Domestic Violence in the NFL
Byline: Kadi Aguilar, Staff Writer
The National Football League has recently come under some well-needed heat due to the recent rise of domestic violence assaults among their players. Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, and Jonathan Dwyer are just to name a few. Mr. Rice has been suspended indefinitely and was cut by the Baltimore Ravens, Greg Hardy’s punishment is still pending, and Jonathan Dwyer has been suspended from the Arizona Cardinals.
Men were raised with the notion that they should not hit women, so if they were brought up being taught this, why do these men continue to assault their partners? People are allowed to become angry and frustrated, but they should never hit someone due to it.
“You can’t hit someone and not expect to be hit back,” said Valley nursing major Claudia Delgado about the Rice incident. “But both parties are wrong.”
Before the recent media exposure of these incidents, if any player was involved in a domestic violence case the players would be suspended for a game or two. If the charges were dropped, the players’ names were cleared. As of August 28, 2014, the NFL has come up with a domestic violence policy. For the first offense, the player would serve a six game suspension without pay; for the second offense, the player would get hit with a lifetime ban from the NFL.
However, the lifetime ban can be petitioned for reinstatement after one year, not only for players, but also for executives and owners. Four women are guarding the new policy: Lisa Friel, previous head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in NY County district attorney’s office, Jane Randel, co-founder of No More, a domestic violence and sexual assault organization, Rita Smith, former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Anna Isaacson, the new vice president of community affairs and philanthropy. These women are the commissioners’ last hope to help put an end to these big media stories.
“As a fan, you kind of turn a blind eye to some stuff. You know athletes are getting arrested for DUI. But at the end of the day, you never expect a man to treat any women like that,”expresses Dan Patrick, interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News. “Let alone somebody that they supposedly love. It’s just not acceptable, and I won’t accept it… I just can’t get excited about the NFL anymore. I used to drive my wife crazy watching every game in my Raiders jersey, watching ESPN starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, getting ready for fantasy league. But I just don’t care now.”
“The league has struggled to balance justice, fairness, and its obligations to the players’ union,” states Jon Schuppe of NBC News.”But has failed to stratify critics who say that, too often, the game fails to hold itself and its players accountable.”