The NFL’s Domestic Violence Issues Highlighted Once Again

The NFL’s Domestic Violence Issues Highlighted Once Again

Antonio Brown, Steelers wide receiver, is under investigation for domestic violence. Do you think the NFL is doing enough to stop domestic violence?

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Antonio Brown has had a busy offseason. The Steelers superstar wide receiver had a falling out with the team while putting franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on blast for his leadership skills, or lack thereof. It got to the point where he officially met with owner Art Rooney to clear the air, and both sides believed that a trade was in the best interest for both parties.

And per CBS, he was recently accused of a domestic issue involving the mother of his child, Ms. Jackson. They were engaged in an argument at Brown’s doorway, and in an attempt to get her to leave, Jackson claimed: “Brown used both hands to push her out of the doorway, causing Jackson to fall backwards to the ground.”

No arrests have been made, and not much headway or news since. But, it does bring up the dark cloud hanging around the NFL’s head. It may be America’s most popular league, but there’s no doubt that their handlings of domestic violence have been dubious at best.

In this decade alone, they have had four high-profile cases involving stars Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, and Kareem Hunt.

Peterson was involved in a child abuse case and was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List which is used for players who need to go through the full legal process while dealing with a significant with off-field problem. And while on the list, the player is removed from the team’s 53-man roster and barred from team activities.

Then, once Peterson was removed, the running back was suspended six games and came back to the league.

Ray Rice was caught on video punching and knocking out his then-fianceé, and current wife, Janay Rice in an elevator after a disagreement. It was scary and ugly, but he was only suspended two games. However, his contract was terminated by Ravens, and no one has signed him since.

The NFL faced tremendous backlash in their handlings of the case and the situation led to a policy change on how to handle domestic abuse.

Then came star defensive player Greg Hardy, who threatened and assaulted his girlfriend at the time. He was found guilty in a bench trial, but he appealed and asked for a jury trial.

The evidence was rock-solid and disturbing, but the proceedings did not get off the ground as his former girlfriend stopped cooperating and agreed to a financial settlement with Hardy.

He received 18 months of probation with a 10-game suspension, which, after looking at what he did, can be argued as too little. And then, the suspension was reduced to just four games and the veteran eventually signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

The handling of this case was really something. First off, the baseline punishment in the NFL for domestic violence is supposed to be six games, yet he ultimately got less.

He received the same amount Tom Brady got for his (Brady) alleged involvement in the “Deflategate” scandal where the New England Patriots supposedly deflated balls under the minimum PSI requirement.

And compared to Ray Rice, Hardy has not shown many, if any, signs of remorse. Rice’s actions shocked everyone, especially those of Baltimore because he was regarded as one of the most generous, charitable, and hard-working people around. And when you know his background, it was hard not to root for him.

His inexcusable action has been regarded as a one-time freak incident where he simply lost control. His wife forgave him and said it was the only time he touched her.

Rice went to anger management and therapy, and whenever he talks on the matter, there is genuine remorse to him. Also, he is trying to make a difference, opening up a foundation to help end domestic violence and sexual assault.

While Hardy, on the other hand, has always had an edge to him and whenever he spoke on the topic, never seemed apologetic, instead, saying all the wrong things and being truly dislikable.

And then there’s the most recent case involving former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. He has been involved in three different reported physical incidents since last January, and one was caught in video.

He got into an altercation with a woman and ended up pushing her to the ground, and as she tried to get up, he kicked her.

Hunt and his friend claimed that the women, who appeared to be white, called them both a racial slur which is was led to the altercation. But, that’s not a reason to do what he did.

Pro athletes are always told never to put themselves in situation as these, and if found in one, to control yourself and walk away, which he failed to do.

He was then released by the Chiefs in November, amid an excellent season from him that also saw his team in title contention and placed on the exempt list.

And even though he’s still on the list and the investigation is ongoing, the Cleveland Browns signed him last week. And the general manager who signed him is John Dorsey, the same guy who took a chance on Tyreke Hill in Kansas City.

While in college, Hill pleaded guilty to choking and punching his pregnant girlfriend, which led to dismissal from the team.

So, it’s fair to say that the NFL has not been the best at dealing with domestic violence cases and that they really haven’t learned from the past. They never execute an investigation correctly, opting for the path of ignorance, and their punishments vary while making no sense at all.

Their dealings have enabled teams to proceed with the same mantra: collect as much talent as possible.

They only act when everything is out in the open, and ESPN’s Ian O’Connor put it best when referring to the league and women’s violence, “What did they want to know and when did they decide they had no choice but to know more?” Read more about it here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Antonio Brown, Steelers wide receiver, is under investigation for domestic violence. Do you think the NFL is doing enough to stop domestic violence?

70% No, not helping
30% Yes, they’re trying
71% No, not helping
29% Yes, they’re trying
69% No, not helping
31% Yes, they’re trying

No, not helping

Yes, they’re trying

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