NFL, Police, and Domestic Violence

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to address domestic violence issues. Apparently, domestic violence is a growing problem in the NFL. But how do you address domestic violence in a profession that is characterized by violence as part of its routine? After all, part of the job description for those interested in joining is being one of many grown men running into each other and bashing their heads together. So exactly what kind of person is attracted to that kind of job?

Another job associated with violence — being a police officer — is also high in the domestic violence category. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Law enforcement officers beat their wives or girlfriends at nearly double the rate of the rest of the population …” And in some areas, advocates for battered women are timid in dealing with cases involving officers because it could affect cooperation of local police in cases involving domestic violence.

I can’t understand how a man could actually hit, slap or punch his wife or girlfriend. Something is definitely wrong with someone who would do that.


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