Domestic violence is a serious societal problem. Although domestic violence abuse and arrests are not usually highly publicized, it is a different case when the persons involved are public figures. When sports figures and role models, idolized by adults and children, are accused of domestic violence, the public outcry is much more widespread.
Since the fallout following the Ray Rice domestic assault controversy, the NFL has instituted a policy that until now has not been seen in the world of professional football. This year’s football draft contenders underwent mandatory sexual assault and domestic violence awareness training. The 45 minute long presentation was intended to inform the players about what constitutes domestic violence. It features video clips of various NFL personnel, including a commentary by William Gay, a Pittsburgh Steelers player, who witnessed the murder of his mother by his step-father when he was just a young child of seven. The players will be repeating the program about domestic violence again in June of this year, and a more intensive, updated program will be required of all the players later this year.
These are positive steps in the movement to reduce incidents of domestic violence. The NFL faced much criticism this past year for their mishandling of the Ray Rice incident, and for other violent cases. Dallas Cowboys player, Greg Hardy, was banned for ten games, due to an alleged assault of a woman in 2014. He escaped prosecution when the victim did not appear in court, but the NFL took matters into its own hands when they banned him from playing.
The NFL has enacted a personal conduct policy for players, as well as tough sanctions for players who do not abide by policy guidelines. The NFL’s vice-president of social responsibility, Anna Issacson, believes that this is a positive change for the NFL organization.
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