Domestic Violence in Sports

Erin Nicole Lawson

Why is domestic violence in sports not shown as a crime?

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In the picture the author is describing the NFL's willful ignorance toward domestic violence. They are worried about their players reputations that they willingly cover for them.

They are getting away with it!

Players that are accused and found guilty of domestic violence shouldn't be "protected by management" because they have committed a crime. They have damaged an innocent life.

Can letting NFL players get away with domestic violence give them the free will to commit a crime again ?

In the NFL they ignore the fact that players are committing crimes so that their players can still preform at games, Jeff Benedict explains that "A lot of attention has been paid lately to the long-term damage NFL players suffer from concussive hits that are inherent to the game. But the league has consistently turned a blind eye to blows sustained by women at the hands of many NFL players over the last two decades"

Benedict, Jeff. "The NFL's Willful Ignorance." Los Angeles Times 2014 sep 14: A.21 DB - SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

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Why should the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) be enforced in all sports?

The VAWA should be enforced in ALL sports because even in hockey and baseball. Barry explains how the Baseball Association tries to ignore the fact that their players are causing a crime. "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement saying it and its members "do not condone the mistreatment of others by playing or non-playing personnel" and said it "supports Mr. Chapman's decision to forgo his right to appeal. After a Major League player was accused of rape and removed from the next 30 games, the players and representatives immediately reacted to prevent and "cover" the past events.

Svrluga, Barry. "Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman Suspended 30 Games for Domestic..." Washington Post 2016 mar 01: N.p. DB - SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

How can domestic violence effect the abuser and the abused?

More times than not the abuser , especially in the NFL, will go to a form of rehabilitation that is supposed to help them. I fell the abuser should receive more than a "punishment" and that they are not fully effected by the harm they have done to an innocent human being. According to Katherine Baker, " Many domestic violence courts offer counseling and rehabilitation services for abusers. That is an opportunity for abusers to discuss, with other abusers and trained counselors, the source of their anger and their views toward women. The goal is to get abusers to recognize and work through the feelings and expectations that lead them to violence. "

Baker, Katherine. "NFL's Indefinite Suspension of Ray Rice Is the Wrong Approach." Chicago Tribune 2014 sep 23: 13 DB - SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 9 May 2016.

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Can letting NFL players get away with domestic violence give them the free will to commit the crime again

He got away with beating her and continued to do it after words. If she never spoke up she would have been in a toxic relationship with a child who could possibly be in harms way. He should have been jailed the first time to prevent any further abuse Jeff Benedict also explains how "A top player on the Miami Dolphins allegedly choked and beat his pregnant fiancee in the shower. Months later, shortly after the baby was born, the player was accused of severely beating his wife again. Yet even after he pleaded guilty to lesser charges as part of a deal and served jail time, the league did not sanction him."

Why so many players not accused of their crime?

Players get away with anything because they are needed on the team, so coaches and managers will do anything to keep them on the field. Even when accused the only thing they will give the player is a light punishment or a suspension , but in all actuality these men are harming a human being and leaving an emotional toll on these women. While the only get "punished" Gilbert explains in his article that."The NFL, as many have been writing for too many years, has a violence-against-women problem. The incidents are too many to catalogue. But by suspending Ray Rice for two games, a lighter suspension than the league’s marijuana smokers receive, Roger Goodell and his coterie of owners are sending a message that it just doesn’t matter. I don’t know why anyone would expect more from a league notorious for racist nicknames, out-of-control owners and a locker-room culture that would shame some high schools. But still. Two games. I did not think the NFL had the capacity to stun me with its blockheadedness"