Domestic Violence in the Sports Industry: Editorial

Domestic violence is has been a long time problem in the U.S. but recently it has hit the sports industry big time.
One of the first lessons you learn in life is that your hands are not for hurting and if you do use your hands to hurt you will have to deal with the consequences.
But somehow the professional sports players seemed to have missed out on that valuable lesson.
There are a dozen NFL players with domestic violence arrests under their belts that are still suiting up on Sundays.
Since Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his daughter, before killing himself in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium on December 1, 2012, ten players have been arrested in the NFL for domestic violence and only 4 were cut by their teams.
In fact, as pointed out by Lindsay H. Jones in 2013, of the 84 arrests between 2000 and 2013 for domestic violence, no player received more than a one-game suspension.
The league has struggled to balance justice, fairness and its obligations to the players’ union, but has failed to satisfy critics who say that, too often, the game fails to hold itself and its players accountable.
Sports players are meant to be role models, kids of all ages look up to them. Are we teaching the kids that there will be no consequences for their actions?
But violence, domestic or otherwise, goes well beyond football. According to SI there has been at least one case of violence in every major sport in the past 10 years.
Since when is it okay to harm women and children because you are angry. But the big question is why are these players only getting a slap on the wrist?
It’s the league commissioners, after all, who often remind players that it is a privilege, not a right to put on the uniform.

By: Brittany Fisher


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