LOVE HURTS: Domestic Violence in Sports

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(Cartoon illustration by Jenn Webster)

There happens to be a growing, as well as frightening, trend here in these United States: yes, one of the problems that this country has been dealing with is domestic violence; But now, this ever-growing problem has since become the most common crime among the most spotlighted perpetrators: Male athletes.
Yes, it certainly appears that the most common crime among male athletes happens to be domestic violence, while the struggle rages on about how to address the increasing number of domestic violence incidents that have been committed by athletes. Instances of domestic violence are such incidents that have been occurred by the members of the NFL, and that happens to be because of its immense popularity here in the United States.
Now, how does domestic violence occur when it comes to male athletes? Well, it is most often perpetrated by both collegiates as well as professional athletes, especially off the field. The victims who happen to be the most victims of those perpetrators are women; Football is a time-honored, high contact sport that has been enjoyed by millions of Americans, but the sport has also been the subject of discussion that surrounds both major athletes and domestic violence. According to scholars, they suggested that due to the environment of football, players somehow can develop violent behavior, which can be a potential accelerator/stimulator of domestic violence. 

Due to this, most people criticize major sports franchises for lack of action regarding domestic violence. Of course, the practice of domestic violence among athletes is nothing new, but it became nationally recognized; It became that issue when a man by the name of Ray Rice, a player for the NFL football game the Baltimore Ravens, had only been suspended from two NFL games in 2014 after assaulting his then-fiancee, and now wife. It happened at a hotel elevator when Rice kicked out his wife; TMZ released the video afterward. Before the incident happened, the NFL conducted a policy that stated that players would be disciplined for offense regarding domestic abuse, but did not give any specifics, so the NFL had to scramble to come up with something to punish Rice, but as mentioned, the NFL suspended him for only two games.
The NFL has received large criticism for this light suspension, so it was up to its commissioner by the name of Roger Goodell to create a whole new set of rules stating that, if a player abuses a partner, it would be a six-game suspension without pay for the first offense, while in the second offense, if the player continues to abuse the partner, then the player would be kicked out of the league for at least a year.
Due to the violent nature of football, football players could have a violent nature inside themselves; The most biggest problem among the NFL just happens to be domestic violence, and according to NBC News’ Jon Shuppe, there have been 87 arrests involving 80 football players over the last 14 years. Among the players of the sport, a contributing factor to domestic violence happens to be the fact that they are desensitized to physical conduct, and that happens to be because it is a part of what they do all of the time. There are also some football players when have grown up in an environment where violence is used to solve problems. And in nearly every case of domestic violence that involve male athletes, they who play the sport would be violent enough to abuse their wives or girlfriends physically. 

Domestic violence is something that no woman should ever have to go through-It does not matter if the woman is black, white, or any other race: It hurts ALL women, in ALL races, and ALL backgrounds. If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or learn more at its website right here

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