This weekend, Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker, Javon Belcher, killed his girlfriend, the mother of their 3 month old daughter, and himself. Two other NFL players faced domestic violence charges this year, as well. Kansas City Chiefs' former running back, Larry Johnson, was arrested in October for choking his girlfriend. Miami Dolphins' receiver Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson was arrested in August for headbutting his wife. These high profile cases give the NFL the opportunity to take a stand and speak out about domestic violence. 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Reports of domestic violence increase by 10% during the last hour of the game through a couple hours afterward when an NFL team has lost a game it was expected to win; when a teams loses to a rival team, reports increase by 17%. The NFL has an opportunity to act, to talk about domestic violence and how to get help, to influence players and fans alike.
- Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League
Take action on domestic violence.
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