Target: Jed York, Owner and CEO of the San Francisco 49ers
Goal: Fire football player for alleged domestic battery if the charges are found to be true.
Professional football player Bruce Miller was recently arrested on charges of domestic battery after his wife called the police following an alleged altercation at a restaurant. This is just the most recent instance of a long line of NFL players being reported for domestic abuse and other forms of violence. Demand that Miller’s team, the San Francisco 49ers, fire him at once if he is found guilty of the charges leveled against him.
Professional football has a violence problem. In 2014, the popular players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice were both charged with domestic violence. The scrutiny brought on by these cases was enough for the NFL to finally overhaul its conduct policy for its players, but the league has nonetheless still come under fire for what many consider its undue leniency towards the perpetrators of violence in its ranks. Bruce Miller’s actions, taken in this context, reflect the ongoing culture of violence the league has had to contend with for years.
The NFL needs to take a visible stand against domestic violence and send a clear message that it will not tolerate such behavior. Sign the petition below to demand that Miller be fired from his team if the charges of domestic battery are found to be true.
Dear Mr. York,
I am writing you today regarding the charges that have been leveled against your San Francisco 49ers’ player Bruce Miller. These charges are extremely serious and, if found to be true, deserve the utmost response from you and the rest of the franchise’s management.
As I am sure you know, the NFL is in the middle of a public relations nightmare. Its willful tolerance for violence on the part of a not-insignificant number of its players has stoked rightful criticism and condemnation from many. Short of critically examining toxic masculinity and its distillation in sports culture and dismantling it in turn, this problem of players committing violence in their personal lives will not go away. That does not absolve you and all the other people in positions of authority over the league, its teams, and its players from responsibility though. You have a duty to make it totally clear that domestic violence will not be tolerated by anyone in your sport.
With that in mind, I hope you know what you should do regarding the situation erupting around Bruce Miller. You need to take a stand and fight against this cycle of violence. I demand that you fire him from the San Francisco 49ers if the charges he has been faced with turn out to be true and he is found to be guilty.
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