Target: Chicago Bears Chair George McCaskey
Goal: Praise the Chicago Bears for dropping player alleged to have history of domestic violence.
Domestic violence and child endangerment accusations have gotten Chicago Bears player Ray McDonald arrested once again. Thankfully the Bears’ leadership had enough and announced that they have dropped him from the team. Applaud the leadership for doing the right thing and not abiding possible domestic abuse among their players.
Police were recently dispatched to McDonald’s home early one morning to respond to an incident where he was alleged to have “physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby.” Though McDonald was not at the residence when police arrived, he was located later that morning and arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence.
This was not the first time McDonald has crossed paths with the law. Last year he was arrested on felony suspicion of domestic abuse against his pregnant fiancee, though in the end he was never formally charged. Later that year he was also accused of and investigated for rape, though the charges were dropped after law enforcement couldn’t find enough evidence against him.
It’s no secret that the NFL has a problem with violence against women. In order for that culture to change, the league’s leadership needs to take a firm stance against it and show that it will not be tolerated. Thankfully, with the Chicago Bears firing McDonald after this most recent arrest, they seem to be doing that. Sign the petition below to thank the Chicago Bears for not condoning even suspicions of such horrendous violence.
Dear Chairperson McCaskey,
I am writing you today regarding Ray McDonald, your team’s former defensive tackle. Specifically, I wanted to take the time to thank you for doing the right thing and letting him go from the Bears in the wake of his most recent arrest.
The NFL has been rightfully condemned in recent years for its disturbingly lax treatment of violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault on the part of its players. The public backlash has been so severe, in fact, that the league was obliged to overhaul its disciplinary policies. Unfortunately, many considered the overhaul to be nothing more than a public relations stunt designed only to alleviate public scrutiny, not actually force change in the toxic culture of violence festering in its organization.
With that in mind, your decision to fire McDonald was a breath of fresh air. Whether or not McDonald is ever formally charged or found guilty of the most recent suspicions of domestic violence and child endangerment, by letting him go you are showing that domestic violence will not be tolerated on your team and, by extension, that it should not be tolerated at all throughout the NFL.
If the management of other teams had the courage to follow your example whenever a player is continually accused of violence and sexual assault, the NFL would be a better place. I thank you for taking a firm stance against domestic violence and firing McDonald from the Chicago Bears.
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