Provide Therapy and Education to Prevent Domestic Violence by NFL Players

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Target: Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner

Goal: Increase access to mental health professionals and provide domestic abuse education across the NFL to prevent more cases of current and former NFL players committing abuse.

National Football League Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was charged recently with three counts of domestic abuse from a fight between Sapp and his longtime girlfriend. Sapp allegedly bit his girlfriend’s finger and stepped on her face during an argument while the two were at a hotel pool in Las Vegas.

The NFL aired a commercial at a recent Super Bowl as part of its “No More” campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence, and while that’s a step in the right direction it’s evident domestic abuse is still a major issue among NFL players. One of the most recent incidents involved Ray Rice, who beat his girlfriend and dragged her out of an elevator. According to NBC News, as of September 2014 there were 12 NFL players with domestic violence arrests who were still suiting up and playing for their team every Sunday.

In the past, the public criticized the NFL for being slow to react when domestic violence charges are brought upon players, and although they’ve slightly improved, it’s time for them to start being proactive about this problem. Urge the NFL to increase access to mental health professionals for current and former NFL players and enforce mandatory domestic abuse education across the NFL to stop the domestic violence before it happens.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Roger Goodell,

National Football League Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was charged recently with three counts of domestic abuse after he allegedly bit his girlfriend’s finger and stepped on her face during an argument while the two were at a hotel pool in Las Vegas.

With the Ray Rice incident fresh on everyone’s minds, it’s obvious domestic abuse is still a major issue among NFL players. According to NBC News, as of September 2014 there were 12 NFL players with domestic violence arrests who were still suiting up and playing for their team every Sunday.

So it’s not surprising that people have criticized the NFL for being slow to react when domestic violence charges are brought upon players. It’s time to start being proactive about this problem. I urge you to increase access to mental health professionals for current and former NFL players and enforce mandatory domestic abuse education across the NFL to stop the domestic violence before it happens.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

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