Scott Walker, Republican Governor of Wisconsin, challenged the NFL to take a stand against domestic violence on Monday. He argued that the issue could unite the league in the midst of the present controversy over protesting during the National Anthem.
Walker wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. In the letter, he said players should stop protesting during the anthem and instead concentrate on combatting domestic violence. “It is time for players in the NFL to stop protests during the anthem and move on from what has become a divisive political sideshow,” Walker wrote in the letter.
“Instead, I encourage them to use their voices and influence to take a stand against domestic violence. With the NFL owners meeting occurring tomorrow, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, now would be an especially opportune time to strongly condemn domestic violence and lead the charge in supporting safe families across America.”
Walker is referencing the controversy of the amount of NFL players engaged in domestic violence. In 2017 Michael Bowie for the NY Giants was arrested for domestic violence, Tramaine Brock has been charged with domestic violence (charges were dropped), and Will Parks of the Denver Broncos was charged after a police office witness marks on his child’s mother and child, however, prosecutors dropped the charges. These charges were just in 2017. Of course this is the fall out after running back star Ray Rice was captured on video knocking out his wife and running back star Adrian Peterson under investigation for child abuse.
The NFL is holding its league meeting this week, and they are certainly going to discuss the implications of the National Anthem protests. President Trump inflamed the controversy by suggesting that NFL owners fire any player who took a knee instead of standing during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” After the president’s comment, many more players and coaches joined in the protest.
Walker later tweeted this statement: “Today I sent a letter to the @NFL saying players should be role models & stand up to domestic violence — instead of disrespecting our flag.”
The Wisconsin governor said that he recently listened to domestic abuse survivors at the State Capitol. “As I sat and heard these amazing stories, it occurred to me that NFL players could have a remarkable impact on awareness and prevention efforts if each player would agree to speak out, as well as agree to take a personal stand, against domestic violence. This is an issue that can unite people across America,” the governor wrote.
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Credit: The Hill