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NFL Partners With Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Groups; Goodell Gives Awful Press Conference

September 19th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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The NFL, in its continuing efforts to quell the outrage over its treatment of violent offenses among members of its league, has announced that it has partnered with two organizations — the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

In the past week, according to Roger Goodell, the NFL’s commissioner, the domestic violence hotline has received 80 percent more calls, but it doesn’t have the resources to handle all of those calls. In a memo that was sent to the league’s 32 teams, the NFL’s support will provide for 25 full-time advocates in the next five weeks, giving it the ability to take 750 more calls.

In addition, the memo, which the Los Angeles Times got its hands on, says the teams will participate in education sessions and training programs over the next month. And the league is going to beef up its current programs.

Goodell then held a press conference this afternoon at 3pm ET in which he repeated a good chunk of this information. He added that there are experts that will look at player and employee conduct policies “including his role in the process,” and the league will implement new policies. The goal is to have the committee in place by the Super Bowl. Which seems like a really long time to hire people to sit around and talk about an issue that is happening now and requires some urgency, but OK.

Then it was time for Goodell to take questions from the reporters in the room and that’s when the presser devolved into a rambling, mumbling mess. When asked whether he ever considered stepping down from his job, Goodell said he “never considered resigning,” then said something about all the work he has to to do and all the changes they’re going to make.

When asked why there are no women of color among the domestic violence experts that have been brought on board to consult with the league, he said that wasn’t true, then went on about people of color being on staff and working on the changes.

He repeatedly deflected questions about the independent investigation that’s being conducted about the way the recent incidents were handled.

Then TMZ lowered the boom and asked why Goodell or anyone else didn’t take some initiative to get the surveillance video from the elevator. Goodell stands by the league’s efforts, saying they’re going through law enforcement.

“We found that (video) by one phone call. You guys have a whole legal department,” the TMZ reporter said. Ouch.

The fall out from the press conference is pretty huge and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better for Goodell or the league anytime soon. It was announced today (prior to the presser) that Procter & Gamble’s Crest toothpaste brand has pulled out of plans to partner with the league on its on-field breast cancer awareness promotion planned for next month. It hasn’t pulled anything else, but is watching the situation, it says. The company still plans to donate $100,000 to the American Cancer Society.

And Sen. Cory Booker says the league should have its nonprofit status snatched. Wait… the NFL is a nonprofit? The league brought in $9 billion last year. “This common sense update to our tax laws would save more than $100 million over 10 years — money that can instead be used to pay for vital support programs that have seen their funding slashed in recent years due to sequestration and gridlock,” the Senator said in a statement. A number of other politicians agree with him.

Says The Huffington Post:

According to the organization, the league falls under nonprofit status because its administrative office acts as a trade organization, handling responsibilities like overseeing game rules and employing referees — not contributing to profitable efforts by the league’s 32 teams, which pay taxes on tickets, jersey sales and television rights — ABC News reported.

Goodell’s terrible press conference shows that while he sees the league needs to do something — that people are angry and they want to see the NFL respond — he and the league are completely and totally clueless about both what to do and, in a way, why people are so mad in the first place. There’s this palpable sense that they’re being pushed to action grudgingly by fans and sponsors every step of the way. 

‘When You Whip Those You Love, It’s Not About Abuse:’ Adrian Peterson’s Mom Defends Him In The Wake Of Child Abuse Allegations

September 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Adrian Peterson's mom defends him against abuse allegations.

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Adrian Peterson has been a headline favorite since he was brought up on child abuse charges for beating and injuring his 4-year-old son with a switch. After receiving much backlash, the Minnesota Vikings decided to deactivate the 29-year-old pending the outcome of the investigation. The Houston Chronicle recently spoke with Peterson’s mother, Bonita Jackson, who defended her son.

“I don’t care what anybody says, most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes,” explained Jackson. “But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world. When you whip those you love, it’s not about abuse, it’s about love. You want to make them understand that they did wrong.”

Jackson went on to confirm previous statements that both she and Adrian’s father, Nelson Peterson, were “big disciplinarians” when their children were small. She adds that she used her hands, belts and switches to discipline her children, but that she never injured them.

Jackson says that her son is now getting counseling to learn alternative methods to discipline his children, for example, having the child stand in the corner for five minutes. The mother of six argues that she would be “so angry with anybody who willfully hurt her grandbabies,” and that she does not believe this is what her son intended to do.

“It’s been a heartbreaking experience,” she expressed. “Words can’t explain it. I just stay prayerful and God will get the glory.”

“He is trying hard to be a good parent. He’s working at it. People are judging him for this one incident, but they don’t know his heart. It was never his intent to hurt his son.”

The saddest part of it all, Jackson says, is that both she and her son have been barred from all contact with the 4-year-old child, who currently lives with his mother in Minnesota.

“I feel nothing but love for her [the boy's mother]. She’s so sweet,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, we want to protect our children. It happened and so now we as a family need to work things out and move forward.”

“But when we talk to her, we can hear him laughing and playing in the background. He sounds happy,” she said. “I know his mother has much respect for Adrian. She knows he’s a good father, no matter how much people attack his character, only God can judge us.”

Before concluding the interview, she quickly added: “But Adrian is good and does a good job. We live with the choices we make.”

Ray Rice May Cite “Double Jeopardy” In Legal Charge Against NFL

September 19th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Relatives of Ray Rice and his wife Janay Rice recently revealed that the couple plans to take legal action against the NFL for his league suspension. The couple will cite “double jeopardy” for the repercussions placed upon Rice for his domestic violence assault. Earlier this spring, a video surfaced of Rice dragging his then-fiancee, Janay out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. In May, the ex-Baltimore Ravens running back pleaded guilty to third-degree aggravated assault.

Although Rice pleaded guilty, another video surfaced of him punching Janay unconscious in the elevator before dragging her out. Once the second video surfaced, the Ravens terminated him and his $35 million contract. The NFL followed suit and served Rice a lifetime suspension. The second round of much more severe punishment is what Rice could be questioning.

The Daily News reports, Rice’s appeal may spark congressional action. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says of the controversy: “If the NFL doesn’t police themselves, then we will be looking more into it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had hearings.” She also noted the NFL poorly responded to Rice assaulting his wife. Most people would likely agree with her.

Senator Gillibrand stated if NFL’s Commissioner Goodell lied to the public about not seeing the full video coverage, he should step down from his position. Gillibrand was one of the 16 female senators who sent a letter demanding there is a “zero-tolerance policy” for domestic violence occurring in the NFL players personal lives.

Fix That Flipper: Dr. Heavenly Replaces Momma Dee’s Missing Tooth

September 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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We all watched (and laughed) as Momma Dee’s tooth came out during the middle of one of her performances.

Momma Dee took it all in stride, making light of the whole thing, completely unashamed.

But I’m sure she realized if she’s going to do this singing thing, she’ll have to take care of that flipper situation, with something a little bit more permanent. Luckily, Dr. Heavenly, from “Married To Medicine,” was there to step in and help her fellow reality star sister out.

She installed a veneer.

But first, Momma Dee shared the story of how she lost the tooth in the first place.

“I was married to Scrappy’s daddy. We got into it. I remember that night before he went to revival. I told him when I get up, I want the diapers there because I had to put Scrappy on the nursery van. And I woke up and said, ‘Where is the diapers?’ He gon’ say, ‘Well, I didn’t get none.’ So we got into it. He cut off the light, I cut it on. He pushed me, I pushed him. He hit me in my mouth and he did this. (Pulls tooth out of her mouth.) I’m known, I’m a fighter. People were like, ‘Why you ain’t whoop his ass?” I said, ‘Bitch, I was on the floor trying to find my damn teeth.”

Not to make light of a very serious domestic violence situation but Momma Dee is seriously a great storyteller and I watched and re-watched that the video of her tooth transformation, just to hear her say that last line.

Remember how we were all so surprised to learn that Scrappy’s daddy was a pastor? Apparently, he wasn’t always the upstanding kind.

Anyway, now that I know the full backstory, I’m really glad to hear that these women were able to come together and replace her missing tooth. Considering Scrappy was in diapers when her husband knocked it out of her mouth, it’s been a long time coming.

You can watch Momma Dee’s transformation in the video below.

Cardinals Player Jonathan Dwyer Allegedly Broke Wife’s Nose After She Denied Him Sex

September 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday, we told you that yet another NFL player had been arrested for domestic violence. Now, details about the disturbing allegations are being revealed.

According to the New York Daily News, Arizona Cardinals star Jonathan Dwyer is accused of terrorizing his wife for nearly two days in July after she brushed off his sexual advances. Dwyer’s wife said that when he tried kissing and undressing her, she responded by biting him on the lip, which resulted in a physical altercation. The following day, she alleges that he punched her on the left side of her face with a closed fist. She adds that he also allegedly began beating on the walls in their home and tossed a shoe at their 18-month-old son. Thankfully, police say that the child was not injured during the rampage, but according to ABC News, Dwyer’s wife alleges that she sustained a broken nose when he headbutted her.

After the second alleged assault, police say that Dwyer’s wife left Arizona; however, she returned one week later after receiving suicidal text messages from her husband. Investigators say that he even sent over a photo of a knife. It’s also alleged that he threatened to take his life in front of their son. As previously reported, although the incidents are said to have occurred in July, they were not reported until September 11.

Dwyer was arrested Wednesday and was released from jail by Thursday on $25,000 bond. The 25-year-old was also ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and is prohibited from traveling outside of Arizona. He has been deactivated from all team activities due to “the serious nature of these allegations,” but will continue to collect a weekly check of $730,000 under his contract. He continues to deny allegations that he assaulted his wife.

 

Career Strike Out: 10 Controversial & Disgraced Sports Figures

September 18th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Minnesota Vikings reverse decision to let Adrian Peterson return to the field.

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By now you have probably heard about the domestic violence situations in the NFL with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and now Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson–with more allegations coming to the surface. And now we have word that the Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer has been “deactivated” from the team over abuse allegations.

As much as we love to put athletes on pedestals not a single one is perfect, or given a pass because they’re a celebrity to act a certain way. Here’s a look at 10 controversial and disgraced sports figures. This list in many ways could be endless.

Black Women’s Group Calls Out The NFL For Exclusion From Group Of Domestic Violence Experts

September 18th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Ray Rice publicly apologizes to his wife, Janay Palmer, for Valentine's Day assault.

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The NFL, in its efforts to get a handle on its response to the various abuse scandals and allegations, has created a group to seek out answers, led by Anna Isaacson, a community affairs vice president. And they’ve enlisted the help of three domestic violence experts: Lisa Friel, former head of sex-crimes prosecution for the Manhattan district attorney; and Jane Randel, co-founder of NO MORE, an advocacy group focusing on domestic violence and sexual assault; and Rita Smith, the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

But the Black Women’s Roundtable, an organization comprised of a variety of female leaders, has an issue with the exclusion of Black women from that group.

“[Y]our lack of inclusion of women of color, especially black women who are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault; and the fact that over 66% of the NFL players are made up of African-Americans, is unacceptable,” the group said in a statement.

Rev. Jesse Jackson has also taken issue with the lack of diversity among the group.

“Where is the jury of your peers?” he said.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida says that two-thirds of the league is African American.

In its response, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy agreed that there is a need for diverse thinking to address the issue, and gave assurances that the effort to better handle this issue is a collaborative one.

“To be successful and make a real difference, the entire NFL will be responsible for the development and implementation of education, training and support programs,” he continued.

It’s clear that the NFL is well behind the times on a variety of issues, and it has finally caught up with them. But on women’s issues in particular this could be a huge setback for the league and for the goals of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Five years ago, he set a goal to grow the league into a $25 billion business by 2025. To do that, it would have to court the millions of women the league says are fans. Now, The New York Times says, the league is struggling to continue a convincing pitch to women.

“I urge them to seize this moment,” said PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, a major NFL sponsor. “How they handle these cases going forward can help shape how we as a nation, as a society and as individuals treat domestic violence and child abuse.”

Columbus Short To File Appeal In Domestic Violence Case: “She’s Just Upset, A Woman Scorned”

September 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last month, Columbus Short decided to take a no-jail plea deal in the spousal battery case involving his estranged wige Tanee. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery in exchange for a 3-year probation sentence, 45 days of community labor, a 52-week domestic violence program and 26 AA meetings. Now, the former “Scandal” actor has plans to file an appeal in the case.

“I’ll probably file an appeal in the case because I don’t want it on my record since I didn’t do it,” he told the Daily News.

As for why he accepted the deal, Short claims things were very “rushed” and he didn’t realize what was going on.

“I took a deal when I didn’t really know what was going on. It was so rushed. I was in custody, and I was trying to make it to (another) courthouse (for another case),” he explained.

Speaking of domestic violence, the troubled star also addressed his recent social media commentary on Ray Rice where he blasted the athlete for abusing his wife.

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“What he did was awful,” said Columbus.

Of course, folks felt like it was a “pot calling the kettle black” type situation, but Columbus insists that his estranged wife is lying about him being violent with her.

“I’ve never touched a woman, never touched a woman like that in my life,” he argued. “She’s just upset, a woman scorned.”

As previously reported, Tanee accused Columbus of hitting her and pulling out a knife.

Arizona Cardinals Player Jonathan Dwyer Arrested For Domestic Violence Against Woman And 18-Month-Old Child, Deactivated From Team

September 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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What’s really going on with the men in the NFL?

It’s time to ask that question because yet another player has been pulled from the field for domestic violence.

Arizona Cardinals player Jonathan Dwyer, 25, was arrested on Wednesday and is facing charges of aggravated assault (one for causing a fracture and one for assault involving a minor), criminal damage and preventing an individual from calling 911, according to CBS News. The charges are based on two separate incidents that occurred in July at the player’s home in Phoenix.

According to the New York Times, the victims were a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child. On July 21, the police were called by neighbors after hearing a fight going on in Dwyer’s home. The victim met police at the door and said there was no one else in the home but her. Dwyer was reportedly hiding in the bathroom the whole time.

The very next day the woman tried calling the police again when another incident escalated out of control. Dwyer allegedly took her cell phone and threw it, and the two engaged in a physical altercation. The claim was also made that after that fight, Dwyer threw a shoe near the 18-month-old child. It was not made clear whether or not the woman’s child is Dwyer’s.

The victim fled the state with her child after both attacks.

If you’re wondering why these allegations against Dwyer were brought up now, it’s because they were just reported on September 11, days after the Ray Rice incident made national news. It could have been possible that the victim found the courage to come forward after Rice was suspended indefinitely and publicly shamed. According to CBS News, the victim provided details of the injuries and some text messages that Dwyer sent her that included a photo of a knife and some threatening statements. But according to Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department, many of the threats weren’t only against the woman:

“Most of them were indicating he was going to harm himself because of what was going on.”

The Arizona Cardinals have since made the decision to deactivate the running back from all team activities, and issued the following statement:

“We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are cooperating fully. Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities. We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available.”

Dwyer, who admitted to the incidents but denied physically assaulting the woman, is out of police custody after providing a cash bond of $25,000. He is not allowed to have contact with the victims, can’t leave the state of Arizona and can’t be in the possession of drugs, weapons or alcohol.

Nike Suspends Its Contract With Adrian Peterson Over Abuse Allegations

September 17th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Update: It looks like anxiety is turning into action.

Sponsors are getting more vocal about their anger over the NFL’s handling of all of the recent controversy. Where there are many who have gone the traditional route, saying they’re monitoring the situation (GM and FedEx were among those) there are others who are making stronger statements. They haven’t entirely pulled their dollars, but their words are stronger than many we would normally hear.

“We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league,” said Anheuser-Busch in a statement. Their deal with the NFL is worth $50 million.

McDonald’s has released a similar statement, as did Visa and Campbell’s Soup. Numbers quoted by the Associated Press show that the NFL reaches 17.4 million people during an average regular season football game, making their reach incredibly valuable for a brand.

Nike, which can claim to have a tremendous reach and influence as well, has suspended its contract with Adrian Peterson entirely.

The Vikings announced today that Peterson has been suspended indefinitely.

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Original story posted September 16, 2014

Sponsors are starting to feel the heat over their financial support of the NFL in light of the domestic violence situation involving Ray Rice and child abuse charges against Adrian Peterson. Already, we have one brand, hotel chain Radisson, suspending its deal with the Minnesota Vikings after the team decided to reinstate Peterson for this weekend’s game. During the press conference announcing that he would be welcomed back on the field, the Radisson logo figured prominently on signage behind the team’s general manager and coach. By last night, Radisson, which is a part of Carlson Hotel Group, had issued a statement saying:

Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children. We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances.

In addition to those charges for beating his four-year-old, Peterson was previously accused in an incident in which his child needed his head bandaged after getting a “whoopin” while strapped in a car seat. Peterson said in a statement yesterday that he never meant to harm his son. (Although, anyone with enough sense to come in out of the rain knows that’s what’s going to happen when a large football player armed with tree branches and belts hits a small child. But we digress.) Then we have the issue that CoverGirl is facing over its sponsorship of the NFL in general, given the ongoing situation with Ray Rice. The NFL has been very openly trying to reach female fans, which is no doubt where the make up company comes in. But with the league’s seeming inability to deal with domestic violence, there are some who are calling for CoverGirl to pull its sponsorship. That’s why the photo below started showing up on Twitter the other day.

CoverGirl issued a statement on its Facebook page last night saying:

As a brand that has always supported women and stood for female empowerment, COVERGIRL believes domestic violence is completely unacceptable. We developed our NFL program to celebrate the more than 80 million female football fans. In light of recent events, we have encouraged the NFL to take swift action on their path forward to address the issue of domestic violence.

Most commenters are telling the company to put their money where their mouth is. Others are wondering whether some of the brand’s spokespeople, which includes Ellen Degeneres, Queen Latifah and Janelle Monae, will be moved to discontinue their association with the company or, at the very least, come out with a statement of some sort. At this point, the company has not pulled its dollars.