[NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell apologized for his role in the NFL’s handling of the matter.
He also vowed that the NFL will mandate trainings on preventing abuse for all players and staff. What the trainings will entail remains to be seen. But researchers say that to truly cut back on violence among players, the NFL should address at least one major risk factor: a culture of acceptance in professional sports.
“What we’re talking about here is culture change,” [violence prevention educator Jason] Katz says. “We’re talking about setting a tone where abusive behavior is seen as completely unacceptable.”
We shall have to wait and see whether these trainings will curb the problem of NFL players beating up their partners; but even the notion that the step is needed is in line with what we know about intervening in violence.
I plan to follow up with Dr. Slutkin and ask for his take on this.Image: a doctored CoverGirl ad that went viral in the wake of the revelations about Rice’s domestic violence history.
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