NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith on Wednesday defended the league’s approach to enforcing a ban on domestic violence.
“You know, the players, the coaches, the general managers, you’re all doing something,” Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take.”
“But I think what I want to make clear is that we are doing something that is good for the NFL and good for America.
And that is that there are no more games, no more playing games, in this country that are about protecting women.
There are no rules or regulations in place to prevent women from coming forward to tell the truth about what’s happening to them and the violence that they’re being subjected to.”NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has come under fire for his handling of the domestic violence situation at the team that includes allegations of multiple acts of domestic violence by players.
Smith said that players have an obligation to the organization and the league to do everything they can to help prevent domestic violence from happening in the NFL.
“When you have a league that is the most powerful organization in sports, that has a mandate to protect women and children and it’s an organization that’s built on the belief that you’re not going to be judged on the facts of your life, then it’s a little strange when there are allegations of physical abuse,” Smith told host Brian Kilmeade.
“That doesn’t bode well for the trust that the NFL has with its employees and the people that they hire and the players that they have.
We all need to be a little more vigilant.”