It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, NFL
While many know October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month it also is known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but tell the NFL that. Sure it’s great that a few PSAs about domestic violence have been sprinkled in between commercial breaks during football games and that Roger Goodell toured the headquarters of the National Domestic Violence Hotline call center, but all we have noticed is a sea of pink. Pink women’s jerseys, pink hats, pink gloves, pink shoes, etc. Could we get some purple in the mix?
Not that we don’t support the pink. (Pink is the favorite color of some of us who work here.) Anything that brings attention and helps support a worthy cause is wonderful. Breast cancer has claimed the lives of so many individuals and shattered many others so kudos to the NFL for showing support, but what about domestic violence? What about the fact that the NFL has mishandled the whole Ray and Janay Rice incident? Where’s the discussion on how to reach out to players and fans about how domestic violence is something the NFL refuses to tolerate? What about pledging energy, time, and funding to domestic violence shelters and programs? What about partnering local charities with teams?
Just today we read an article on Sports Illustrated’s website about how the NFL plans on doing something for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but they haven’t decided on what yet.
Call us, NFL. We have plenty of suggestions for you.