Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo Reveals NFL Franchises Hid 'Hundreds And Hundreds' Of Domestic Violence Incidents Over the Years
USA Today's Josh Peter just dropped a total bombshell that anyone could've assumed but no one really wanted to accept: NFL players have been beating the crap out of their loved ones for years, and teams have routinely swept those incidents under the rug.
[USA Today] A former NFL executive said teams did not discipline players in "hundreds and hundreds" of domestic violence incidents during his 30 years in the league, and said he now regrets his role in the failure to take action.
[Angelo] said his typical approach after learning of a player's involvement in a domestic violence case was to inquire, "OK, is everybody OK? Yeah. How are they doing? Good. And then we'd just move on. We'd move on.''
"We knew it was wrong,'' Angelo said. "…For whatever reason, it just kind of got glossed over. I'm no psychiatrist, so I can't really get into what that part of it is. I'm just telling you how I was. I've got to look at myself first. And I was part of that, but I didn't stand alone.''
Angelo went on to say that, after seeing the Ray Rice tape, it became clear what "domestic violence" actually entailed, which is why he's now coming forward with such a startling revelation. He also made it clear that he thought Roger Goodell "Would never cover anything up," though his failure to obtain the video was evidence Goodell was covering his own ass.
That worked out well, huh?
The most troubling part of all of this might just be that no one from an NFL front office had ever come forth and noted the unacceptably high prevalence of domestic violence in the league before this season's bumper crop of DV incidents. Not once. You know what they say, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me hundreds and hundreds of times, shame on me...and by me we mean them...and by them we mean the NFL at large.
Friday morning, Jerry Angelo told “The Kap and Haugh Show” the USA Today article took his comments on domestic violence coverups out of context.
“That ‘hundreds and hundreds’ was taken totally out of context. When I was making a point to this person, I was making a point that over my 31 years in the National Football League I’ve seen a lot of changes. There were hundreds and hundreds of things over those years that I’ve seen that have gotten better. Domestic violence is one of those. There were no hundreds and hundreds [of cases] of domestic violence. I would have no knowledge of that or have any idea how I would authenticate that ... That was never the intent of [the writer’s] conversation with me.”
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