The power of NFL fans

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Deb­o­rah Ep­stein’s res­ig­na­tion from the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion com­mis­sion on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, as she ex­plained in her June 6 op-ed, “A failed at­tempt to stop NFL do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” ex­poses what women’s groups have long un­der­stood about cer­tain NFL own­ers and front of­fices: Fi­nan­cial gain and self-in­ter­est can over­ride es­tab­lished ethics and hu­man de­cency when foot­ball ex­ec­u­tives make ros­ter de­ci­sions. NFL teams con­tinue to draft, of­fer con­tracts and give sec­ond chances to ath­let­i­cally gifted men who beat and sex­u­ally as­sault women. Noth­ing will change un­til con­sumer dis­ap­proval threat­ens NFL profit mar­gins and fans be­gin us­ing their wal­lets to de­mand bil­lion­aire own­ers stop wel­com­ing do­mes­tic abusers into their work­force.

Maryellen Don­nel­lan, Falls Church

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