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  • EXAMINING SPOUSAL ABUSE AMONG FOOTBALL PLAYERS

         According to an investigation by the WASHINGTON POST, 141
    men -- 56 current and former professional football and 85 college
    football athletes -- have been reported to police for violent
    behavior toward women since January 1, 1989, when O.J. Simpson
    reportedly beat his wife during a pre-dawn argument.  The 3-month
    review also found allegations by victims and prosecutors that
    football players were given "preferential treatment."  Of the 141
    men accused, 48 of them were convicted, and 18 of those men were
    incarcerated.
    Within weeks after O.J. Simpson was charged with murdering his
    ex-wife, the NFL sent counselors to its 28 team training camps to
    talk to players for the first time about domestic violence.  But
    Lem Burnham, who heads the NFL's employee assistance program,
    said the lectures were not prompted by the Simpson case.  NFL Dir
    of Communications Greg Aiello: "We're not in the criminal justice
    system.  We can't cure every ill in society.  You know, we're
    putting on football games.  And unless it impacts on the
    business, we have to be very careful [from a legal standpoint]
    about disciplinary action we take" (Bill Brubaker, WASHINGTON
    POST, 11/13).
    

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