Mike Honda Condemns NFL Commish for Handling of Domestic Violence Incidents

Rep. Mike Honda

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda said he was “shocked and saddened” by the handling of a number of football players accused of domestic violence against by the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell in recent weeks.

“Commissioner Goodell’s inaction has damaged the integrity of the NFL and, most importantly, sent a dangerous message to players and fans across America that committing a horrific act of violence will result in little to no penalty,” Honda said Friday in a statement.

Earlier in the week, a graphic video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-girlfriend was released by TMZ and triggered his release from the team and uproar across the country. San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers players were also alleged to have committed violent acts against women recently. The NFL has also been criticized for allowing the suspected offenders to continue playing games.

“I am calling on the NFL to immediately institute a zero-tolerance policy and send the right message to NFL players, and all Americans, that if a player violently assault a woman, he will lose his privilege to play football,” said Honda.

Honda’s condemnation of the NFL and Goodell was part of a letter sent to the league office on Friday by 20 female members of Congress, including California U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. In addition, to calling for a zero-tolerance policy toward domestic violence, the letter also references the 20th anniversary of the landmark passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

Categories: 49ers, Barbara Boxer, CA17, congress, Dianne Feinstein, domestic violence, letter, Mike Honda, NFL

1 reply

  1. By MW:

    But how about when a member of the California state legislature engages in outrageous conduct!!!!

    Members of the California state legislature have been repeatedly caught engaging in sexual harassment of staff members and also a host of other illegal and outrageous conduct, and the way it has been “investigated” and “prosecuted” almost every single time is that the sleazy legislators' buddies and co-conspirators in the Assembly and the State Senate then further harass and punish the victims and the whistleblowers, and while simultaneously defending and protecting their fellow members in the state legislature, and no matter how sleazy and corrupt their fellow members are.

    And if the victims and whistleblowers at first refuse to be intimidated and make it obvious they intend to pursue a trial and public airing of the charges, then the legislature normally spends a fortune of taxpayer money on the sleaziest high powered lawyers it can find to get into really high gear in harassing, threatening, and intimidating the victims and the whistleblowers, and then sometimes arranges an out of court settlement in which the victims and whistleblowers are forced to resign and also sign a non-disclosure agreement.

    So as sleazy as the manner in which the NFL originally handled the situation involving Ray Rice, the manner in which the California state legislature almost always handles disciplinary issues is many times worse.

    Basically, the big boys of California state government function like a sleazy mafia, also sweep almost everything embarrassing under the rug, and have an attitude of the public be damned. Ask Mike Honda and Willie Brown for details.


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