Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce introduced a resolution (AR-179) today urging all professional sports teams and leagues to adopt a consistent, zero-tolerance policy across all the leagues regarding domestic violence. Reports of multiple incidents of domestic violence in the National Football League over the last several months have brought this issue to the forefront of national discussion.
“Domestic violence is not confined to one sport or league,” said DeCroce, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic. “Any policy adopted should include a structure of fines for violating this rule in addition to any legal ramifications.
“The resolution urges that funds collected from these violations be distributed to victims’ rights organizations,” continued DeCroce. “We cannot avoid dealing with an issue that not only impacts women, but children as well. Athletes are role models. Those who engage in vicious and dangerous attacks must be held accountable.”
More than 40 million women in the United States have experienced some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. New Jersey law enforcement reports over 70,300 offenses were committed in 2011. Sports leagues that implement a no-tolerance policy regarding domestic violence send a clear and powerful message there is no place for this behavior in their profession.