EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – On Sept. 30, a group of female legislators gathered at the Meadowlands Sports Complex to address the NFL's response to domestic violence in the NFL.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Sandra Cunningham, Senator Nia H. Gill, Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator M. Teresa Ruiz and a bipartisan cadre of female legislators and advocates hosted a press conference to call for a stronger response to domestic violence in the NFL. With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the commentary touches upon the issues that are brought to the forefront during the month-long awareness campaign.
Domestic violence in the NFL has become part of a national conversation among many after recent high-profile cases have come to light in the media. During the press conference, the legislators called for education, intervention and stepping up against domestic violence.
Gill said, "The lives of women and the assault on women have little or no value to the profitability bottom line of the NFL. ..so as you buy your child a jersey, women have the power and other people of good will have the power to change the profitability and to say that the lives of women will not be determined simply by the currency of the NFL."