Eyes on Football: More NFL Domestic Violence Cases

Is there a domestic violence problem in professional football? There seems to be plenty of evidence for those who think so. Even after new details surfaced showing the full extent of the brutality in the case of Ray Rice, evidence continues to surface regarding NFL players involved in domestic abuse cases. On September 17, 2014, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for domestic abuse allegations stemming from an incident involving Dwyer, an unidentified 27-year-old female, and his 18-month-old son at Dwyer’s residence in Phoenix.

Just a few days earlier, in the early morning hours of September 13, 2014, star running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings turned himself in to authorities in Montgomery County, Texas, on charges of child abuse. Peterson’s indictment came from charges that he caused minor cuts and bruises by beating his 4-year-old child with the end of a tree branch, colloquially known as a switch.

These cases, along with the charges facing players like Ray Rice and Ray McDonald, portray a bleak image of the state of the NFL. Some research exists to substantiate this portrayal: writer Benjamin Morris at FiveThirtyEight does an excellent job of breaking down hard data to show that domestic violence incidents occur much more frequently than other crimes among NFL players.

How Will The NFL React?

Average citizens and journalists alike have reacted with outrage over these cases. Some groups, such as the women’s rights organization UltraViolet, are asking for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to resign. Whatever happens in the NFL, it will be up to the justice system to decide the ultimate outcome of these latest abuse cases.

A better question to consider in the wake of these new cases is how will you react to a domestic violence incident? One of the best ways is by hiring a private investigator to help you fight for justice. Some ways that a P.I. could help a person involved in a domestic abuse case include :

  • For Victims: Private investigators can conduct surveillance services, to help catch someone in the act of committing abuse. They can also serve papers in southern California that prevent an abuser from getting near their victims.
  • For Loved Ones: Domestic violence situations often involve a tremendous amount of emotion and confusion. If you are not sure what to do about allegations of domestic abuse, a private investigator can help you collect evidence before you jump to a rash decision that may not be the right one. This is especially important for child abuse cases involving divorce and child custody, like Adrian Peterson’s.
  • For Those Accused of Abuse: Sadly, some people use false allegations of abuse as a weapon to harm or extort money from someone. A private investigator can help you defend your rights and build a case against those who have made false abuse allegations against you.

The NFL is currently conducting its own investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case, led by Robert Mueller, the head of the FBI for over a decade. No matter what happens with the NFL’s investigation into these cases of abuse, domestic violence will sadly continue to occur across the world. If you have been victimized by an abuser or you are being falsely accused of domestic violence, don’t take the situation lightly: hire a private investigator in Los Angeles to help you prevent this situation from occurring again and bring the perpetrator to justice.

Published on: 
September 20, 2014
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