Ms. Foundation for Women comments on NFL ’s alleged domestic violence cover-up

As long as the NFL and its 32 franchises continue to be a good ol’ boys club, women will continue to suffer degradation and violence at all levels of the organization.”

NEW YORK,NY — Today, Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger made the following statement following a report in the New York Daily News which alleges that the Chicago Bears NFL franchise has covered up “hundreds and hundreds” of instances of domestic violence.

“Thank you, Jerry Angelo, for coming forward to expose what many of us already suspected: The publicly reported cases of NFL violence against women are only the tip of the ice berg. By stepping forward, Jerry Angelo sends a powerful message to all NFL officials and players, past and present: Face the facts, admit your failure and own your part in creating and sustaining a culture of sexism and violence against women.

“As long as the NFL and its 32 franchises continue to be a good ol’ boys club, women will continue to suffer degradation and violence at all levels of the organization.

“The only way to change the culture of sexism and violence is for the NFL and its 32 franchises to conduct its business in a way that genuinely respects and values women. We repeat our call for the NFL and its franchises to implement effective diversity policies, in addition to the anti-violence policies it is considering. Addressing violence against women by players while ignoring the sexism running rampant throughout the entire organization is not going to work. The entire NFL – including the its 32 franchises – need systemic change to fix a deeply engrained, system-wide problem.”

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