Should domestic violence offenders be banned from professional sports? | The Tylt

Should domestic violence offenders be banned from professional sports?

NFL star Reuben Foster was released from the San Francisco 49ers for a domestic abuse arrest but was picked up by the Washington Redskins soon after. But should he be allowed to have an NFL job? Athletes are people just like us. Mistakes are made, and they deserve second chances. However, they are also public figures who are role models to young kids. If children see their hero abusing his or her significant other, they might think that behavior is acceptable. What do you think?

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Taking away someone's livelihood for a mistake won't help anyone. It doesn't help the abuser learn anything, and that will only cause more violence to the abused party. Athletes who get convicted of domestic abuse have issues, but they aren't issues that will be resolved with punishment alone.

Permanently banning athletes for domestic abuse would be an easy fix, but sports leagues make a bigger impact by focusing on rehabilitation in addition to a stiff punishment. Adopting a one-strike policy is demanding perfection when perfection is impossible for humans. People get angry, and they make mistakes. Even athletes deserve second chances.

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Abusers are bad people. There is no doubt about that. If you as an athlete train to be the biggest and strongest you can be, there is no reason for you toss anyone around in anger—especially the people you supposedly love. Indiana University took a hard stance against recruits with a history of sexual or domestic violence, banning them from participating in any intercollegiate sport on campus. It's about time someone stepped up to the plate and did the right thing.

Professional leagues need to take notice of this policy and adopt it. Millions of dollars are on the line, and teams shouldn't be complacent in employing abusers. These people do not deserve the money and privilege they get from playing a game. Brands are damaged in association with these criminals, and people need to start treating offenders as such.

Banning them is the only step to preserving integrity.

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Adrian Peterson was suspended for abusing his child by disciplining him with a switch (a flexible rod). He has shown remorse for his actions and was allowed to play in the NFL after serving his punishment. Peterson learned the error of his ways and swore never to pick up a switch again.

Banning him from the league would have prevented his ability to provide for his family even if he changed his ways would be unfair. Second chances matter.

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Former NFL cornerback and current NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent has been affected by domestic violence his entire life. He witnessed his mother abused repeatedly while he was a child, and his two daughters were molested by people close to his family.

He says forgiveness is a powerful weapon to combat domestic violence. A lot of times, convicted abusers are shunned and have no one to guide them. Being forgiving gives those who make mistakes a chance to correct themselves, and be better people. Locking them out will do no good.

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Reuben Foster might have been released from the San Francisco 49ers, but his problems are much deeper than just one incident.

He was arrested the past for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and leaving her with a broken eardrum. This is someone who has demonstrated he doesn't deserve the privilege of playing in the NFL. He needs to be banned from playing completely.

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When you are a professional athlete whose job it is to basically work out, you're going to be a physically strong person. With great power comes great responsibility, and if professionals like Ray Rice can't handle it, they need to be banned—forever.

No team should want to be associated with a man who will blast someone half his size unconscious. This kind of action is inexcusable.

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