After several domestic violence cases involving various NFL players came to the public’s knowledge, the NFL began to take measures to prevent issues with domestic abuse from occurring in the future. The most prominent of the cases was that of Ray Rice, who knocked out his then-fiancée in an elevator. However, other cases also emerged, including the cases of Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald.
Changes have already been implemented to help prevent domestic violence among the NFL’s players. According to NPR, all players will now have to undergo mandatory trainings to prevent abuse. SB Nation stated the NFL also announced a new domestic violence policy that states those charged with domestic violence will receive a six-game suspension without pay for the first offense and a lifetime ban for the second abuse; however, players may petition for reinstatement after one year of absence from the NFL. According to SB Nation’s article, “these rules will apply to all NFL personnel, including executives and owners, not just players.” Furthermore, three domestic violence experts were hired by the NFL as another attempt to help prevent abuse within the league.