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NFL owners get first look at new domestic violence presentation

Roger Goodell

NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The meetings were held to help the NFL develop and carry out a domestic violence educational program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


NFL owners had more on their plates than rubber-stamping new owners for the Bills and counting their new money when they met this week.

They also watched a video presentation on domestic violence.

According to the Associated Press, the video featured former NFL defensive tackle Joe Ehrmann, who asked viewers to imagine seeing a loved one abused, and then asking for action.

Think about the role you have to raise up a generation of men that are going to have the clarity, have the moral courage to call out other men,” Ehrmann says in the video.

The video is part of a 40-minute presentation put together by the NFL and its new outside advisers, to educate players about domestic violence and child abuse.

“It was very thorough, it was good,” Steelers president Art Rooney said.

“They were very engaged,” Deana Garner, the league’s director of player engagement and education said. “They recognized the importance of this initial education program and that it will set a standard.”

Considering these were the first meetings since the Ray Rice/Greg Hardy/Adrian Peterson/Jonathan Dwyer/Ray McDonald issues arose, increased attention to the topic was expected.

Hopefully, the message spreads, as the presentation will be seen by some teams by the end of the month and all of them before the end of the season.