I've long thought that sports could be key intervention sites for interrupting violence. In many ways they already are - everybody loves the story of the kid who choses football over gang life. Everybody likes the idea of youth sports and everyone lauds the ability of a good coach to positively impact the lives of her players. That's cool, but that stuff is just level one.
I'd like to see the NFL take it to the next level. I worked in domestic violence (dv) and common work of dv programs is to provide community education. I'm sure that every dv agency would jump at the chance to train all players and NFL staff to recognize and interrupt violent behavior and their own lives, and how to advocate for the safety of women with their peers and to their fans. Why haven't NFL franchises formed partnerships with local dv programs to educate their players and empower their players (who have huge audiences and enormous influence). The NFL could both reduce the amount of times it publicly has to deal with domestic violence scandals (why are they called that by the way? We don't call robberies scandals - we call them crimes) and use it's huge position as a cultural influencer to encourage other men to, you know, not abuse women (or other men or anyone).
One of the more pernicious results of domestic violence in the NFL is that there's always a loud army of victim blamers that talk about "what she must have done to deserve it." Please believe that this supports other abusers and empowers would be abusers. The NFL could control the narrative if it taught players to do so.
My question is this - if the NFL wants to do something about violence - why not try to prevent it? Why not dream bigger than stiff penalties and take up the responsibility of helping mostly young men become anti-violence warriors off the field? Seriously - why not?