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Athletes and DomesticViolence A lady calls 911 and cries that her husband is beating her She wantsto file a report but then asks the dispatcher if it is going to be in the paper the nextday When the dispatcher doesnt reply she changes her mind about the report and hangs upCart The lady was Sun Bonds wife of all-star San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds Likethe wives of other famous players she was a victim of spousal abuse Athletes are praisedas heroes for what they do on the playing field but what they do off the field is nevermentioned As a disappointed sports fan I want to draw attention to the domestic violencecases that involve athletes Athletes have been abusing their spouses since sports were created butnot until the OJ Simpson trial has domestic violence become the issue du jourWhen Simpson was arrested on New Years Day for beating his wife none of the newspapersreported it When he pleaded no contest five months later there was a small brief in thesecond page of The Los Angeles Times Metro Section Cart In the last three years alonethe list of the accused included Dante Bichette Barry Bonds John Daly Scottie PippenJose Conseco Bobby Cox Mike Tyson Warren Moon Michael Cooper Darryl Strawberry DuaneCauswell Olden Polynice Robert Parish and OJ Simpson Callahan Sports Ilustrated Andthese are only the pro athletes whose wives had the courage to report the violence Madeline Popa president of Nebraska National Organization for Womenstated Athletes are role models to small children Viewers worry about theviolence on television but generally that is make-believe When there are real-lifeheroes engaging in violence the message to young boys and girls is If you are a starathlete you can get away with things qtd in LA Times There is an act of domestic violence every eighteen seconds in theUnited States One in every three women will experience it according to a study done byThe LA TimesAbuse is the
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