The White House is coming after the NFL on Thursday saying, “it’s important that the league get a handle” on players who commit violent acts and must have “a zero tolerance” regarding similar issues.
A White House official told reporters during of a new White House campaign about public awareness about sexual assault on college campuses that “the most recent revelations of abuse by the NFL players is really deeply troubling,” according to CBS News.
“The NFL has an obligation not only to their fans but to the American people to properly discipline anyone involved in domestic violence or child abuse and more broadly, gain control of the situation,” the official said.
“Many of these professional athletes are marketed as role models to young people and so their behavior does have the potential to influence these young people, and it’s one of the many reasons it’s important that the league get a handle on this and have a zero tolerance.”
The comments are a result of the NFL facing tough times in regards to domestic violence. There are now at least three players around the league that are involved in serious domestic abuse cases. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer both physically abused their wives. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is also involved in a case in which he beat his son with a switch.