Senate hearing on domestic violence in professional sports happens Tuesday


On Tuesday, outgoing Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, will conduct a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports.  With the election past and Rockefeller retiring, he’s clearly not pandering to voters or advancing any other political agenda.

On the agenda to testify is NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent.  It’s not known whether Rockefeller asked for Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify.  The hearing will feature testimony from his top lieutenant regarding football matters.

Not on the agenda is any representative of the NFL Players Association.  According to the press release unveiling the witness list, the NFLPA declined to send a witness to testify.

Major League Baseball, the NHL, the NBA, and the unions representing their respective players will all send representatives to the hearing.  No Commissioners will be testifying.

Vincent’s testimony comes on a day when the NFLPA wants him to testify at the Adrian Peterson appeal hearing.  As PFT first reported on Sunday, Peterson has submitted a transcript of discussions between Peterson and Vincent.  Vincent allegedly told Peterson that games missed during a paid suspension would count as “time served” for the purposes of his personal conduct policy penalty.

25 responses to “Senate hearing on domestic violence in professional sports happens Tuesday

  1. Glad to hear the government finally stepping in since there is nothing more important for them to work on.

  2. Another sad day in America.

    Politicians using this non issue to raise themselves up.

    I am curious to know if politicians ever wanted to know domestic violence rates in the military or police force.

    Both of these institutions have been around longer than the NFL.

  3. I’m still amazed that the media and government officials are concentrating on the NFL as America’s face for taking a blind eye towards domestic violence. Let’s not focus on the prosecutors and legislators who have an actual legal duty to punish offenders. Let us all focus on Goodell, who punished Ray Rice far more than the courts did and is under zero obligation to combat DV.

    I just don’t get it.

  4. Man, with all of the things going wrong in this country I am sure glad they took the time to take care of this!!!

  5. If Vincent doesn’t appear at AP’s hearing, then the “neutral” NFL arbitrator should just assume that Vincent did tell AP that time spent on the exempt list does count as time served.

  6. Somebody please look up and post the domestic violence and arrest numbers for those that serve in congress. I’m guessing the numbers will be much worse than those that play in the NFL.

  7. I can tell them what it is about. Rich guys that grew up in environments where domestic violence is the norm end up slapping around their rich (or soon to be rich) wives/girlfriends who forgive them as soon as they realise it will have a negative impact on their earning potential. It has to be addressed before these guys are pro atheletes, in their youth where the behaviour is learned.

  8. Senate meeting on domestic violence issues: done.

    Senate meeting on balancing the federal budget: No Way Jack!

    Senate meeting on setting term limits for career politicians: Has hades frozen over?

    Senate meeting to debate the team name for the Washington NFL franchise: We already had a few meetings about that one, but hey let’s have another meeting about it.

  9. Anything that gets congress out of doing what they are suppose to do. They are useless trash. I think my opinion of congress is even with the looters and above the Kardashians.

  10. Most of these “officials” won’t be around come January 22nd or so because they will be “out of a job” and be on the unemployment line with the rest of the 50% or so fellow Americans.

  11. The feds need to stay out of it. The old politician deflection move, lets divert the publics attention from everything we’ve screwed up in our country and that will give us breathing room until Winter Break comes.

  12. For those of you complaining about the Senator calling this hearing, keep this in mind:

    He’s the Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Calling this hearing *is* his job.

  13. mancave001 says:
    Dec 1, 2014 1:46 PM
    The headline we’d like: “Nation holds hearings on abolishing the U.S. Senate.”

    and the House

  14. So obv. we have solved all the real problems like wars in the middle east, the soon to be 20 trillion dollar deficit or SSI bankruptcy and the untenable entitlement programs?

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