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Oct 9, 2014

California senator ‘encouraged’ by NFL’s steps on domestic abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer said on Thursday she was encouraged about the NFL’s plan to curb domestic violence by its players after receiving a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell detailing the league’s actions on the issue.

Boxer was one of 16 woman senators who signed a letter last month calling on Goodell to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence.

Oct 6, 2014

Michael Phelps suspended from USA Swimming-sanctioned events for six months

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – U.S. champion swimmer Michael Phelps, who recently returned to top-level competition after a two-year retirement, was suspended for six months by USA Swimming on Monday following his recent arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Phelps, 29, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will also not represent the United States at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Russia next August, USA Swimming said in a statement.

Oct 2, 2014

Ex-judge selected to hear Ray Rice’s appeal of NFL suspension

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former U.S. District judge was appointed Thursday by the National Football League to hear an appeal filed by Ray Rice, a former Baltimore Ravens running back suspended indefinitely for knocking out his future wife.

The NFL has been heavily criticized over its handling of the Rice episode and other domestic abuse cases involving its players.

Sep 30, 2014

Olympic swimming champ Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said.

Phelps, 29, was clocked by radar around 1:40 a.m. traveling 84 miles per hour (135 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph) zone, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was booked and released.

Sep 29, 2014

NFL player Belcher likely had brain damage, post-mortem exam shows

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A Kansas City Chiefs football player who fatally shot his girlfriend in 2012 before committing suicide showed signs of a degenerative brain condition found in other deceased NFL players, an attorney for the family said on Monday.

A post-mortem analysis of Jovan Belcher’s brain revealed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), said Dirk Vandever, who is representing Belcher’s young daughter.

Sep 18, 2014

NFL teams speed up response to domestic violence woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League is showing signs of getting off the sidelines in the brouhaha over domestic violence and taking up a new playbook.

The Arizona Cardinals suspended Jonathan Dwyer after his arrest on charges of head-butting and breaking the nose of a woman. The Baltimore Ravens invited fans to trade in jerseys of former star player Ray Rice, who has been indefinitely suspended for punching out his wife.

Sep 17, 2014

A ‘second chance’ for NFL’s Ray Rice not out of the question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In launching a bid to overturn his indefinite suspension from the National Football League, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice may be hoping for the same type of second chance that other tarnished NFL stars like Michael Vick have received.

With the backing of the NFL Players Association, Rice on Tuesday filed an appeal of his suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell for knocking out his then-fiance and now wife in an elevator of a New Jersey casino.

Sep 17, 2014

NFL’s Panthers puts Hardy on leave pending settlement of case

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The Carolina Panthers on Wednesday placed Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy on the National Football League’s exempt list, meaning he will not play until his domestic violence case is settled.

Hardy was convicted in July of domestic violence, but has appealed the verdict, which entitles him to a jury trial under North Carolina law. The date for his trial is Nov. 17.

Sep 17, 2014

Rice appeals NFL indefinite suspension for knocking out wife

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ray Rice on Tuesday appealed his indefinite suspension by the National Football League for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career.

Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are under scrutiny both by the league and the public.

Sep 16, 2014

Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Sept 16 (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the
National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic
violence cases, making the NFL’s official beer sponsor the first
major advertiser to put pressure on America’s most popular
sports league.

In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch,
the maker of Budweiser and NFL official beer Bud Light, said it
was “disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent
incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season.