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September 23, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Domestic violence: A bigger problem beyond the NFL

I thought Danny Westneat’s column “We are worse than NFL as far as domestic violence goes,” [Local News, Sept. 19] was spot on. Can you imagine if we had more than 3,500 serious domestic violence incidents in Seattle last year, how many there were in this state or country.?

While I certainly don’t condone the NFL players involved, this is a typical reaction of the general public to these NFL incidents. but there’s no big outcry in our own community or country about this.

Certainly, many athletes have a sense of entitlement from years of adulation growing up and feel they can do and get away with whatever they want. When others commit serious domestic violence acts eight times more than NFL players do, I think society has a much greater problem than the NFL.

Granted, professional players should have a greater responsibility in that kids as well as adults look up to these athletes as role models, but many of these players grew up in tough situations and have been showered with lots of money for the first time in their lives.

I agree that the NFL should take a strong stand against these types of incidents. But I also feel we as society should do more against these incidents in the general public.

Terry Stone, Lacey

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