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Roger Goodell says there’s been ‘tremendous progress’ on domestic violence

Despite the recent issues with Giants’ kicker Josh Brown, NFL boss Roger Goodell thinks that the league is doing a great job of putting an end to domestic violence. He said:

“What you see here is a policy that’s evolved. We’ve learned a lot, but these are complex matters. When you talk to the domestic violence experts, these are difficult matters to deal with. You have rights, you have families that you have to be concerned with, privacy issues. Yes, you want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to address these [alleged incidents] when they happen, but you also want to deal with them to prevent them from happening. I think we’ve made tremendous progress. Can we make more and will we make more? Of course.”

The league was criticized because Brown was given just a one-game suspension, but Goodell said that was because of the information they had at hand. He also said that they could take further action, noting that:

“Here’s the issue, the discipline that occurred on the one game was for the event on May of 2015. That was the only one that we were able to get of all the different things that we’ve heard. The decision was made by our team after we had the evidence to be able to support the one game. We knew we would get challenged [by the NFL Players Association] and we were able to uphold it…That’s what we’ll do now that we have additional information. We’ll aggressively pursue that and apply our personal conduct policy.”

The Giants have already cut Brown.

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