Its efforts stack up favorably against other pro sports leagues. The MLB instituted a flimsy domestic violence policy
as recently as August 21 that allows “paid administrative leave” for offenders. The NBA still doesn’t really have a domestic violence policy, though it does call
for a “minimum 10-game suspension for a first offense of a player convicted of a violent felony.” The NHL is basically winging it
. It's even a rarity among companies: the Bureau of Labor Statistics didn’t have any recent data on how many companies in America offer domestic violence education to their employees. But according to a 2013 survey
commissioned by the Futures Without Violence group, just 20% of the 1,000 U.S. companies in the study offer training on domestic violence. Oddly, this makes the NFL look like a pretty progressive employer — at least in this regard.
To see if it was really happening, we reached out to a bunch of players (more on that in a second) to make sure they'd gotten the training and to see what they thought. Jurrell Casey, a defensive end for the Tennessee Titans, confirmed he and his teammates had seen two videos focusing on verbal and physical abuse. He said he found the verbal abuse example especially interesting, because it’s “not discussed as often,” and he liked how the team had to talk through what was happening. “It was interesting and effective to watch him talk through his emotions and suggest ways we should do the same if we become angry,” Casey wrote in an email.
“A lot of us (including me) were raised by [our] mothers,” he wrote. “So when I see a video of a woman being abused and her neighbors not helping her...It’s so crazy.”
We also got the Giants' Victor Cruz, who said NFL’s domestic violence training was “interesting,” adding that it “opened our eyes” to a lot of situations that he and his teammates hadn’t really considered to be domestic violence. “Even yelling and raising your voice is an issue,” he told me over the phone, "especially as a male toward a female.”