The NFL’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations shared what the league is doing to address domestic violence within the organization.
Troy Vincent was a guest speaker at the Columbus Urban League’s “Our Empowerment Day” luncheon.
Answering questions from the crowd at a reception Vincent had this to say about the Ray Rice case, “It’s unfortunate for the family. But it’s very fortunate that it allowed us to have this conversation today.”
The incident is one of several high profile domestic violence cases involving professional football players that caused a public uproar.
“This whole picture is allowing us to take a step back and say what can we do better,” Vincent said.
In the past few weeks members of the National Football League have met with more than 200 experts on the subject including leaders here in Columbus but Vincent says often men are missing from that discussion.
“Get ya (explicative) up. Protect these women, protect these young girls and protect these children,” Vincent told the crowd.
He later explained why he spoke so passionately, ” If we want to see change we want to see real efforts made this is everyday conversation. We’re at the table. We want to bring other people along with us.”
In August the NFL sent team owners letters notifying them that a new standard will be set in the organization’s domestic violence policy.
Vincent says that it’s a minimum 6 game suspension for the first offense and disbandment for the second.
According to the Football Commissioner, the new personal conduct policy is scheduled to be in place by the Superbowl.
But Vincent says the league’s first priority is, “Making sure the support is there for family members first and foremost and then we’re looking at, how do we evaluate and update our policies.”