Dear Editor:

On Sept. 15, the New Jersey General passed a series of domestic violence bills that are designed to protect and help victims of domestic abuse. As part of the discussion on these bills, my Assembly Republican women colleagues – Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, Mary Pat Angelini, Amy Handlin, Alison McHose, DiAnne Gove, BettyLou DeCroce, Donna Simon, Maria Rodriguez-Gregg – and I called for the resignation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over his handling of the domestic violence issue.

When someone sucker punches an innocent woman or takes a switch to his son, something is terribly wrong. The league either delays disciplinary action or issues a slap on the wrist of the offender. The victims are vulnerable to the power of these men. Commissioner Goodell is unsuccessfully trying to appease the fans and advertisers that the league takes these actions seriously. If he were truly serious, he would apologize and submit his resignation over his failure to take immediate steps to prevent these kinds of assaults. The NFL should send a message to society that it will not tolerate these actions and implement a no-tolerance policy with severe repercussions.

 

Holly Schepisi, Assemblywoman