Imagine putting a woman in every single seat of the four home stadiums of the teams my husband, John, coached for during his NFL tenure. We would only have a fraction of the women we need to equal the number of women physically assaulted, raped, and/or stalked by an intimate partner every year in the United States.
In fact we would have to fill those four stadiums up with a woman in every seat at least thirty-eight times to have the number we needed. (click for full post)
I haven’t heard anything from Roger Goodell about my open letter to him concerning the NFL and domestic violence. I know he’s been busy. Since I wrote my letter just a few days ago, more trouble has come his way with Adrian Peterson being charged with causing injury to a child 14 or younger in Texas. The NFL has repeated its pattern of rethinking its original decision and then deciding to remove the player from NFL play in some form or fashion. The Vikings announced that they are reversing their decision to “let the legal process play out” (which they … Read the full post
Dear Mr. Goodell: My name is Marcia Mount Shoop. I am a theologian, author, Presbyterian minister, mother, and coach’s wife. I am also a rape and abuse survivor. I spent the first twelve years of my marriage as an NFL wife while my husband coached for four different teams. We are thankful for our time in the NFL even as there are lots of things I do not miss. One of those things that I don’t miss is something I still deal with: sexism. The difference is one of magnitude; in the NFL it’s all wrapped up in a glittery … Read the full post