The NFL has been widely criticized in the past for not taking domestic violence seriously, and in the past it has given tougher suspensions for players found using marijuana than those found guilty of domestic violence.
Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins wants to make sure domestic violence is taken more seriously by fans and his colleagues in the NFL.
At a breakfast with Houston high school students, Hopkins recalled his family’s own domestic violence story: When he was 12 years old, his mother’s boyfriend at the time threw acid on her face, leaving her blind. It has affected Hopkins’ life tremendously, and he wants to make sure the younger generation stands up to domestic violence in ways they haven’t always been taught to do.
“It left her blind in both eyes,” Hopkins said. “So, since the age of 12, my mother has never seen me play a football game or a basketball game. Domestic violence is something that’s deeper than just the word domestic violence to some.”
“It’s an ongoing battle, but we’ve overcome it and we still have got a lot to do in life,” Hopkins said. “All of you all in here, it might not hit you. It might not be your family that’s in a domestic violence relationship. It might be the next-door neighbors that you hear arguing everyday. I know you all are young and you all like to go by the rule, ‘No snitching’ but it’s really not about that. It’s deeper than that. It’s about somebody being affected long-term.”
It’s a message both our younger generation and people in the NFL need to hear. Good for Hopkins for speaking up, when many others have been silent.