This has been a crazy week in the NFL, and not a good way, either. The Ray Rice video was leaked on Monday and it has sparked a firestorm of criticism towards the NFL (and Roger Goodell in particular), the Ravens, and the legal process. At the heart of it is anger over the lack of a stand against domestic violence by all parties involved.
The Indianapolis Colts and the Irsay family are pledging support for charities in Indiana that prevent domestic violence and help victims of it. They are donating $100,000 to the Julian Center in Indianapolis, which according to it's website:
"Since 1975, The Julian Center has been supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises. Our mission is to provide the services victims need to recover and build a life absent of abuse. Those services include counseling, safe shelter, case management, advocacy, education, transitional housing, and affordable housing. Through outreach and consultation, we also seek to educate the community about the issue of domestic violence and its impact on all our lives. Our programs and services are designed to contribute to a significant reduction in the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault, to support survivors in healing, and to help break the intergenerational cycle of abuse."
In addition, the Colts are donating the proceeds of their 50/50 raffle at Monday night's game to various other charities supporting domestic violence victims in Indiana.
Colts Vice-Chairs and Owners of the team, Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Casey Foyt, and Kalen Irsay, who are running the team while their father Jim is suspended, released a joint statement today pledging their support.
"Domestic violence continues to be one of the most significant threats to one of our countries most important treasures - our families. For many years, our family and the entire Colts organization has worked closely with several wonderful organizations focused on preventing abusive situations and helping women and children affected by domestic violence. As daughters, sisters, wives and mothers, we are committed to standing against domestic violence and supporting organizations like the Julian Center that are working tirelessly to provide shelter, resources and hope for families."
The Colts have been supportive of charities helping to prevent domestic violence and help victims in the past, and in light of recent events in the NFL it's good to see them active in supporting once again.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Luck on domestic violence: "Coach Pagano has been pretty clear about how to act as a person...there was no special meeting." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a></p>— Steve Andress (@ColtsReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColtsReporter/status/510124210929532928">September 11, 2014</a></blockquote>
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