NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that he believed president-elect Donald Trump’s statements about women would make it more difficult for the league to reduce domestic violence incidents.
Speaking at The New York Times’ Dealbook conference, Goodell also said that Trump’s remarks, which have included bragging about groping women and the repeated use of derogatory and misogynistic language, were difficult to explain to his family.
The NFL has come under scrutiny for its handling of domestic violence cases. Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was initially suspended in August for one game following an investigation into his May 2015 arrest for spousal abuse of his now ex-wife. But journals and emails given to the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office were later released and revealed that Brown said he had been “physically, emotionally and verbally” abusive.
The league has an ongoing investigation concerning whether Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott violated the conduct policy after a woman alleged violent incidents in Florida and Columbus, Ohio. Elliott was not charged in either place.