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Hannah Storm Addresses Ray Rice Case: What It Means For Female NFL Fans

Mon, September 15, 2014 11:14am EDT by 7 Comments

Troubled by the NFL’s handling of recent domestic violence issues, the ESPN anchor closed the Sept. 14 episode of ‘SportsCenter’ with an emotional speech. Watch the video here!

Hannah Storm, an anchor, football fan, and mother, interrogated the NFL during an emotional dialogue on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Sunday, Sept. 14. During the touching moment, when she questioned the league’s relationship with female fans, Hannah addressed what it was like answering her daughters’ questions about the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal.

Hannah Storm Reacts To NFL’s Domestic Violence Issues — Emotional Video

“What does all of this mean for the future? What does it mean for female fans, whose dollars are so coveted by the NFL, who make up an estimated 45 percent of the NFL’s fan base? Are fans and are families, are we as parents supposed to compartmentalize everything that’s happening? Are we supposed to simply separate a violent game on the field from violent acts off the field? And if we do, what message does that send?” she asked while holding back tears.

Hannah targeted the NFL and Ray’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, for needing to see the video, released by TMZ, of the running back punching his now wife, Janay Palmer, in the face in an elevator, before taking action.

She continued, “In the NFL, apparently seeing is believing. If the NFL and the Ravens had to see that video to be moved to significant action, then shouldn’t those who support the league demand the same? To see action? To see change before believing, as we all wait on the answer to the central question: what exactly does the NFL stand for?”

NFL’s Domestic Violence Issues: Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy & More

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claims he hadn’t seen the elevator video until this week, even though The Associated Press reported the video had been sent to the NFL in April, according to Sporting News.

In similar news, Minnesota Vikings’ running back, Adrian Peterson, was recently indicted on child abuse charges. The team, however, reportedly won’t cut him — they may just trade him.

Also, Carolina Panters’ Greg Hardy was deactivated from the Sept. 14 game due to a domestic abuse conviction stemming from a shocking and violent incident in May.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? How should the NFL handle domestic violence issues? Tell us how you feel!

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