Committee Agrees to Hold Hearing on NFL Following Congresswoman Speier Request

September 11, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) called for a hearing in the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the National Football League, following revelations about the NFL’s treatment of domestic violence perpetrated by its players. After she contacted Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, the two have agreed to hold a hearing at Congresswoman Speier’s urging.

“The NFL’s failure to appropriately respond to crimes and misconduct has harmed the prestige of the game and the millions of Americans who look up to these players as role models. The NFL’s gross mishandling of the deplorable actions of Ray Rice is the latest example of how this insulated institution has incompetently dealt with serious issues.

“This committee must also investigate the League’s tolerance of performance enhancing drugs, the impact of traumatic brain injury on players later in life, and the tax-exempt status the NFL enjoys thanks to a loophole congress created in the ‘60s,” said Speier. “I look forward to working with Chairman Issa and Ranking Member Cummings to shed light on the NFL’s internal policies and processes, which have been largely inconsistent and opaque, and identifying areas where reform is needed.”