“I used to beat people up” is the first sentence in an enlightening article about domestic violence – written by beloved Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. The article was published on Derek Jeter’s new blog called “The Player’s Tribune,” described as the “unfiltered voices of professional athletes” and meant to bring fans closer to their sports heroes. This is a good start.
Wilson is known for being a ‘nice guy’ and visiting kids in hospitals in his spare time. But in the article, he admits to being a bully when he was younger. He talks about how NFL players don’t talk about domestic violence…and how they–and we all– should.
Wilson has taken a step no other NFL player has – openly talking about an issue so taboo that it’s making cracks in the NFL with high-profile cases like the one involving the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice.
But Wilson not only talks about domestic violence, he calls for action to do something about it – even if it’s just a small step. He announces the “Pass the Peace” initiative for victims of domestic violence and asks for donations to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Just another reason to love our QB.