- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned Sunday that members of the Senate may become involved in the NFL’s domestic violence scandal, saying the situation has gone on “too long.”

“I think I can speak for all the women in the Senate by saying we’re surprised, amazed and very resolute to do something about it,” the California Democrat said on “Face the Nation” on CBS.

She decried what she described as the “dramatic growth in violence” and called on the NFL to toughen up its policies on player misconduct.

“I think there is no place for this, period,” Ms. Feinstein said. “I believe very strongly if a player is arrested, they should be suspended, and if they are convicted, that ends it. I know there are contracts, but this has gone on too long.”

She also said the NFL players need to “project the values of what’s right and what’s wrong.”

“To let players continue to play after they’ve been convicted of what would be a felony I think is a huge mistake,” said Ms. Feinstein.

The NFL’s image has taken a hard hit this season with reports of a half-dozen players involved in domestic violence and assault cases.

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely after knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a casino elevator. The NFL Players Association has filed to appeal the suspension, according to news reports.


• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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