- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is criticizing the NFL, saying it has failed to spend nearly as much time investigating reports of domestic violence and sexual assault as it spent investigating whether the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady deflated footballs.

Healey said Tuesday that her first reaction to word that Brady had been suspended for four games and the team had been fined $1 million was that the league had its priorities misplaced.

“If they just spent an ounce of the time that they spent on ‘Deflategate’ on investigating the very real issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, that would send a much better signal and a much better message,” she said. “What message is the league sending to young people, to kids in high schools, to college students?”

Healey pointed to the two-game suspension Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was given last year after he knocked his now-wife unconscious in an elevator. The league revised its personal conduct policy in December after it was widely criticized for its handling of Rice’s case.

Healey said the NFL is sending the message that when it comes to protecting its brand and bottom line, there’s one set of rules, but there’s a lack of investment when it comes to the mistreatment of women.

“Where is the investment of time, energy, resources around outreach, education, screening, training, holding people accountable, getting them to modify behaviors, getting them to change a culture?” she asked. “Call it tone deaf. Call it indifference. Call it callousness. I don’t care what you call it, they can and need to do a whole lot better.”

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