The news has been full of the sad story of football player Jovan Belcher shooting his baby’s mother 9 times, then driving to the practice field and killing himself in front of his coaches. There has been lots of punditry surrounding football and concussions, guns, drugs and alcohol, and even mental illness, but not so much discussion of what is likely the real issue: domestic violence. (Here’s a link to a good article I recently found about keeping yourself safe in a domestic violence situation.)
There were plenty of clues that Belcher had anger issues with the girlfriends in his life, and it appears that the Chiefs were aware of this as they were providing counselling for him. Professional sports is a very high testosterone universe. I have long believed that the professional sports teams, in an attempt to protect their investment in the players, have long sheltered abusers and quieted victims. Not the same as Penn State, but not dissimilar either.
On a more positive note in the same area, Massachusetts has passed a pet protection law as part of our domestic violence protection. This is wonderful on so many levels, … Keep reading
I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving. Back to the real world now …
A friend sent me this map of unemployment statistics (originally written by Latoya Egwuekwe and published by the American Observer), which outlines the Geography of a Recession, by month and county/state. It is real clear that a lot of folks are still having a terrible time regardless of the small improvements we may see or hear about.
One of the more frightening realities of being a divorce lawyer is having a client who you are certain is at terrible risk of domestic violence. I don’t know what caused this lawyer to follow her client in her car but let us hope that the client lives. It sounds as if the quick first aid (not part of the law school curriculum) may have helped (courtesy of the ABA Journal).