Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Not Everyone in the Village Is Worthy of Raising a Child

TIME

We’re constantly told that it takes a village to raise a child. But when I look at the recent epidemic of domestic violence charges against NFL players, I’m convinced we need to take another look at those in our village whom we allow to help raise our children. Not just at those who commit these terrible acts, but also those apologists in the media and sports industry who, either through their fuzzy logic or their desperate need to pander to their demographics, perpetuate a permissive attitude toward domestic violence.

First, we need to look at Ray Rice, Jonathan Dwyer, Adrian Peterson, and other professional athletes who have recently been caught engaging in illegal and unacceptable acts of violence and reevaluate how we treat them in our village. Like it or not, professional athletes, movie stars, and recording artists are role models for our youth. And being a role model translates…

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