Scott Walker suggests NFL players, owners unite on domestic violence
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Monday called on the NFL to focus on speaking out against domestic violence, arguing the issue could potentially unite a sports league mired in controversy over national anthem protests.

In a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and National Football League Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, Walker said players should stop protesting during the national anthem and instead concentrate on combatting domestic violence.

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“It is time for players in the NFL to stop protests during the anthem and move on from what has become a divisive political sideshow,” Walker wrote in the letter.

“Instead, I encourage them to use their voices and influence to take a stand against domestic violence. With the NFL owners meeting occurring tomorrow, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, now would be an especially opportune time to strongly condemn domestic violence and lead the charge in supporting safe families across America,” he continued.

Walker also noted that he recently spent time listening to domestic abuse survivors at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

“As I sat and heard these amazing stories, it occurred to me that NFL players could have a remarkable impact on awareness and prevention efforts if each player would agree to speak out, as well as agree to take a personal stand, against domestic violence. This is an issue that can unite people across America,” the governor wrote.

Walker’s letter comes as the NFL this week holds its league meetings, where it is expected to discuss the issue of the national anthem protests.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE sparked a controversy last month by suggesting NFL owners fire players who choose to kneel, rather than stand, during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His comments at an Alabama campaign rally have led to widespread protests across the NFL.