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MADISON – Governor Scott Walker released a letter yesterday encouraging the NFL to take a stand against domestic violence. The letter was addressed to Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, in anticipation of today’s NFL Fall League Meeting.

A lot has been made about National Football League (NFL) players protesting by kneeling, remaining in the locker room, or other means during the national anthem. Speaking up for what you believe in is a profoundly American idea, but disrespecting our flag, and the men and women who have fought to protect and defend our country, is not American in the slightest.

It is time for players in the NFL to stop their protests during the anthem and move on from what has become a divisive political sideshow. Instead, I encourage them to use their voices and influence to take a stand against domestic violence.

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.

My request is simple: stand for the American flag and the national anthem out of respect for those who risk their lives for our freedoms, and then take a stand against domestic violence to keep American families safe. That’s something we can all agree on, and that just might help the NFL reunite with many of its devoted fans.

Governor Walker’s full letter can be found here.

Coverage of the Governor’s statement can be found in The New York Post, The Hill, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Examiner, The Journal Sentinel, The Cap Times, and Wisconsin Public Radio.