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Does Violence on the Field Lead to Domestic Violence Off the Field?

Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. The meeting examined policies regarding domestic violence in the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL. Committee members say the problem has come into focus since a video surfaced of pro-football player Ray Rice striking […]

Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. The meeting examined policies regarding domestic violence in the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL. Committee members say the problem has come into focus since a video surfaced of pro-football player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée (now wife) in a hotel elevator.

In light of the Senate hearing, we discuss whether violent behavior on the field also leads to violent behavior off the field. We talk with Houston-based psychologist Dr. Kristin Anderson, who specializes in sport psychology, among other areas, and is herself a former player for the Houston Energy in the Independent Women’s Football League.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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