10 thoughts on “American football stadium should be bird-safe, petition

  1. Minnesota has a pretty respectable record for taking nature into consideration. I’m hopeful they’ll make this right.

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  5. The NFL just fined a player for wearing purple football shoes to raise awareness about domestic violence.1 Seriously.
    This is the same league that botched the Ray Rice suspension and brought Greg Hardy back after his conviction for violently assaulting his then-girlfriend.2

    The player, William Gay, knows all too well about domestic violence–his mother was murdered by an abusive partner when he was eight-years old.3 Gay was honoring his mother and showing support to domestic violence survivors–he should be praised, not fined thousands. Clearly, the NFL has no clue how to respond to the issue of domestic violence. So let’s show them, and thank Gay for raising awareness about an issue that affects one in four women.4 Will you add your name?

    Tell William Gay: Thank you for speaking out against domestic violence.
    Sign the petition

    October is both breast cancer awareness month and domestic violence awareness month. And while both are important issues for women, there’s one the NFL would rather not talk about.

    While players, teams, and even stadiums are awash in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer, purple shoes are not allowed.

    The NFL is all about protecting its image. That’s why it has warned its players not to make waves off the field. But that’s exactly what we need when it comes to domestic violence, an issue that the league has tried to bury. Gay has spoken out and said that he will pay the fine, but he hopes that the NFL will donate it to support domestic violence survivors.5

    Other players, and the league, are watching to see how the public responds. Let’s show them that we have Gay’s back.

    Add your name.

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Clarise, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Vanessa, Megan, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet team


    1. William Gay wore purple shoes for domestic violence awareness, got fined, NBC Sports, October 28, 2015

    2. After Ray Rice, The NFL Pledged Millions To Fight Domestic Violence. Here’s How The Money Was Spent. Think Progress, October 7, 2015

    3. N.F.L. Player Punished for Purple Shoes, New York Times, October 29, 2015

    4. Domestic Violence: 1 In 4 American Women Attacked By Intimate Partner, Huffington Post, December 15, 2011

    5. William Gay wore purple shoes for domestic violence awareness, got fined, NBC Sports, October 28, 2015

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