On Thursday, USA Today published an article with quotes from former Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo claiming NFL teams did not discipline hundreds and hundreds of domestic violence cases during his 30 years in the league and that he had regrets his part in the cover ups.
“For whatever reason, it just kind of got glossed over. I’m no psychiatrist, so I can’t really get into what that part of it is. I’m just telling you how I was. I’ve got to look at myself first. And I was part of that, but I didn’t stand alone.”
Considering how the NFL handled the Ray Rice incident earlier this year, it’s easy to believe his comments that the NFL has a history of glossing over domestic violence cases. However, earlier on Friday, Angelo began backtracking from his original comments and claimed they were taken out of context.
“That ‘hundreds and hundreds’ was taken totally out of context. When I was making a point to this person, I was making a point that over my 31 years in the National Football League, I’ve seen a lot of changes. There were hundreds and hundreds of things over those years that I’ve seen that have gotten better. Domestic violence is one of those. There were no hundreds and hundreds of domestic violence cases. I would have no knowledge of that or have any idea how I would authenticate that.”
It sounds like Jerry got a tap on the shoulder from “The Shield” on Thursday night, because based on what we’ve learned recently about the NFL and how they operate, his original comments are more believable than his backtrack.
Taken out of context? Sorry, Jerry. I’m not buying it.