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Roger Goodell meets with black female leaders about domestic violence in NFL after backlash

Christian Red
New York Daily News
Nov 15, 2014

Black women are being heard on the issue of domestic violence in the NFL — after Commissioner Roger Goodell initially failed to invite them to the table.

Goodell met for two hours Friday at NFL headquarters on Park Ave. with nearly a dozen civic leaders who belong to the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network.

The meeting came about two months after the NFL honcho named a special panel to advise the league on domestic violence matters. The group he selected was comprised of three white women, including Lisa Friel, a former Manhattan prosecutor.

Melanie Campbell, the president and CEO of the D.C.-based National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, was outraged that none of the panelists were black despite the fact that about 70% of NFL players are African-American. She fired off a letter to Goodell pointing out the lack of diversity on the panel and requested a meeting with the commissioner. Since then, at least one black woman was added to the advisory group. The meeting with Goodell happened on Friday.

Campbell said the meeting “covered a lot of ground” and described it as “very productive.”

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