Domestic violence in sports is a topic of national conversation, after TMZ released a video showing Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice in an elevator punching his then-fiance, Janay Palmer, in the face.
After a two-game suspension, the NFL quickly went back on its original ruling and suspended Rice indefinitely.
Joy Taylor, who is former Miami Dolphins player Jason Taylor’s sister and a sports radio show host herself, was a victim of domestic violence in the past and is very outspoken on the issue.
“Everybody gets a second chance, right? That’s sort of of what happened with me. You get put into a position where you are no longer super angry, no longer physically hurt because wounds heal and they ask for forgiveness. They remind you that you have all these nice things together and they love you. They slowly drag you back in, that’s how it happens.” Taylor said. “They manipulate you. The treat you in a way that makes you think you deserved it.”
Taylor points out while the domestic violence is spotlighted in sports, it’s a widespread problem that one in three women face.
“When you looks at sports it’s a tiny piece of society…small amount of people and it seems like it happens all the time. It seems like you hear a story about domestic violence all the time. The reason is because it happens that much in society. It’s such a big problem. It’s not just necessarily sports. It happens so much and we see it in sports and there’s a spotlight on sports.”