NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that he believed president-elect Donald Trump's statements about women would make it more difficult for the league to reduce domestic violence incidents.
Speaking at The New York Times' Dealbook conference, Goodell also said that Trump's remarks, which have included bragging about groping women and the repeated use of derogatory and misogynistic language, were difficult to explain to his family.
“It makes my job harder at home too,” Goodell said, according to SB Nation. “I have twin daughters and a wife so I have to explain that to them. So yes, on that front. Does it make it harder publicly? Listen, I think our country has to have more respect for one another, and we have to unite.”
The NFL has come under scrutiny for its handling of domestic violence cases. Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown was initially suspended in August for one game following an investigation into his May 2015 arrest for spousal abuse of his now ex-wife. But journals and emails given to the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office were later released and revealed that Brown said he had been "physically, emotionally and verbally" abusive.
Brown was placed on the commissioner's exempt list and subsequently released by the Giants.
The league has an ongoing investigation concerning whether Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott violated the conduct policy after a woman alleged violent incidents in Florida and Columbus, Ohio. Elliott was not charged in either place.
“I don’t think people understand the complexity of these issues like domestic violence,” Goodell said Tuesday. “People hold the NFL to a very high standard.”