The NFL Players Association has refused to send a representative to a congressional hearing on domestic violence in sports, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee announced on Monday.
The hearing, which will take place on Tuesday, is set to have representatives from the players unions of MLB, the NBA and the NHL. The chairman of the committee, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, had called for representatives from all four of the major professional sports leagues.
All four leagues will have a representative from the league themselves, including Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, and Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations.
It is currently unclear why the NFLPA is not sending a representative.
The hearing will "examine the current policies of the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL with regard to domestic violence," and specifically "examine how those policies deter violent acts, promote awareness, provide due process, and punish those who commit acts of domestic violence. The hearing will also examine future policies that are being considered for implementation."
- Molly Geary