Nate Newton's Ex-Wife Claims The Cowboys Knew he Was Physically Abusing Her And Did Nothing About It
BSO- Dorothy Newton, the ex-wife of former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton, claimed in an interview with Sports Illustrated on Wednesday that the team allegedly knew that she was being domestically abused during the 1990s, but did not do anything about it.
In the interview with SI, Newton goes into detail about some of the incidents of domestic abuse she claims to have experienced while being married to Nate.
“In the beginning … there was a lot of verbal abuse, and I didn’t recognize it as abuse,” Newton said. She said the verbal abuse shifted to physical violence after Nate’s first Super Bowl victorywhile with the Cowboys.
According to Dorothy, one of her friends eventually told someone within the Dallas franchise about what was going on between her and Nate once the relationship got more violent. Afterward, Dorothy claimed, Nate shot at her and shoved a table into her stomach while she was pregnant.
Um, was Nate Newton an abusive parent? Was Nate Newton's ex-wife seven years old? Were the Dallas Cowboys her first grade teacher? What are we talking about here? I know the NFL logo is a shield, but it's employees do not wear badges. Does she expect us to be surprised that Dallas Cowboys weren't beating down the Newton's door ready to drag their All-Pro offensive lineman down to the police station? I have an idea, and I know it's easy to say 20 some odd years later, but if she had no problem telling her friend, who in turn told the Cowboys, why not just tell someone that can fucking do something about it? Like, oh I don't know, the fucking cops. There seems to be a common theme with all these cases of domestic abuse amongst athletes. People are always looking to the Commissioners and the General Managers to see how they are going to fix the problem. If these women were really worried that much about their safety then how about doing something, or talking to someone, that can ensure their safety? If you are going to blow the whistle anyway then why do it in front of someone that stands to benefit from the person who the whistle is being blown on?
The NFL, and more specifically the NFL franchises, do not care about domestic abuse. They don't care now, and they CERTAINLY didn't care two decades ago. The only reason it gets so much attention now is because the state of the media brings it so much more exposure. A level of exposure that didn't exist in the mid-90's. The suspensions of players like Ray Rice and Greg Hardy weren't made because the NFL takes domestic abuse seriously, they were made to make you think that the NFL takes domestic abuse seriously. Of course players used to get away with domestic abuse. It's not like 2014 was the first time an NFL player ever lay hands on a woman. It was just the first time we saw it broadcast to the world. The NFL is a business. The Dallas Cowboys are a business. There's no moral code they have to uphold unless upholding that moral code means that they maintain their bottomline. It's always been about making money and winning football games, and it wasn't until recently that battered women stood in the way of that. That might not be ethical, but the NFL doesn't have to be ethical. That should be left to the actual judge, jury, and executioner, not the league that tries (and fails) to play those roles from time to time.