NPR’s Pesca: NFL’s ‘Rich, White Male Decision Makers’ Due Process ‘Flawed’

Appearing as a guest on ESPN2’s “Olbermann,” host of’s podcast “The Gist” and contributor to NPR Mike Pesca addressed former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald’s domestic violence history and his recent dismissal from the Bears following an arrest earlier this week on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment.

According to Pesca, the “rich, white males” that are conducting the interviews have a flawed process around domestic abuse and gender issues, and should speak to the alleged victims before signing players with criminal histories.

“You have to do your due diligence, which they did not,” Pesca said. “It seems the process was pretty flawed. You know, whenever decision makers in the NFL, let’s say it, rich, white male decision makers in the NFL, sort of improvise a process around gender issues, women issues, domestic abuse, just like Roger Goodell decided to interview Janay Palmer, now Janay Rice, in the room with Ray Rice; every expert on domestic abuse would say you never do that. Just like in this, he talked to the Bears ownership, said they talked to Urban Meyer and McDonald’s parents. What about the alleged victim?

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