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NFL Under Fire: Latest Domestic Abuse Controversies

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - The NFL's domestic abuse controversy isn't going away anytime soon, as more and more players are being accused of violent actions.

Arizona Cardinals running back Johnathan Dwyer is the latest NFL player accused of domestic violence.

According to Police, Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances. Investigators said he then punched her in the face the next day and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son.

The baby was not injured and when Dwyer was pressed on the issue by a reporter he said "I'll never hurt my son."

Early Thursday morning authorities released him from jail.

Nancy Pelosi chimed in on a domestic abuse case surrounding her hometown San Francisco 49ers.

The team's defensive end Ray McDonald is currently being investigated for allegedly hitting his pregnant fiancée. Though McDonald hasn't been charged, Pelosi isn't happy he is in the starting lineup.

"Our coach says, you know, innocent until proven guilty, due process, all of that. But the fact is he shouldn't have played," Pelosi said.

Former Miami Dolphins' wide receiver, and current Chicago Bear, Brandon Marshall spoke out Thursday afternoon regarding his 2006 domestic violence allegations, which critics said the NFL didn't reprimand him enough.

In his news conference, Marshall accepted what he did when he was "young and stupid," but that bringing it up now is exploitation.

The fallout isn't limited to players though.

Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a domestic violence case involving his girlfriend.

The 25-year-old was sentenced to a year of probation and domestic violence counseling.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not made any public appearances or comments since he was interviewed by CBS News September 9th. But he has been busy handling the latest domestic violence cases.

Wednesday, Goodell placed Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, and Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers on a special "exempt list".  It amounts to a paid suspension, and it's a special status set aside for "unusual circumstances."

But in recent weeks, "unusual circumstances" have become the norm in the NFL.


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