10 Athletes Who Were Accused of Domestic Violence -- Yet Still Manage to Make Millions

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Tito Ortiz at the 2015 Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards held at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, USA on June 6, 2015.

Domestic violence -- including sexual assault -- leaves marks that aren't always visibly seen and can haunt survivors for the rest of their lives. And it haunts way too many. It is reported that 1 in 3 women have been physically abused by an intimate partner, with 14 to 25 percent having specifically been sexually assaulted -- and these numbers don't even reflect the psychological abuse that often goes hand in hand. This shows that our society has a serious problem. And one of those problems is accountability -- especially among athletes who wow us with their talents, but often skirt punishments because of their celebrity.

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It's hard to deny how easy it has become for athletes to suit up to play the sport they love -- with domestic violence accusations lurking in their past. And while forgiveness and redemption are possible, that does not mean we automatically forget about the grievances.

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These athletes possess sporting abilities that set them apart from the rest. They also have been accused, arrested, or convicted for crimes against women (and children) that should not be swept under the rug. Only we can decide -- with our voices and our actions -- whether they should still be celebrated as cultural icons.

 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic abuse, you can find help and support at DVIS.org, the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or by contacting your local women's shelter (domesticshelters.org).

 

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