Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the military’s relationship with the NFL in the midst of the league’s metastasizing domestic abuse problem.
“The secretary wants to fully understand that relationship, in case he decides to make some changes to it,” a defense official said.
In doing so the Pentagon is both joining Budweiser as another anxious sponsor and potentially serving as an expression of disapproval from the White House.
In addition to $10 million worth of ad buys, the military is entwined with the NFL on numerous levels, including everything from the use of military personnel during games to sharing health research on brain injuries to visits to military bases from players.
All this has made the secretary worried that the military, which has its own sexual assault problems, could suffer as a result of its alliance with the league. Or, to put it another way:
Secretary of War expresses deep concern on hearing of violence in NFL. http://t.co/2QCEOPeVrJ
— Fake Mayor Jim Ardis (@Popehat) September 22, 2014
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