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How the NFL responds to accusations of violence against women has been discussed anecdotally for years, usually focusing on the short-term punishment individual athletes did or did not receive from their teams or the league. But a recent study examined this issue more comprehensively, asking: Do arrests for accusations of violence against women hurt NFL players’ careers?

The answer, according to the peer-reviewed study published in May in the academic journal Violence Against Women, is: not really.

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