DVR alert: ESPN Outside The Lines Special examining domestic violence in sports

At this point, the Ray Rice story seems like it happened a few years ago. Things have quieted down quite a bit.

So kudos to ESPN and “Outside The Lines” for keeping the spotlight on such an important issue.

The rundown from ESPN:


ESPN will air a one-hour, primetime Outside The Lines Special – “Domestic Violence and Sports: Out of the Shadows” hosted by veteran journalist Bob Ley on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Continuing the network’s extensive reporting on the subject of domestic violence, the OTL special and stories during the week include features from reporters Kelly NaqiJohn BarrSteve Delsohn and Mark Fainaru-Wada.

Outside the Lines wanted to produce this special so our audience could better understand the impact domestic violence has on the victims, the perpetrators, the teams and the leagues,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Dwayne Bray. “We hope the stories and discussion we present in this special enhance our audience’s understanding of the issue.”

“We wanted to examine more closely some of the issues related to the recent rash of domestic violence stories coming out of the sports world,” said Carolyn Hong, a coordinating producer for ESPN’s enterprise unit. “Our reporting will hopefully generate more discussion on an issue that transcends sports.”

Panelists, for Tuesday night’s show (subject to change) include: espnW’s Jane McManus; NFL executive Vice President of football operations Troy Vincent; and Shawnda Wilkinson, ex-wife of “Big Daddy” Wilkinson.

Former Abuser – Ex-Denver Broncos wide receiver Vance Johnson discusses his history of abusing women. Kelly Naqi reports. (Preview clip:

Turning it Around – Groups including Men of Code speak to young athletes in an effort to inspire the next generation. Steve Delsohn reports. (Preview clip:

NFL’s Domestic Violence History — A look at how the league handled the domestic-violence issue over the past two decades. Mark Fainaru-Wada reports.

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