NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said NFL teams didn’t discipline players in “hundreds and hundreds” of domestic violence incidents during his 30-year career, USA Today reported Thursday.
“I made a mistake,” Angelo told the newspaper. “I was human. I was part of it. I’m not proud of it.”READ MORE: Kimberly Druhan, Baltimore Woman Last Seen In Brooklyn, Found After Search
Angelo was the Bears’ GM from 2001 to 2011. He entered the league as a scout with Dallas in 1980, worked as a scout for the New York Giants from 1982 to 1986, and was Tampa Bay’s director of player personnel for Tampa Bay from 1987 to 2001.
Angelo said he would ask, “OK, is everybody OK? Yeah. How are they doing? Good. And then we’d just move on. We’d move on.”
“We knew it was wrong,” Angelo told USA Today. “… For whatever reason, it just kind of got glossed over. I’m no psychiatrist, so I can’t really get into what that part of it is. I’m just telling you how I was. I’ve got to look at myself first. And I was part of that, but I didn’t stand alone.”
The Bears responded in a statement to the newspaper: “We were surprised by Jerry’s comments and do not know what he is referring to.”READ MORE: NYPD: Man With Kids Seen On Video Robbing Frozen Yogurt Shop In Queens
On Wednesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell met with the full body of NFL owners for the first time since several missteps by the league involving personal conduct incidents. The agenda was filled with discussion of domestic violence and discipline for misbehavior.
“Our business is to win games,” said Angelo, admitting the incidents weren’t reported to the NFL. “We’ve got to win games, and the commissioner’s job is to make sure the credibility of the National Football League is held in the highest esteem. But to start with that, you have to know who’s representing the shield. We got our priorities a little out of order.”
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