Domestic violence allegations are all too common.
In the recent news stories following below, each involves allegations of domestic violence, and in each, the stakes are quite high:
- Johnny Manziel is going back to Texas A&M to finish his degree, according to the Washington Post, following the probable end of his NFL career, ahead of a court date involving allegations of domestic violence.
- Texas A&M linebacker Josh Walker, accused of pushing his girlfriend, was recently arrested on domestic violence charges. Walker was subsequently suspended, his future as a collegiate athlete uncertain.
- And, according to NBC Sports, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot has escaped domestic violence charges (based on "conflicting and inconsistent information") after an alleged domestic violence incident in July. However, as NBC Sports points out, the NFL may still decide to punish him.
These are relatively high-profile cases, involving high-profile individuals. In each, the allegations appear to have had a major career and personal impact.
But the stakes are also high when it comes to everyone else.