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Letter: NFL players given passes for years

In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Minnesota

In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Minneapolis. Credit: AP / Ann Heisenfelt

The recent stories about domestic violence and child abuse among NFL players should come as a surprise to no one ["Stop making athletes role models," Opinion, Sept. 21]. For years we have supported a culture of inaction that has directly contributed to these trends.

Some high schools graduate athletes who are unable to read, write or do arithmetic. Colleges recruit athletes who should have never graduated high school with the hope that the students will improve their athletic standing and ultimately the colleges' financial bottom line.

In addition to not achieving academically, some of these individuals enter college with criminal records that are simply overlooked. They are then placed in academic programs that elementary school students would have very little difficulty passing.

NFL teams then draft these athletes and pay them millions of dollars. What a message. The men committing these atrocious acts have been virtually given a pass since high school.

Ed Quinlan, New Hyde Park