NFL: Beat your dog, sit out the season. Beat your wife and you still play.
September 6, 2007
Even people who aren’t football fans have heard about Michael Vick, the star quarterback whose abuse of pit bulls led to a guilty plea on federal dogfighting charges, drew public vilification and spurred an indefinite suspension from the NFL.
Far fewer people have heard of Michael Pittman, another NFL player accused of violence.
In May 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back was arrested on charges of ramming his Hummer into a car driven by his wife and carrying their 2-year-old child and a babysitter. It was the fourth time the 6-foot, 228-pound player was accused of domestic violence. Even so, Pittman played the 2003 season.