Jonathan Zimmerman, an associate professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, contends that professional sports teams are too lax in handling athletes’ cases of spousal abuse. In a column in today’s New York Daily News, Zimmerman lists a series of athletes who have been charged with hitting their spouses or girlfriends, but have gone unpunished by their teams. He notes this is in contrast to punishments teams dole out for drug possession or use, which likely result in team-imposed suspensions.

A former Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher, Zimmerman is the author of Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools (Harvard, 2002) and Distilling Democracy: Alcohol Education in America’s Public Schools, 1880-1925 (Kansas, 1999).

Reporters interested in speaking with Professor Zimmerman on this topic should contact James Devitt at (212) 998-6808 or

EDITOR’S NOTE The Steinhardt School of Education prepares students for careers in education, health and nursing, applied psychology, communications, and the arts and serves as a source of continuing education for working professionals who seek career advancement and enrichment. On the graduate level, specialized training is offered within the context of one of the country’s leading centers of research. The school is also a center for research and community service, especially committed to activities aimed at improving the urban environment.

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