Outside The Lines Special – “Domestic Violence and Sports: Out of the Shadows”

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Outside The Lines Special – “Domestic Violence and Sports: Out of the Shadows”

Bob Ley hosts primetime show that includes features and panel discussions

ESPN will air a one-hour, primetime Outside The Lines Special – “Domestic Violence and Sports: Out of the Shadows” hosted by veteran journalist Bob Ley on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Continuing the network’s extensive reporting on the subject of domestic violence, the OTL special and stories during the week include features from reporters Kelly Naqi, John Barr, Steve Delsohn and Mark Fainaru-Wada.

Outside the Lines wanted to produce this special so our audience could better understand the impact domestic violence has on the victims, the perpetrators, the teams and the leagues,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Dwayne Bray. “We hope the stories and discussion we present in this special enhance our audience’s understanding of the issue.”

“We wanted to examine more closely some of the issues related to the recent rash of domestic violence stories coming out of the sports world,” said Carolyn Hong, a coordinating producer for ESPN’s enterprise unit. “Our reporting will hopefully generate more discussion on an issue that transcends sports.”

Panelists, for Tuesday night’s show (subject to change) include: espnW’s Jane McManus; NFL executive Vice President of football operations Troy Vincent; and Shawnda Wilkinson, ex-wife of “Big Daddy” Wilkinson.

The following are some of the scheduled features that will air either within the special or on other editions of OTL (including Sunday 8 a.m. ET, ESPN2; 9 a.m. ET, ESPNEWS; and daily at 5:30 p.m., ESPN2). A re-air of Tuesday night’s special will be shown Wednesday at 2:30 a.m.:

Former Abuser – Ex-Denver Broncos wide receiver Vance Johnson discusses his history of abusing women. Kelly Naqi reports, starting on Sunday. (Preview clip: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11822093)

Turning it Around – Groups including Men of Code speak to young athletes in an effort to inspire the next generation. Steve Delsohn reports, Sunday and Tuesday afternoon OTL. (Preview clip: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11822136)

NFL’s Domestic Violence History — A look at how the league handled the domestic-violence issue over the past two decades. Mark Fainaru-Wada reports.



Teri Couch

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