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Former Bears GM Admits Domestic Violence Went Unreported

Jerry Angelo says reporting incidents would have put teams at a "competitive disadvantage"

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    Former Bears GM Admits Domestic Violence Went Unreported
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    LAKE FOREST, IL - MAY 01: General manager Jerry Angelo of the Chicago Bears watches a rookie mini-camp practice on May 1, 2009 at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo says he "made a mistake" by not disciplining players for domestic violence incidents, and didn't do so because it would put his teams at a "competitive disadvantage."

    Angelo, who was GM from 2001 to 2011, told USA Today that teams did not discipline players in "hundreds and hundreds" of domestic violence incidents.

    "I was part of it. I'm not proud of it," Angelo told the newspaper about covering up the incidents during his 30-year tenure in the league.

    Angelo said when an instance of domestic violence was brought to his attention, he would make sure everyone was OK and "then we'd just move on."

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    Angelo told the newspaper that his perspective changed with he saw the video of running back Ray Rice punching his fiancee in an elevator.

    USA Today also spoke with another former Chicago Bear, defensive tackle Tank Johnson, who said he's aware of domestic violence incidents that went unpunished.

    Johnson was suspended for six games in 2007 in connection with gun charges.