Bob Schieffer, host of CBS's Face the Nation, asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to weigh in on the domestic violence charges that have been running rampant recently and what the NFL should do about it.
Specifically, Schieffer asked of her team, the San Francisco 49ers, and the recent charges brought against Ray McDonald for felony assault on his wife. Feinstein spoke for "all of the women in the Senate" and said they are "very surprised, amazed, and very resolute to do something about it:"
I think there is no place for this, period. I believe very strongly that if a player is arrested, they should be suspended. And if they are convicted, that ends it. I know there are contracts, but this has gone on too long, it is getting too bad, and this team -- these teams have to set an example for the rest of society.
They have to project the values of what's right and what's wrong, and to let players continue to play after they have been convicted of what would be a felony, I think is a huge mistake.
Feinstein said, "What's happened is a dramatic growth in violence, and I think if you combine violence with alcohol in a social setting, you get a very unpredictable result."
Feinstein reminisced about the glory days of the Niners when she was "mayor of five Super Bowls." She spoke of knowing former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle and current commissioner Roger Goodell and said the NFL is a "great league" but has to have a "strength in the league" to project those values.