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DON SABO, PHILIP M. GRAY & LINDA A. MOORE

In: Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Sport

Chapter 8: Domestic Violence and Televised Athletic Events: “It's a Man Thing”

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Domestic Violence and Televised Athletic Events: “It's a Man Thing”
Domestic violence and televised athletic events: “It's a man thing”
DONSABO
PHILIP M.GRAY
LINDA A.MOORE

Jennifer is a 44-year-old African American woman who has lived with her 36-year-old partner, Charles, for 7 years. Charles played basketball in high school and, later, in a job corps league. Today he is an avid sports fan, watching football and basketball all day on weekends, and betting between $2 and $10 on each game. During games, he drinks beer and liquor and smokes marijuana. Charles first started beating Jennifer after his favorite team, the Buffalo Bills, lost their first Super Bowl championship. As she recalled:

It was horrible, crazy. He punched me in the mouth, split my lip. I had bruises on my body ...

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