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NFL: Russell Wilson not shy in addressing domestic violence

Russell Wilson has addressed behavioral issues in his column for “The Players’ Tribune.” (Associated Press)
Russell Wilson has addressed behavioral issues in his column for “The Players’ Tribune.” (Associated Press)
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said he didn’t feel he needed to shy away from addressing domestic violence in his first column for Derek Jeter’s new website.

Wilson spoke Friday about his “Why Not You Foundation” and his “Pass The Peace” initiative with the goal of helping raise funds to support victims of domestic violence. Wilson said there was no hesitation on his part to address a topic currently at the forefront of conversation.

“I think some things you don’t have to shy away from. You know what’s right, you know what’s wrong and I don’t think you need to shy away from it,” Wilson said. “I don’t need to go into what I think people did right or wrong, I don’t think that’s my part. But the whole idea of the ‘Why Not You Foundation’ and the whole idea of ‘Pass The Peace’ is what can we do to move forward? What can we do now and what can we do in the future?”

Wilson spent most of his weekly availability talking about his foundation and the response to his first column for Jeter’s new site, “The Players’ Tribune.” Wilson went more than 10 minutes before he was asked a question about Monday’s matchup at Washington.

Wilson revealed in the column that appeared Thursday that he was a bully as a child and didn’t grow out of that phase until he was a teenager.

“I’m a very reserved person for the most part but I do think that being able to step out into that and write articles and to do some videos and do some fun things with ‘Players Tribune,’ which is going to be a great thing for athletes, is going to be something truly special,” Wilson said.

Bironas had high B.A.C. in fatality

The toxicology report shows former Titans kicker Rob Bironas had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit for driving in Tennessee when he died in a one-vehicle crash.

Testing released by the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office shows Bironas had a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent. Tennessee’s limit for driving under the influence is 0.08 percent. The toxicology report also says a low level of Diazepam or Valium also was detected, but at a level so low to have a “negligible effect,” according to a release.

Around the league

After practicing all week, Titans QB Jake Locker is on track to return to the starting lineup for Tennessee against Cleveland on Sunday. … Saints coach Sean Payton says starting S Jairus Byrd has had season-ending knee surgery on an injured lateral meniscus. … The Broncos have cut ties with K Matt Prater, who’s about to come off his four-game suspension. … Jets QB Geno Smith was fined $12,000 by the NFL for cursing at a fan after a loss against Detroit last Sunday. … Chiefs WR Donnie Avery had surgery for a sports hernia and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at San Francisco, though he is expected back later this season. … Drew Stanton will get his third straight start at QB when the Cardinals visit Denver on Sunday.

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