Dorothy Newton, the ex-wife of former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton, claimed in an interview with Sports Illustrated on Wednesday that the team allegedly knew that she was being domestically abused during the 1990s, but did not do anything about it.
In the interview with SI, Newton goes into detail about some of the incidents of domestic abuse she claims to have experienced while being married to Nate.
"In the beginning ... there was a lot of verbal abuse, and I didn't recognize it as abuse," Newton said. She said the verbal abuse shifted to physical violence after Nate's first Super Bowl victory while with the Cowboys.
According to Dorothy, one of her friends eventually told someone within the Dallas franchise about what was going on between her and Nate once the relationship got more violent. Afterward, Dorothy claimed, Nate shot at her and shoved a table into her stomach while she was pregnant.
Dallas has faced criticism over the team's decision to sign Greg Hardy earlier this year. Hardy was found guilty on two counts of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder in June 2014, but the case was eventually thrown out after being settled out of court.
The Cowboys did not respond to request for comment.
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