Brandon Bennett with his sons at their Upstate home. (Aug. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Brandon Bennett is a former Carolina Panther, Cincinnati Bengal, and University of South Carolina grad, but first and foremost he's a dad.
"I want my boys to understand that drugs is wrong, that domestic violence is wrong, fighting is wrong… the whole deal of that just frustrates me because I don't want to be put in the same light as those guys," said Bennett.
Bennett was referring to the people in the NFL who he believes give players a bad reputation.
He said it's frustrating to be looped in with the people who break the law, and that's why he's supporting the NFL's domestic violence policy change, on a case-by-case basis.
"They need to have something set in stone, and then work from that to be able to tailor it to the person specifically. We need to be held accountable for our actions, and show that that's something that's not going to be tolerated," said Bennett.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's new policy gives players two chances.
On the first offense related to domestic violence or sexual assault a player is benched for six games.
Repeat offenders are banished from the NFL, but can get back on the field after a year, if their appeal is accepted.
The NFL issue is also shedding light on a bigger problem in South Carolina where changes in domestic violence laws could be on the horizon.
"Unfortunately, we're number one in the nation according to the statistics per capita for criminal domestic violence," said Rep. Eddie Tallon, R-Spartanburg, SC District 33.
Tallon is one of 10 lawmakers focusing on revamping the state's criminal domestic violence laws ahead of next year's session.
"We've got to change the culture. We've got to break the cycle of criminal domestic violence," said Tallon.
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