President Barack Obama criticized the NFL on Friday for how it dealt with the Ray Rice domestic violence case.
"The way it was handled also indicates the NFL was behind the curve, as a lot of institutions have been behind the curve, in sending a clear message," Obama said in an ESPN radio interview.
Rice was suspended for two games after striking his wife, a suspension that was extended indefinitely after video of the incident surfaced. But last week a judge reinstated Rice, who can sign with a team at any time.
Obama said historically the league has been "an old boys' network."
"Hopefully this is a wake-up call and people start thinking about this a little more," he said.