Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) will guest star on one of those November sweep ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Wolf Films/Universal Television’s Law & Order: SVU that we have come to expect and love. This one will tackle the whole sports/domestic violence issue. Coleman’s character is described as “an ex-sports star turned reporter” who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good) in the episode titled “Spousal Privilege.” Despite photographic evidence of the abuse, the case becomes complicated when the couple tries to keep the charges under the radar. Announcing the riffing-off-real-life episode, producers did not spell out whether Coleman’s playing a former NFL player. In real life, the issue of domestic violence in sports became very hot in September, when the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after TMZ released video showing Rice clocking his then fiancee in a casino elevator.
“Domestic violence, with a push from Mariska Hargitay’s NO MORE campaign (www.nomore.org), has recently sparked a long-needed national dialogue,” series EP Warren Leight said in the announcement, adding that the episode “explores the personal and legal complexities of this intractable problem.”
NBC airs Sunday NFL football which is among the most successful franchises on television.