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Tim McGraw honored in Atlanta

Tim McGraw spoke from the heart at Saturday's Men Stopping Violence awards dinner. Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography

Tim McGraw spoke from the heart at Saturday's Men Stopping Violence awards dinner. Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography

Tim McGraw took the stage and captivated the audience on Saturday night, but he wasn’t performing.

Instead, the country star was receiving an honor at the Men Stopping Violence awards dinner, held at the downtown Ritz-Carlton.

“I am a product of domestic violence,” McGraw said. “It is a learned behavior. I learned a lot. I learned how not to treat my wife, how not to treat my family. My wife, Faith Hill, is my inspiration and my partner in all I do.”

The couple founded the Neighbor’s Keeper Fund, which supports a number of community projects.

In addition to the work he and Faith do supporting charities, Tim is known for not putting up with guys behaving badly toward women at his shows. Here’s a story detailing how he ejected a fan from one of his concerts for treating a woman badly.

“You don’t treat women like that,” Tim said at the time.

CNN's Don Lemon, right, served as the evening's emcee. Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography

CNN's Don Lemon, left, served as the evening's emcee. Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography

He referenced that on Saturday. While he has the microphone at a concert and therefore calls the shots, it’s up to everyone to speak out against domestic violence, he said.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “One of the most basic things we can do is let the men in our lives know it’s not OK to mistreat a woman. Every one of us has the microphone when it comes to domestic violence and mistreating women.

He also talked about what a personal cause domestic violence is, as a father.

“I’ve been blessed with three beautiful daughters,” he said. “They’re strong, like their mother. I don’t want them to ever be afraid to speak their mind.”

Also honored at Saturday’s event were playwright Pearl Cleage and Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., an author, historian and general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The late Frank Ostrowski, who was a psychologist and peace activist, was honored posthumously.

16 comments Add your comment

BigDawg

October 4th, 2010
11:26 am

good job big Tim

Skegeeace

October 4th, 2010
11:33 am

Hubba, hubba! He’s fine and kind to women. Faith, you’ve got yourself a catch, girl!

JRP

October 4th, 2010
12:04 pm

He can eat crackers in my bed anytime..

Cynthia

October 4th, 2010
12:12 pm

Great honor for all his work in this cause.

Penny Hopper

October 4th, 2010
12:14 pm

Good job Tim. I am well aware of viloence when it comes to a relationship. I may not go through the physicial abuse but I defintely go through the mental abuse. Thank you for being there when someone needed you the most.

NANA

October 4th, 2010
12:33 pm

Now there’s a real man!

gapeach

October 4th, 2010
1:05 pm

Tim, I have always been a fan of both you and Faith…but my respect for you just continues to grow!!!! Thank you for breaking the chain and not only being a good daddy/husband in your family, but also for setting a great example!

LaVonda

October 4th, 2010
7:03 pm

God sure did bless that man!! That is one fine man! Good looking with a great heart to match. Keep up the great work Tim……Faith, you go girl!

Kylee

October 4th, 2010
10:56 pm

I am confused by this. I (Kylee Mazzeo) saw a video of Tim and the DHD’s backstage goofing around after a S2S II concert. They were singing acapella and making lewd “jelly donut” references. I am a bit puzzled how one can laugh at such a derogatory act towards women, and then accept an award for Men Stopping Violence??????

Myra Robinson

October 4th, 2010
10:57 pm

it has all been said,Tim. your are a fine example of what a man should be ,good looking and a REAL GOOD MAN! I am a very proud Tim and Faith fan!!

Myra Robinson

October 4th, 2010
11:02 pm

well the soul2soul concert was a few years ago,but I am wondering what is meant by that myself. and maybe that is the reason why most of his band members have been married more than once,they don’t know how to treat a woman and he does. what does “jelly donut” mean? what were they speaking about ? of course making a reference like that doesn’t mean they beat a woman,it is just talk.

Kylee

October 5th, 2010
1:06 pm

Myra, “Jelly Donut” is a slang term for a man getting his thrills by ejaculating in a woman’s face, and then punching her in the face to make her bleed. One of the DHD’s said “do a jelly donut!!!” and Tim simulated the act, and they were all laughing about it. Perhaps Tim had been drinking at the time and didn’t realize how awful that really looked. There was nothing funny about it. Since seeing that video, I have lost a ton of respect for Tim and the DHD’s. On the other hand, Tim said he’s been sober for a couple of years now, so I’m truly hoping he’s turned over a new leaf. If so, he needs to admit he hasn’t always been the “knight and shining armor” he’s portrays.

LNB

October 5th, 2010
5:11 pm

TIM THERE SHOULD BE MORE MEN LIKE YOU TO TALK ON THIS MATTER.What a great place to receive the award.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!aLLSO THANK YOU FOR COMING TO AUSTRALIA PLEASE come back and show your beautiful family to our lovely country again we will be there again it took us five hours to drive there to sing along with you well done love to your family.

Myra Robinson

October 7th, 2010
10:39 pm

I would like to see that video of Tim doing something like that,then I would believe it. and I would never buy another record from him or listen to his music. being a drinker is no excuse. he has said he has changed because of Faith and he said he was a real bad guy and she turned him around,but if he did that during a soul2soul tour,and I saw a video of him doing that,that would be it for me. I find it hard to believe that he did something like that ,I have never in my life heard of him being like that. for him to do that when his family was not far away from him and they could have seen his actions,I have no more respect for him. I know his band is kinda rounchy,I have read that.

Myra Robinson

October 7th, 2010
11:05 pm

the comment about Tim doing something wrong toward a woman and acting it out,does not mean that he would actually do it,Tim has mentioned he is a lot different when he is not around his family,when he hangs out with the boys,they talk dirty ,he always cusses but never does it around his family. that must be really difficult though,because when a guy is use to cussing it is really hard not to around other family members and I have an idea that he hates being the only man in a house full of females. that is why he is so different when he is with the guys and away from the women. that is living a lie. I cannot believe he can really be happy like that.

Myra Robinson

October 7th, 2010
11:13 pm

my response to what Tim had done while on tour with the DHD and this was supposedly on a video,in the first place that would not be on video for anyone to see and if you saw it chances are many others saw it to and someone would have done something about that by now. like bring it to Tim’s attention so he could admit how he was and own up to it. I know he admitted being a really bad boy when he met Faith and she turned him around,but for him to be that way on their tour,I have a hard time believing that.