“Boys will be boys” culture in sports, which has allowed and concealed abuse against women for decades, has by no means been eradicated. However, it certainly is being exposed and demolished incident by incident.

Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced that its commissioner, Rob Manfred, suspended pitcher Aroldis Chapman for 30 games under its new domestic violence policy for an incident involving him and his girlfriend last October.

The 28-year-old Cuban-born reliever, one of baseball’s best closers, was acquired by the New York Yankees in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds in early January. It is alleged he choked his girlfriend, Cristina Barnea, after a verbal dispute at his Miami area home. He then retreated to his garage alone, where he fired eight shots from a handgun.

It is just one of numerous episodes of domestic violence against women on the collegiate and professional levels over the past several years that have garnered widespread attention. One can argue that the impetus for drastic changes in policy and harsh punishment enacted by all of the major North American sports leagues was the case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

In that event, a video obtained by media outlet TMZ surfaced Feb. 19, 2014, showing Rice punching and knocking out his then finance and now wife, Janay Palmer, in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino. The horrifying footage became a rallying cry for tough and unwavering stances against male athletes who perpetrate violence against women.

But it also rightfully had an impact on same-sex relationships, as exampled by the seven-game suspensions imposed on WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson last season for their domestic violence arrests in May 2015.

However, it is male athletes’ long-held feeling of invincibility and privilege, fed by a callous system that values winning and economic gain over morals and ethics, that enables abhorrent behavior.

The Dallas Cowboys’ signing of defensive end Greg Hardy last May after despicable details emerged of his arrest in May 2014 and subsequent conviction for assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, illuminates the win-at-all cost mentality that still permeates sports. Although the verdict was set aside and all charges dropped when Hardy requested a jury trial, he should have unequivocally been persona non grata.

However, it is undeniable that progress is being made across the sports landscape. The cheers are turning into jeers and the punishment palpable for abusers.