I’d like to thank the NFL for bringing the horrific issue of domestic violence to the forefront of our social conversations and values. Maybe lives will be saved.
I’d also like to vomit on the NFL for downplaying (actually ignoring) this horrific issue of domestic violence. Maybe the NFL’s face can be saved.
But at what expense?
Thankfully, there is outrage from the public who has taken to social media and other communication channels to ensure their voices rise above Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.
Meredith Vieira, thank you for having the courage to stand tall and proud against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s deafening silence in the cases of Rice and Peterson.
I realize neither Rice nor Peterson have been convicted. Please don’t whine about ‘innocent until proven guilty’ because you can refer to Rice’s video and press conference with his wife, the woman he knocked unconscious in a casino elevator in New Jersey before they were married.
And Peterson, the towering, powerful NFL player who thinks it’s OK to hit his four-year-old and call it discipline.
Has anyone checked this person (I wouldn’t call him a man at this point) for a concussion?
Peterson, who is also accused of hitting another one of his young children, says this form of discipline is what he knows. After all, his father used physical beatings, and he (Adrian) is just fine.
Was Peterson’s father a professional football player with a similar physical prowess and power? No, he wasn’t. Clearly, Adrian Peterson is confusing the use of the word ‘discipline.’
For Peterson to make it to the NFL, didn’t he need discipline and mental fortitude to compete and succeed? If he could apply his mental prowess to the game, why couldn’t he apply it to his child, and choose a different form of ‘discipline’ without beating the boy?
Did Adrian Peterson not realize that he is taller and bigger than his son, which makes him the grown-up?
And where has Commissioner Goodell been hiding these days?
Goodell is hiding from women who are using their voices to express outrage over his acceptance of this repugnant behavior.
In New Jersey and California, women who serve in state government are calling for the Commissioner’s resignation.
“When someone sucker punches an innocent woman or takes a switch to his son, something is terribly wrong,” all 10 Assembly Republican women from New Jersey said in a statement. “The league either delays disciplinary action or issues a slap on the wrist of the offender. The victims are vulnerable to the power of these men. Commissioner Goodell is unsuccessfully trying to appease the fans and advertisers that the league takes these actions seriously.”
And there it is.
Why is Goodell as quiet as a church mouse?
Because football is big business first and money is speaking louder than the victims of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.