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The Abusive NFL Players

Updated on September 15, 2014
Ray Rice and his victim wife
Ray Rice and his victim wife
Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson
His victim
His victim

Domestic violence accounts for 48%of arrests for violent crimes among NFL players. That was the result of a recent study.Until recently, with the rash number of players being in the spotlight for being abusive to wives, girlfriends or children was not well known. The Ray Rice debacle where he slammed his wife knocking her out and then dragging her body out of the elevator, is and was, the shock that went around the world. To make matters worse, the DA decided not to charge him with assault and battery, a charge they could have landed him in jail for up to a year. Instead, he gets a slap on the wrist and sent to a diversion program for domestic violence. Then, if that was not enough to promote "domestic violence" against women is okay, the NFL league simply suspended him from playing for an "indeterminate" time.

Ray Rice should be charged and face the legal ramifications like anyone else. Most domestic violence cases do not get diversion programs. The DA should be disbarred for such preferential treatment because of his start status. This same DA is now charging a woman with possession of a gun and hollow point ammo with a permit from another state. She has two kids and was not aware her gun permit from the state she resides did not apply to the state she was traveling in. She could get 10 years for such nonsense. Which is worst? Who is famous? Who gets the break?

Then there is horrific Adrian Peterson player, who whipped his kid with tree branch until welts and blood developed. He was indicted for child abuse and a second charge is developing about child abuse to another child. He was booked and set free on a $15,000 bail. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty. Kind of hard to believe a jury would say he was not guilty because the excessive force is just that and trying to hide behind the disciplinary facade fails.

According to the own NFL policy, a player is suppose to be suspended for six games without pay, yet Adrian continues to play for the Vikings. Huh? What kind of message is being sent. Kind of similar to President Obama saying to Syria not to cross the red line, yet, they do, and nothing happens. Pathetic.

All this just shows that fans and the NFL commissioner simply are willing to condone this behavior from players because ....because....potential loss of revenue and fans? This society is really sick. Obviously, these black players seem to think they can do what they want and get away with it

So far they have.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      I agree. If a really big sponser pulls their ads, things will change.

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      CJ Kelly 

      4 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Thought-provoking. I'm a big due process guy. I don't like to see citizens convicted in the media. And I go back and forth on this issue. And I was always wondering where the video from inside the elevator was. But the deciding factor for Goddell and the owners will be business: Rice, Peterson, Hardy and others are now hurting the bottom line. They will have to go if sponsors start leaving. I know Raddison has dropped the Vikes, but it will take a company like Ford, Microsoft or even Budweiser (whatever their parent company is) to make the bold move of dropping the NFL. However, I do want these guys to get fair trials/hearings, but it is a privilege to play in the NFL, not a right.


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