TEXAS – On Friday September 12th, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of child abuse. The grand jury used evidence from the original hearings which concluded back in August. He was deactivated for this past Sundays game against the New England Patriots but has since been reinstated by the teams General Manager Rick Spielman. In a press conference Monday Spielman defended the decision by arguing that all players have the right to due process and that they are innocent until proven guilty.
Adrian Peterson’s Mugshot
The Carolina Panthers deactivated Greg Hardy this weekend after he had formally been charged with domestic abuse this past week. The move came after a disturbing 911 tape of Hardy’s girlfriend was released and the owner of the team Jerry Richardson had to speak out about it.
The San Francisco 49ers were also in hot water this week when there defensive tackle Ray Mcdonald was charged with domestic abuse. After being bailed out of jail there was uncertaity if he would play. However Jed York CEO of the 49ers put the rumors to bed when he went on KNBR radio in San Francisco and confirmed Mcdonald would play and the team was promising to honor his contract until due process of the law had been fulfilled.
Jed York Audio on Ray Mcdonald
Ray Rice’s lawyers have also put in papers for an official appeal of his contracts termination and his indefinite suspension. Amongst all this bad publicity an investigation headed by former FBI chief Robert Mueller has been launched by the league and is being overseen by the owner of the Giants John Mara and owner of the Steelers Art Rooney II. Through all this the league still garnered the largest audience CBS has had on a Thursday night since 2006. Sunday and Monday night football garnered viewership’s north of 15 million each, making them the most viewed TV show’s in America. As all these arressts and legal actions became public knowledge this week the fans reacted in very different ways, with some blindly supporting there favorite players, to others admonishing the league for its seemingly laissez-faire policies.