I realize money makes the world go ’round, but should it also be a moral compass?
Adrian Peterson was set to play in Sunday’s game before Radisson Hotels and Anheuser-Busch stepped in. The question is, why does it have to go to those lengths?
Commissioner Roger Goodell had the chance to take a stand against criminal activity that has permeated the NFL by “protecting the shield.” However, Goodell was absent for over a week, leaving himself and his $44 million salary a national punching bag.
The reason why Peterson, Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and arguably the worst man of all in Jonathan Dwyer are now being talked about is because of social networking and the ability of anyone to turn into a reporter with the flick of an iPhone.
Just because it is being unearthed in 2014 doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening in 1982. It just means that it’s more public.
The NFL may think it doesn’t owe anyone anything for these problems. They may claim that these are simply the sins of society and these things that are not emblematic of the shield as a whole.
But when an organization is worth more than $9 billion and takes holidays hostage each year, you better believe that the NFL owes everyone something. This is a sport that gets watched during birthday parties, anniversaries, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas gift-opening and New Year’s blowouts.
It has appeared to be schedule-proof — judging by the egotistical Thursday night offering, despite the fact that the majority of those games are flat-out awful.
Yet, people still come to the stadium and people still plant themselves in front of a TV when their team comes on.
And after all that, the NFL didn’t have the courage to stand up and demand better. They failed to have the same expectations that the majority of its fans not only expect, but also live with on a daily basis.
And just when you couldn’t stand any more of this, the voice of reason is none other than capitalism. Yes, money spoke loud and proud and forced the Vikings to think twice about its punishment for Peterson.
So after sponsors did what the NFL was unable or unwilling to do, the NFL is left to clean up the mess. Goodell backpedaled more than a quarterback who is about to get sacked during his press conference on Friday.
He should send a huge thank-you to his sponsors — you know, the ones that also pay his bloated salary. Without those level-headed people, the NFL would still be trying to identify and execute a punishment for guys that have been entitled their entire life.
It sure is a good thing that future NFL player Jameis Winston makes excellent decisions which will impact future generations.
The NFL needs to get tough. Start kicking people out of the league. If you cannot handle yourself within the norms of society by treating women and children with respect, then you don’t deserve to put on NFL pads.
All week long I’ve heard arguments about how it’s hard for NFL players to psychologically turn off their adrenaline when they come off the field. That is such a weak excuse because legions of people have played football and never allowed domestic violence to even enter their mind.
A few of the NFL’s warts have now been exposed. Instead of relying on sponsors to handle the dirty work, it’s about time for Goodell and his minions to earn their money.
The NFL can get rid of the problems or become the problem. It’s your choice Goodell.——————
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn