Adrian Peterson Ruling Masks the Bigger Issue

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The NFL’s ruling on Adrian Peterson being suspended for at least a year came down Tuesday morning. Before the sports audience applauds this decision, let’s understand that the NFL is only reacting to the barrage of discipline issues, and can never be described as “proactive.” The Peterson case was particularly disturbing, but you didn’t come to this blog to read about abuse of children. The sports issue was always about the NFL’s reluctance to put justice ahead of profit. The league is enjoying all-time high audience numbers, but that does not mean that the league doesn’t take a major hit here.

It also proves once again that baseball is held to a higher standard. When Congress convened to discuss the steroid crisis, the sport was under much more scrutiny than this recent NFL controversy.

For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I’ve covered 4 NFL teams in the last 20 years. The Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, & New York Giants. Some of my greatest career memories are of football, so understand that my dissatisfaction with the league doesn’t mean I don’t like football. I actually love it.

It would be wonderful if Adrian Peterson gets the necessary counseling. I have no opinion as to whether or not I care if he ever puts on a uniform again. I wouldn’t oppose it, much like Michael Vick’s reemergence was legal and appropriate. I just don’t have to like it. I’d rather have a sport that has less viewers but higher standards.