WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Football League is showing signs of getting off the sidelines in the brouhaha over domestic violence and taking up a new playbook.
The Arizona Cardinals suspended Jonathan Dwyer after his arrest on charges of head-butting and breaking the nose of a woman. The Baltimore Ravens invited fans to trade in jerseys of former star player Ray Rice, who has been indefinitely suspended for punching out his wife.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In launching a bid to overturn his indefinite suspension from the National Football League, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice may be hoping for the same type of second chance that other tarnished NFL stars like Michael Vick have received.
With the backing of the NFL Players Association, Rice on Tuesday filed an appeal of his suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell for knocking out his then-fiance and now wife in an elevator of a New Jersey casino.
(Reuters) – The Carolina Panthers on Wednesday placed Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy on the National Football League’s exempt list, meaning he will not play until his domestic violence case is settled.
Hardy was convicted in July of domestic violence, but has appealed the verdict, which entitles him to a jury trial under North Carolina law. The date for his trial is Nov. 17.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ray Rice on Tuesday appealed his indefinite suspension by the National Football League for a one-punch knockout of his wife as the former Baltimore Ravens running back tries to resuscitate his once-flourishing career.
Meanwhile, the NFL continues to grapple with domestic violence issues as some of its top players, including Adrian Peterson, are under scrutiny both by the league and the public.
Sept 16 (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the
National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic
violence cases, making the NFL’s official beer sponsor the first
major advertiser to put pressure on America’s most popular
In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch,
the maker of Budweiser and NFL official beer Bud Light, said it
was “disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent
incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season.
By Steve Ginsburg and Anjali Athavaley
(Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic violence cases, making the NFL’s official beer sponsor the first major advertiser to put pressure on America’s most popular sports league.
In a brief but strongly worded statement, Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and Bud Light, said it was “disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season.
(Reuters) – The Minnesota Vikings should sideline running back Adrian Peterson until his child abuse case works its way through the courts, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Tuesday, criticizing the team’s decision to reactivate the NFL player.
Peterson is accused of punishing his 4-year-old son in Texas last May by beating him with a tree branch, known as a switch. The incident is one of a series of domestic abuse cases that has rocked the National Football League.
(Reuters) – The circumstances surrounding a fatal dirt-track accident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be heard by a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday.
Stewart, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward during a non-NASCAR sprint car race on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
(Reuters) – Adrian Peterson, a marquee National Football League running back facing charges of child abuse for injuries he caused when disciplining his son, was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.
Peterson was held out of the Vikings’ game on Sunday, a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots, following his indictment last week in Texas for negligent injury to his 4-year-old son, the latest domestic violence case to rock the NFL.
(Reuters) – Adrian Peterson, one of the National Football League’s top running backs, was reinstated on Monday by the Minnesota Vikings despite his indictment for negligent injury to a child.
“To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child,” Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a statement. “At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action.”