After the NFL, Minnesota Vikings announced they were going to let alleged, child-abuser, Adrian Peterson play in next Sunday’s game, the “Radisson Hotel” chain quickly suspended their sponsorship with the team in a loud display of protest.
“Radisson takes this matter very seriously, particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children.”
The giant, hotel chain isn’t the only sponsor voicing their disapproval of the way the NFL has handled its internal, domestic violence issues. Even Anheuser-Busch has criticized the way the NFL has been handling the controversy.
Other sponsors like Campbell’s Soup, VISA and Wheaties have also joined a growing list of major companies who do lots of business with the organization, and are outraged by the NFL’s lenient policies of players accused of domestic violence.
The resounding, disapproval has the NFL owners panicking, and so much that they quickly placed Peterson back on the suspension list after Radisson made their reprimanding, comments.
This proves only one thing – that corporate partnerships are more important, and hold more weight in the NFL than victims of domestic violence, the law or whatever the public thinks.
Money talks, right? And lots of money – hundreds of millions of dollars worth. Anheuser-Busch alone pays out over $50-million-per-year in sponsorship fees to the National Football League, and other sponsors pay millions more.
That’s a lot of greenbacks that the league would lose if they fail to satisfy their sponsors and change the way they police their players.
Money is always more powerful than morals in the business world, and obviously, in sports, child and spousal abuse is no exception.
One has to question why the Minnesota Vikings thought it would be okay for Peterson to return to the football field, especially after it was revealed that his son, allegedly, had welts, cuts and bruises on his body from an old-time, “switching” given to him by his father.
But that didn’t matter to the Vikings because losing a good running back, and lots of first down yardage is more important than setting a good example and benching an alleged, child-abuser.
Didn’t the Ray Rice scandal mean or teach anything to the Minnesota Vikings? Were they out to lunch when NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell was being ridiculed by the entire country for his lax handling of the Rice affair?
Obviously not, but they did jump to attention quickly when they saw lots of Radisson’s money flying out the window.
It’s sad how the color of money in professional sports overrules what’s right and what’s wrong in America when it comes to domestic abuse issues.
Now that Ray Rice is appealing his punishment by the NFL, the lawyers get to corrupt the moral factor even more.
In a statement, the association said, “An employee cannot be punished twice for the same action when all of the relevant facts were available to the employer at the time of the first punishment.”
So, lawyers for Rice will argue that Goodell’s indefinite suspension was illegal according to league rules and ask to have it thrown out.
Once again, money and sports takes center stage and justice takes a fall.
The National Football League needs to get its morality codes in order. Two or three-game suspensions for charges that would land a normal person in jail, needs to be amended.
Roger Goodell and his team owners need to remember that its players’ reputations and performances off the field are just as important as they are on the field.
And the NFL’s reputation, is a direct reflection of how they present themselves and respond to the concerns of the public.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.