How The NFL Exploited A Child Abuser To Restore Its Brand

1. When talking or writing about the NFL's handling of the Adrian Peterson case, it's difficult to separate discussion of the vicious cruelty of Peterson's actions from the fairness of the NFL's adjudicatory process. You can wholeheartedly believe Peterson belongs in jail, or in hell, and believe at the same time… » 11/18/14 2:44pm 11/18/14 2:44pm

Reports: NFLPA Demands Peterson Reinstatement; Vikings Execs Divided

Despite reaching a plea deal in his child abuse case earlier this week, the NFL has not yet reinstated Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. On Friday, the NFLPA reportedly sent a letter to the league demanding that Peterson be reinstated on the basis that the league reneged on the deal that was originally promised to… » 11/09/14 11:26am 11/09/14 11:26am

Goodell: Look At All The Talking I'm Doing About Domestic Violence

After the Ray Rice debacle, Roger Goodell talked a lot about making the NFL a leader on the issue of domestic violence. And, like any good corporate leader, what better way to show your leadering than by issuing weekly update memos? In three weeks, Goodell has issued three memos, enough to provide in-depth analysis… » 10/03/14 2:17pm 10/03/14 2:17pm

Peter King Thinks He Thinks You Think Goodell Is Doing A Good Job, Maybe

There's an NBC News/Marist poll going around—maybe you've seen it—in which 606 adults answered questions about the NFL's and Roger Goodell's handling of its various domestic violence scandals. One of the questions asks whether respondents think Roger Goodell should resign; 29 percent of them say yes, 43 percent say… » 9/22/14 11:35am 9/22/14 11:35am

NFL Fans Prove They're Exactly As Stupid As The NFL Thinks They Are

On Monday, ESPN's SportsNation published a poll about the Vikings' reactivation of Adrian Peterson, the sort of reflexive, wallpaperish question more designed to eat up 20 or 30 seconds of the 11 a.m. SportsCenter than to gauge any actual public sentiment. A few days later it published another, asking a question… » 9/19/14 10:10am 9/19/14 10:10am

NFL Issues Press Release Through USA Today On How Hard It's Working

The NFL wants you to know it's working hard on the issue of domestic violence. It hasn't actually changed anything since the video of Ray Rice slugging his wife was released. But why should that get in the way of a good press release, also known as an exclusive interview, as Tim Marchman explained yesterday. » 9/18/14 4:33pm 9/18/14 4:33pm

Jon Stewart Murders NFL On Air; Goodell Asks Mueller To Investigate

Jon Stewart probably thought he was done with the NFL for a little while when he took them on a week ago, but here we are. The Minnesota Vikings suspending, then unsuspending, then suspending Adrian Peterson again caught The Daily Show's attention, and Stewart spent part of Wednesday night's show disembowling… » 9/18/14 12:37am 9/18/14 12:37am