At this point almost everyone’s had their say when it comes to Ray Rice and the NFL’s domestic violence problem, Stewart included, but a lot has come to light since Rice’s indefinite suspension. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested for hitting his son with a switch; Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, in the middle of appealing a guilty charge for assaulting and threatening a woman, was benched for his actions; attorney Gloria Allred called out the NFL and Roger Goodell for not taking action against Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall regarding domestic violence allegations back in 2007 when he was on the Broncos; and just Wednesday Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for aggravated assault.
When it came to handing out punishments for the players, things get even more complicated. In the span of a few days, a player could start out on the bench, be reinstated, and then removed indefinitely, at least until the legal proceedings are over. There’s one overarching thread in all of this, Stewart points out, and it’s not necessarily one of a moral nature.
“How crazy is this?” Stewart asked. “A company that sells alcohol is the moral touchstone of the NFL.”