Jon Stewart blasted the NFL for its stance on domestic violence Wednesday night during The Daily Show. The ten minute monologue from the news-based comedian goes down the list of controversies the NFL has had to deal with in the past few months.
The Ray Rice issues were the first to be referenced. According to many news sources, including The Inquisitr, the NFL had issues deciding what to do with the former Ravens running back. The NFL suspended him for a couple of days, at first.
When an extended video showing his brutality against his wife found its way online, the NFL was forced to take a firmer stance. Rice is now suspended indefinitely.
Stewart went on to talk about the issue of Panthers defensive end, Greg Hardy.
Hardy was convicted of domestic violence in July. The comedian joked about the lack of suspension for Hardy followed by a one-game benching.
Greg Hardy is now on paid leave from the NFL while he appeals his conviction.
The obvious flip-flopping of the aforementioned decisions lead John Stewart to proclaim, “It’s the kind of firm decision-making we’ve come to expect from people who don’t know what the f**k they’re doing.”
Stewart further illustrated his point on the NFL’s flip-flopping by bringing up the Adrian Peterson incident. He was accused of hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch. The NFL initially suspended Peterson for one game, then almost immediately went on to reverse the decision to reinstate him.
The decision to reinstate Peterson was reversed by the NFL because their sponsor, Anheuser-Busch, sent them a letter chastising them.
Jon Stewart referenced the letter by stating, “How crazy is this? A company that sells alcohol is the moral touchstone of the NFL.”
Anheuser-Busch isn’t the only sponsor affected by NFL’s image problems. Cover Girl was recently brought into it when their “get your game face on” campaign photo was altered to show a woman with a black eye.
Undoubtedly, the NFL has had a lot to deal with in regards to their players recently
Earlier on Wednesday, Jonathan Dwyer, running back for the Cardinals, was arrested on a domestic violence charge; further marring the NFL’s image.
According to the Arizona Republic, Dwyer is facing five charges from two separate altercations in July. The victims involved were a 27-year-old female and an 18-month-old child.
In an attempt to address their image issues, the NFL has hired a group of women to head up a team dedicated to changing the way the league deals with domestic and sexual abuse.
Jon Stewart responded to that attempt by adding, “You know your business model is in rough shape, when you need to appoint your own in house Special Victims Unit.”
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