For someone in the NFL to get noticed by the White House, they either need to do something really good or something really bad. It’s the latter for the league office Friday, with the White House issuing a stern edict over the recent domestic violence problems surrounding football.
Specifically, a White House official said, via our colleagues at CBS News, the league needs to get a handle on its issues with domestic violence.
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Outcry followed and more outcry followed that, with the Ravens releasing Rice and the NFL suspending the running back indefinitely. (The suspension is on appeal.)
Attention was then turned toward Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, now on the commissioner’s exempt list, going through the legal process in a domestic violence incident of his own. (A judge found him guilty Alex Killorn Jersey during a bench trial; Hardy appealed the ruling and awaits a jury trial.)
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Meanwhile, just five days after the Rice video was released, superstar running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges and turned himself into authorities. He’s also on the commish exempt list until his legal issues are cleared up. The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Week 2 but reinstated him after losing badly to the Patriots before flip flopping again when the public was outraged.
It’s a questionable call against a Jaguars defense that is typically good at defending the edges and swallowed up toss plays for most of the game Sunday.
On both plays, the Steelers needed just one yard but opted against a run up the middle by Bell or Roethlisberger. It’s possible that Roethlisberger audibled away from a quarterback sneak on one or both plays, but whoever made the call not to bulldoze ahead with the 6’5 quarterback will have some explaining to do.
Inspired, Philly’s D forced a three-and-out, the Foles led the Eagles on a 12-play, 75-yard masterpiece of a drive. LeGarrette Blount showed all his power and escapability on an 11-yard surge up the middle for a 14-7 lead.