Radio Free Montone: National Felons League?

By John Montone, 1010 WINS

Might that shield the NFL is so proud and protective of some day stand for the National Felons League?

Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots has been charged with murder. Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens threw a haymaker at his future wife in an elevator then dragged her out unconscious. Police say Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer beat up his girlfriend and their baby.

Maybe instead of announcing a player’s college during pre-game introductions, the P.A. announcer should instead state the offense he has been accused, charged or convicted of.  Ben Roethlisberger….sexual assault.  Greg Hardy, domestic violence.

The league may have to start putting players on “indicted reserve.”

In the NFL money trumps morality the way the Sea Hawks trounced the Broncos last February at Met Life.  The hundreds of millions of dollars at stake just may have caused the ethically-challenged owner of the Minnesota Vikings, Zygy Wilf, to do a zig-zag on his super star running back Adrian Peterson, reinstating the child beater, then after careful consideration of fairness and due process of law, benching him.  The subsequent action was surely unrelated to grumblings coming from Anheuser Busch about how, “disappointed and concerned,” the company had become over the NFL’s handling of its criminal element.  Losing Peterson would hurt, but losing the league’s beer money…now that’s a game changer.

Meanwhile, Peterson issued an apology for any harm he may have caused his 4-year-old son when he stuffed leaves in his mouth and whipped him with a tree branch leaving scars on the little boy’s legs and genitals.  Peterson said one thing he is not is a child abuser.  Really?  Well, know this about Adrian Peterson.  Even in a league of all-world physical specimens, Peterson’s power is legendary.  Not only do his steel-piston legs allow him to run over chiseled 250-pound defenders, sending them sprawling to the turf, but his grip is said to be so powerful that other players avoid shaking his hand.  This man, this monster whipped his four year old son bloody.

Three New York players spoke out about these acts of violence with Eli Manning lamenting that, “you hate to see a child being hurt,” and urging players to go home and hug their children.  And Victor Cruz said yes, NFL players are role models and they have to understand that.  But the Jets Chris Johnson came to Peterson’s defense.  Johnson said he was also raised on “…the belt…the extension cord…the switch,” and he was sure Peterson had good intentions and was trying to teach his son a lesson, “…right from wrong.”

That is a lesson Adrian Peterson has not learned despite all the boyhood “whoopins” he claims he received.

Hernandez, Hardy, Roethlisberger, Rice, Peterson, Dwyer and how many others before the NFL becomes the National Felons League?

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