The Minnesota Vikings reversed their position on the status of Running Back Adrian Peterson, making him inactive and not being involved in the team’s on field activities until situation on his legal status on the child abuse has been resolved. After urging from the Governor of Minnesota, and some key advertisers of the team, the Viking original move to activate Peterson this week was changed to inactive status until his case is more defined by the courts. Peterson’s court date on the charges has been moved to October 8th. Radisson Hotels suspended its local sponsorship, Nike pulled Peterson merchandise, and Annheuser Busch also expressed concern with the Peterson status with the team. Governor Mark Dayton, citing Peterson as a public figure, said it was an embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the state of Minnesota. He did say he was entitled to due process but that he should not be allowed to be a part of the team until there is further resolving of the situation.
The NFL Players Union appearled the Ray Rice indefinite suspension Tuesday night. They will be dealing with Rice’s release and extended suspension by the NFL and Baltimore Ravens based on the “new evidence” of the released video on September 8th that showed Rice punching his wife, then his fiancee, now his wife, Janay Palmer. They want a neutral arbitrator to hear the case rather than one linked with Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL to make the ruling.
The Carolina Panthers still are weighing their options on Greg Hardy, their all-pro Defensive Lineman . The NFL is consdiering intervening n the case, either to advise the Panthers in the handling of it or to take action against Hardy as a league. After Being found guilty of assaulting and threatening his girlfriend by a District Judge, Hardy is awaiting a jury trial . Hardy was deactivated for the week 2 win against the Detroit Lions. Hardy is still practicing with the team , but the Panthers will make a decision later as to whether to let him play Sunday night against the Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.
And A Senator from the State of Washington , Maria Cantwell, announced she will introduce a bill to strip the League’s tax exempt status if they do not take action to change the Washington Redskins team name. In a News Conference that featured Native American, civil rights and religious leaders, Cantwell disclosed her plan. Prospects for the bill becoming law would be a tenuous to say the least.