While television ratings for the NFL have been promising to kick off the season, the league has been under fire for its leniency toward players who have committed acts of violence off the field. Jon Stewart blasted the league on Wednesday night’s The Daily Show.
While Ray Rice’s suspension from the league after a video leaked of him assaulting his then-fiancée has taken most of the recent press, Stewart focused on Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The NFL and Peterson’s team flipped their decision on how to handle the situation several times this past week after a warrant had been put out for Peterson’s arrest for allegedly beating his son with a tree branch.
Stewart not only mocked how the NFL has addressed the issue, including the institution of its own “special victims unit,” but also how one of its sponsors, Anheuser Busch, became “the moral touchstone” for the NFL. Ultimately, Stewart connects the league’s current woes to its previous major story: the drafting of the NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam. Perhaps, Stewart suggests, the marketing team could take a cue from Sam’s time in the spotlight to recover from the recent round of troubling revelations.