The NFL hasn't been having a great time of it lately, PR-wise
(though its TV viewership numbers seem not to have suffered
): Now even non-fans know that Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was seen cold-cocking his fiancee
and Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson allegedly beat his kid
hard enough with a switch to raise welts.
As often happens when celebrities get negative publicity, we have heard opinions from several parties not intimate with these cases. Rightbloggers used the controversies to promote their pet cultural theories: For example, that it's really liberals, not football players, who beat up women, and that the NFL, which is liberal like all corporations, is being Rice-baited into paying off feminists and sissies who, like liberal sportswriters, just want to ruin America's Game for conservatives.