SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– In just a five day period, the NFL has had three players– Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice, Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy, and San Francisco 49s’ Ray McDonald– linked to cases of domestic abuse and reports of the former MVP Adrian Peterson abusing his son with a tree branch have surfaced.
“There is a little frustration, I mean I have children myself and when they sit down with me and they watch football and they hear what’s going on it kind of gives them the wrong idea of the right position they should have in life,” Mark Degray, from Agawam, told 22News.
Accusations that the NFL’s commissioner Roger Goodell mishandled how those players got punished was visible during Sunday’s traditionally celebratory day of game watching.
Banners, paid for by the women’s rights group Ultraviolet, demanding Goodell’s resignation, could be seen flying over several NFL stadiums Sunday.
While many people in Springfield told 22News they are disappointed with the players that are stirring up these controversies, the numbers show that it’s not causing them to stop watching. 20 million viewers turned on Thursday night’s game as the Ravens took on the Steelers.
Some people told 22News the domestic abuse cases coming to light in the NFL are no different than what’s happening in many people’s homes everyday, and regardless how the NFL punishes the players, they hope this will raise awareness about the issue.
Frank Robinson, who works in Springfield, told 22News, “I think if we have folks starting to boycott organizations that had employees that in the street that have domestic violence in their background, that might make a difference.”
All four players in question sat out Sunday’s games.