The National Football League has taken its fair share of criticism for descions involving its players,and rightfully so, but the NFL made a statement on Tuesday evening.
Abitrator Shyam Das ruled in favor of the NFL on Tuesday to keep star running back Adrian Peterson on the commisoner’s exempt list, effectively ending Peterson’s season and maybe his tenure in Minnesota. After a summer full of incedents from numerous players in the league, Roger Goodell had no choice but to suspend the Vikings running back. Is it the right decision however? The NFL is in a no-win situation here. If the punishment was not swift, public outcry would cite the same old same old from Goodell. Suspend Peterson the rest of the season, as the NFL did Tuesday, and onlookers believe it was done only to save face after stumbling through other discipline matters.
Is it enough? Was the punishment to harsh?
I believe the punishment had to be for the rest of the season, due in part to previous mistakes by the league, however the NFL has to establish and promote their new conduct policy. It is a slippery slope for the United State’s most popular league, but its a step in the right direction for a league that didnt have a direction a few months agao.