The Minnesota Vikings have reinstated Adrian Peterson, who was indicted for child abuse last Friday, and is expected to play this Sunday against the Saints.
“Could you explain to me how it was that Chris Kluwe was a distraction to the Vikings?” former Oakland Raiders executive and current That Other Pregame Show host Amy Trask said on The MoJo Show. “I am utterly perplexed by that.”
It is also perplexing that Ray Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL once video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee. It stands to reason, then, that the same would happen to Peterson, as there is photo evidence of the beating and Peterson does not deny that the incident occurred.
Chris Moore and Brian Jones are just curious: Where is the NFLPA on this? Where is the NFL? Why haven’t the two come up with a punishment – together – for players who commit such actions?
“You raise an excellent, excellent, excellent point about the relationship between the NFLPA and the NFL,” Trask said. “I won’t call it an unholy alliance – because I don’t think religion has anything to do with it – but let’s call it an uneasy alliance. Or in fact, at this moment in time, not an alliance at all.
“I can’t help but believe that (if) Gene Upshaw (were) still in charge of the Players Association (that the) relationship between the league and the PA (would be much different),” Trask continued. “I know people will quickly say, ‘Amy is articulating that because Gene was a Raider and Amy was a Raider,’ but this goes beyond being a Raider. Gene Upshaw was a leader and a (guy who) stood up for what was was right and wrong.
“When important issues like this arose, (the NFLPA and the NFL) worked together – and that’s missing right now. There’s no relationship between the PA and the NFL.”
It’s important to remember that the vast majority of NFL players – as far as we know – are more or less good guys. Why haven’t any players come out and reminded the public of that?
“One case of child abuse is one case too many; one case of domestic violence is one case too many,” Trask said. “But you are right. It is not representative of the players as a whole, and you certainly don’t want to smear thousands of very good men with the actions of a few. But you’re right. Where are the leaders within the league to stand up and say, ‘Hey, this doesn’t represent us, and we don’t like it either’? I have a feeling that we will start hearing that soon.”
Still, isn’t it archaic to have one man – Roger Goodell – in charge of discipline? It doesn’t matter how many people Goodell consults with; shouldn’t there be a committee deciding punishments?
“I think more than the issue of who should do what in terms of discipline, we should look at the what,” Trask said. “I would make a strong argument that consistency is important. Whether it’s Roger Goodell who’s applying the discipline, or (a team) assembled by Roger, or a team assembled by Roger and the Players Association, there rally needs to be consistency at the team level.”
There also need to be fewer franchises hiding behind due process.
“Due process is a constitutional and governmental standard,” she said. “These are private businesses. (They) can sit a player, deactivate a player, pay that player but not suit him up. And yet, we see such disparity between and among the way teams are treating this situation. It really is situational ethics.”