- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
For some, the Adrian Peterson controversy comes down to personal feelings about what is acceptable when disciplining your child.
Peterson, the Vikings star running back who was indicted for causing injuries to his 4-year-old son, faced physical punishment when he was growing up, and his mother didn't hide that fact. Peterson's mother Bonita Jackson, speaking to the Houston Chronicleon Wednesday, said her son was "trying hard to be a good parent" and stuck up for Peterson. The Chronicle story said Jackson said she " used her hand, switches and belts to occasionally spank all of her six children in order to correct their behavior ."
"I don't care what anybody says. Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes," Jackson, who lives in the Houston suburb of Spring, told the Chronicle. "But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world.
"When you whip those you love, it's not about abuse, but love. You want to make them understand that they did wrong."
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
A few days after Michael Brown was shot by a member of the Ferguson (Mo.) Police Department, a minister strolled up to a group of young men standing on the street curb amid the protests and riots. Moments before, a police car drove by the group of men, and several made a lewd gesture and cursed at the officers. The pastor didn’t want to reprimand, but simply listen.
They felt powerless and he heard it in their voices. He spoke with them, offered to pray with them and let them know they could always reach out to him. His church was located in Ferguson, just minutes away from where they stood. They smiled and he walked away.
If the young men knew they were just talking to a Pro Football Hall of Famer, they never let on.
Aeneas Williams feels like his post-NFL path led him to helping in Ferguson when it was needed most.
Ordained by his church early in his NFL career while he played for the Arizona Cardinals, Williams is founder and pastor of The Spirit Church which meets at McCluer South-Berkeley High School in Ferguson. He teams with his wife Tracy in a ministry that reaches into the inner-city of Ferguson, which is about 10 miles from where the former NFL cornerback lives.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Because Ray Rice punched his wife unconcious in an elevator and Adrian Peterson admittedly "whooped" his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, NFL personnel now face questions from the media in an effort to advance the story, as if players are leading experts on these matters.
Given this scenario, some players are bound to say something stupid — frankly, it's surprising it doesn't happen more often — and Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush fell into that trap Tuesday.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
After 10 days in which the NFL has been forced to come to terms with the specter of domestic violence among some high-profile players, Arizona running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on allegations of two incidents of aggravated assault that occurred over the summer. The Cardinals have deactivated Dwyer from all team activities.
Tyler Baldwin of Arizona's 3TV first offered this news:
The Phoenix Police Department indicatedthat the incidents involving Dwyer's wife and 18-month-old child took place over the summer on July 21 and 22. Dwyer's wife left the state of Arizona shortly afterward and took their child with her. According to Phoenix police, Dwyer admitted to the incidents but denied any assault took place.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Lost in the dark clouds of Ray Rice's videotaped domestic violence and Adrian Peterson's alleged child abuse hanging over the NFL for the first two weeks of the season is the damage players are inflicting on each other every Sunday, and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is the latest victim — again.
Burfict suffered his second concussion in as many weeks, acording to the Bengals' official website.
The 2013 Pro Bowl selection left Sunday's 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons when a teammate's knee collided with his helmet. The injury was originally described as "a stinger," but concussion symptoms led to a second such diagnosis, preventing Burfict from practicing on Wednesday.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Before Wednesday, it would have been hard to find many people who knew the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list existed. Now, two of the league's best players are on it.
The Minnesota Vikings used the little-known list to deactivate running back Adrian Peterson while his legal case is resolved, and on Wednesday afternoon the Carolina Panthers did the same with Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy. He was placed on the exempt list and like Peterson, will receive his full salary.
The Panthers played Hardy, who was found guilty by a judge in a domestic violence case in July and has appealed, in Week 1. The franchise has had a complete change of heart since then. They deactivated him just before Sunday's Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions, and now have told him that he won't be playing until his legal situation is settled.
The jury trial is set for Nov. 17. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expects Hardy to return in November.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Did a second week of NFL football help clear anything up?
Almost everything we came out of Week thinking — other than, "Whoa, the Buffalo Bills are unbeaten ..." — has been undone.
That leads us to believe that one of the two weeks (and, heck, maybe both) were out of whack. With that in mind, we kinda sorta reverted back to a solid mix of our preseason biases colored by what we have seen so far.
The Super Bowl champs are 1-1, and runners-up are 2-0, but perhaps not an overly impressive 2-0. Oh, and they play each other this week. The other two teams in the conference championship games — the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers — also are a Jekyll-and-Hyde 1-1 apiece.
Two teams in the NFC North will be 1-2 after this week, but that's a division without much clarity. And is anyone really that enamored with its sister division, the AFC North?
There's a lot to sort out between now and January, but this is how we see things lining up as things stand now.
Now, onto your (likely) questions:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
A bettor in the Delaware Sports Lottery was less than one half of football away from winning $100,000 on a $5 bet, but the Indianapolis Coltscouldn't hold up their end of the deal.
The money was lost on this play:
The Colts, as you may recall, had a two-touchdown second-half lead on the Philadelphia Eagles but couldn't hold on, eventually losing 30-27. Tough news for their fans, even tougher news for the unnamed bettor.
See, he'd participated in Delaware's 15-team parlay, in which he bet on 15 different teams against the spread. And he'd won the previous 14, meaning all he needed to do was have Indianapolis win by a field goal or more. Alas.
"Honestly, we were rooting for the guy, starting with Sunday night's game," Delaware Lottery director Vernon Kirk told ESPN. "It was agonizing to watch when you knew one player was so close to such a big payout."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
To be fair, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman can't know exactly what Adrian Peterson's long-term future with the team is, because the team is waiting for his legal case to be resolved. He doesn't know what that resolution will be, and one would assume the result could affect the team's next action.
But the way Spielman did answer the question of whether Peterson will play with the Vikings again is worth noting.
"Our focus right now, today, is to get this right, OK?" Spielman said. "We admitted making a mistake and we want to get this right."
There was no unwavering commitment to bring Peterson back once his case for injuring his 4-year-old son is resolved. Spielman told ESPN last weekend, after Peterson was deactivated for a Week 2 game, that "all options are on the table"
- Danielle Elliot at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
Roger Goodell attempted to atone for his latest mistakes on Monday morning. Facing calls for him to be fired over the gross mishandling of Ray Rice's attack on his then-fiancé, now-wife Janay Rice, the NFL commissioner announced in a letter to teams and staff members that four women will shape the league's new domestic violence and sexual assault policy. The group consists of a current NFL vice president and three new advisers who have decades of experience in the field.
Some criticized the move as a public relations stunt, a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. The NFL intended it to be a step in the right direction, an acknowledgment that the league needs to do a better job of addressing these issues and supporting survivors.
Instead, by selecting four white women to shape a policy for a league in which more than two-thirds of players are African-American men, Goodell has created the latest controversy.