The Switcheroo

During the middle of the night, the Minnesota Vikings (with some urging from the NFL) ran a reverse on their decision regarding Adrian Peterson. The star running back indicted for child abuse went from starting Sunday’s game to being barred from all team activities indefinitely.

+ It’s hard to avoid seeing a connection between the new decision and the pressure being applied by big NFL sponsors like Anheuser-Busch. Beer makers are lecturing the NFL about its connections to abuse. Think about that for a second. (Before sponsors applied pressure, the Vikings were going to punish Adrian Peterson by having him run three Hail Marys.)

+ Once again, the outrage is being driven by visual evidence. But do we really feel OK about leaking photos of a kid?

+ Grantland on the NFL’s dark, intractable history of domestic violence.

+ Jeb Lund: Adrian Peterson and what our fathers did to us: we have not turned out fine.

+ And an important, related piece from NPR: How smartphones are used to stalk, control domestic abuse victims.

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