The Washington Post has spilled a considerable amount of ink recently in covering the NFL. In Sally Jenkins's latest column, she argues, "the NFL is becoming more disturbing than appealing, and TV viewers are tuning out." In another, Kent Babb and Steven Rich write about the NFL's "quietly escalating" problem with fan violence, which often leads to severe injuries and assault charges. In a third, Jenkins tackles NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for suspending New York Giants kicker Josh Brown just one game following a domestic violence charge. Tom Brady, on the other hand, got a four-game suspension "over the amount of air in a football."
Linda Carroll with NBC posits the theory that concussion-related brain injuries could be fueling the legal problems currently plaguing the NFL ("Could Brain Injuries Be Behind the NFL Rap Sheet?") Texas authorities have accused star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson of hitting his child with a switch made of a stripped tree branch. Peterson faces charges for child abuse. The Vikings played the off-again, on-again, off-again game with Peterson, but seems to have settled on suspending Peterson for the time being.