September 16th, 2014
10:09 AM ET

Should Fans Stop Watching NFL Games?

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson will be back on the field this weekend, even as  the team begins to feel fallout over the controversy.

On “New Day” Tuesday, Steve Almond, a contributing writer to “The New York Times Magazine” and The Boston Globe, said the move shows the NFL has “a cash register where normal human beings have a conscience, so they’re going to do whatever they need to do to keep the product going.”

The author of  "Against Football – One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto," said that if fans are outraged, the onus is on them to “stop watching the game, stop paying their salaries.”

Meanwhile, former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL by midnight.

CNN commentator and legal analyst Mel Robbins said Rice deserves another chance, but the NFL should stick to its six-game suspension rule because it hits the players where it hurts.

“Clearly, these guys do not respect women. They don’t respect kids," she said.

"But they do respect being pulled off the field.”

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  1. dino

    used to be a hardcore fan,quit watching a bit ago after i found out that it is a league centered around fantasy football and uneducated fans,along with wife and child beaters

    September 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  2. Turned off viewer.

    When my TV is tuned in to a game, it earns advertising money for the NFL who in turn use it to shelter and harbor criminals who abuse minors, spouses, assaults both physical and sexual, and propagate an air of brutality among a lost list of other offenses. An organization like this has to be held to a higher standard for all the youth who aspire to be professional athletes. The point must be made clear that doing what Ray Rice did to his wife is unacceptable and indefensible. The man is a brute. What does it say to high school football players? I can knock out my girlfriend and the worst that will happen is I can't play for two games.

    It's sending the wrong message and our viewership pumps money into a system which harbors and protects these thugs. These thugs only carry on the cycle of brutality and aggression. I used to be a Ravens fan but no longer will I even channel surf across their game for a second.

    The short answer: no, I will not watch anymore games until the NFL takes a hard lined stance against protecting this type of behavior among its players and by hard-line I mean zero-tolerance. I believe in reasonable doubt but proof like the Rice video is indefensible. He should have been fire months ago and jailed for years.

    September 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  3. John Waldron

    Yes! Boycott the NFL.

    September 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  4. Former NFL Fan

    Long time fan here. My wife and I will no longer be watching the NFL. The NFL doesn't care about anything but money. Not that it's much different for any corporation but this corporation puts their own respect for women and children under their lust for money and wins. We can't, in good conscious, support this institution any longer. People that just turn a blind eye to the abuse and the profits off these abusers are disgusting people with zero value for humanity. This is supposed to be a game of football. FOOTBALL. Not a haven for child abusers, rapists, animal abusers and domestic abusers. If you value your own standards of life join the rest of us sick by this by removing support.

    September 16, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply

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