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Jonathan Dwyer Joins NFLers Facing Assault Charges

The Arizona Cardinals' running back faces multiple assault charges

(Newser) - The hit list keeps growing, and unfortunately, that is meant literally. In the first few weeks of the NFL season, a slew of domestic violence and child abuse allegations have come to light involving star football players, including a graphic video of Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) appearing to punch unconscious... More »

Peterson Texted About Another Son's 'Whooping'

No charges after allegations NFL star injured his 4-year-old in 2013

(Newser) - Adrian Peterson was accused of beating and injuring another of his sons to discipline him last June, but the football star was never charged in the alleged incident, according to reports. KHOU has obtained text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother—a different woman from the mother involved... More »

Rihanna Has Some Words for CBS, NFL

And they're not exactly happy ones

(Newser) - Last week, CBS dumped a Rihanna song from the first of its Thursday night NFL broadcasts, partially thanks to the Ray Rice situation and Rihanna's own connection to domestic violence at the hands of Chris Brown. Now, apparently, the network wants to include the song in this week's... More »

Peterson to Play Sunday Despite Abuse Charges

Vikings running back is reinstated by Vikings, says he's 'not a perfect parent'

(Newser) - The NFL has been rocked by domestic violence allegations, most notably in the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, but Peterson will play Sunday against the Saints after being reinstated by the Vikings today, the AP reports. As debate rages on about what punishment should be doled out to the... More »

Ray Rice to Appeal His Suspension: Sources

NFL players' union will handle appeal, sources say

(Newser) - Ray Rice has until the end of the day tomorrow to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, and the former Baltimore Ravens player is expected to do just that, sources tell ESPN . The NFL players' union, which will reportedly handle the appeal along with Rice's own lawyer, is... More »

Panthers Abruptly Bench Star in Domestic Violence Case

Greg Hardy deactivated this morning, was convicted in July

(Newser) - Greg Hardy is the Carolina Panthers' franchise player, a Pro Bowl defensive end who will make $13.1 million this season. He will also sit out today's home opener after the Panthers abruptly reversed course and deactivated him this morning, reports ESPN . The reason? Hardy was convicted in July... More »

NFL Star Adrian Peterson Accused of Child Abuse

Vikings player indicted for 'injury to a child'; he calls it a spanking

(Newser) - More trouble for the NFL. Star running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted on child abuse charges involving his 4-year-old son, reports MyFox Houston . In a statement, the player's attorney says the incident involves Peterson "using a switch to spank his son" and says... More »

30% of Former NFL Players Face Dementia

Estimate comes as league works out settlement with players

(Newser) - About 19,000 former NFL players are still alive, and nearly 6,000 of them can expect to develop Alzheimer's or dementia, according to league estimates. Those figures, released as part of negotiations with players over concussion lawsuits , mean that retired players would be stricken at higher rates than... More »

NFL Wives' Club: Stay Quiet, Support the Team

Wife of former player explains the pressure Janay Rice surely has been under

(Newser) - People need to stop telling Janay Rice what she should or shouldn't do and show more compassion instead, says the wife of a former NFL player in Mother Jones . Tracy Treu— whose husband, Adam, played 10 seasons—argues that most people can't understand the "incredible pressure" Janay... More »

NFL Show Ditches Rihanna Song Over Ray Rice Case

CBS tones down its pregame coverage

(Newser) - CBS begins its Thursday night NFL broadcasts tonight, but the Ray Rice case has caused some last-minute alterations. The changes include eliminating a pregame segment with the song "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna. The singer's own h istory of violence involving Chris Brown was one of several factors... More »

Ex-FBI Chief to Investigate Handling of Ray Rice Case

Independent inquiry to be overseen by 2 NFL owners

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will conduct an "independent" inquiry into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case , the league has announced. The move comes after a source said the NFL had the tape of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee five months before it expelled him from... More »

NFL Was Sent Ray Rice Video Months Ago: AP

Police source says he sent it to an unnamed executive

(Newser) - If Roger Goodell's job as NFL commissioner was on thin ice in the wake of the Ray Rice case, that ice just got even thinner: A law enforcement source tells the AP that he sent a video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months... More »

Goodell: Rice Video 'Extremely Graphic, Sickening'

Commish says NFL was 'never granted opportunity' to see clip

(Newser) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is coming under increasing fire for his actions—or, as some are saying, inaction—surrounding the Ray Rice domestic-violence controversy after a second video of Rice emerged Monday, this one actually showing the alleged assault on his then-fiancee Janay Palmer (now his wife). Goodell told Norah... More »

Save the NFL: Hire Condi Rice to Run It

The league she loves needs her more than ever, writes Jonathan Capehart

(Newser) - The NFL is a mess, with its reputation in the tank and its players unable to stay off the police blotter. Commissioner Roger Goodell bears a good deal of the responsibility, thanks to his inept leadership in recent years, writes Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post . The awful Ray Rice... More »

Janay Rice Defends Ray: 'This Is Our Life'

Running back's wife slams media, public for making them relive horrible moment

(Newser) - A day after the Baltimore Ravens gave Ray Rice the boot , Janay Rice is defending her husband and lashing out at the media, the Baltimore Sun reports. "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest... More »

Why the Ray Rice Video Forced the NFL to Act

Obama weighs in on domestic abuse

(Newser) - At first, it was a two-game punishment. But when video emerged of Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator, it took just 10 hours and 18 minutes for a harsher penalty to take effect: The Baltimore Ravens running back lost his job . That will result in a multimillion-dollar loss... More »

Ravens Release Ray Rice

That video of him slugging then-fiancee did not go over well

(Newser) - Hours after video surfaced of Ray Rice punching then-fiancee and current wife Janay Palmer in a casino elevator, the Baltimore Ravens have released the controversial running back, reports the Baltimore Sun . The terminated contract represents a stunning turn of events for Rice, who was suspended by the NFL for just... More »

Fans Freak at ESPN Fantasy Football Outage

Network apologizes for glitch during highly trafficked Week 1 game

(Newser) - Last night's game between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts was anything but an ESPN fantasy: Rather, it turned into a social media nightmare after the network's fantasy football website and app went down—somewhat inconveniently during what USA Today Sports says was the "most trafficked fantasy... More »

Bengals Help Player Afford Kid's Cancer Treatment

Team cuts Devon Still, re-signs him to practice squad

(Newser) - After missing training activities with the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason, Devon Still says he understands the team's decision to cut him from the squad last week. But in what Fox Sports calls "arguably their greatest move of the season," the team has re-signed the defensive tackle... More »

Hilarious Glitch: Linebacker Shrinks to 1'2" in Madden 15

Glitch in video game makes Christian Kirksey quite tiny

(Newser) - The Tennessee Titans have a secret weapon this season: a 1-foot, 2-inch linebacker. At least, that's what players of the just-released Madden NFL 15 video game have found in an apparent glitch, which features the diminutive athlete dodging in between the legs of his relatively gigantic opponents. The identity... More »

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