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Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

September 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

NFL bad behavior, from Adrian Peterson to Roger Goodell: Times readers sound off

Roger Goodell leadership over the NFL is being questioned by Seattle Times readers.  Photo by Jin Lee / The Associated Press, 2013

Roger Goodell leadership over the NFL is being questioned by Seattle Times readers.
Photo by Jin Lee / The Associated Press, 2013

NFL controvery

Don’t accept this
Neanderthal behavior

Nobody can be so naive as to believe that the recent rash of abusive behavior in the NFL is a recent phenomenon. It’s way past the time that this Neanderthal behavior can be passed off as “boys will be boys.” We can’t allow a creeping acceptance of what should be unacceptable.

Nothing will stop this faster than swift action by the league, and if that doesn’t work, boycott the sponsors products. It’s amazing how losing money affects policy.

— Don Curtis, Clinton

Whipping isn’t
a spanking

Can you all please use proper English in describing what Adrian Peterson did to his son? Hitting someone with a switch is whipping, not spanking. Spanking is defined (I looked it up) as striking someone, usually on the rear, with a hand or other flat object. When you use something long and thin, it’s whipping.

Whipping a 4-year-old sounds nasty and brutal because, well, it is. But Peterson and his flacks shouldn’t be allowed to make his actions sound more palatable by abusing our language. Let’s call a spade a spade and a whipping a whipping.

— Doug Sprugel, Seattle

NFL is heading
the wrong way

I look at the state of the NFL, and I see pain. A few months ago, it was Richie Incognito of Miami. Then it was Greg Hardy of Carolina. Last week it was Adrian Peterson of Minnesota and then Jonathan Dwyer of Arizona.

We’re going the wrong way here.

— Keith Brown, Seattle

Does a double
standard exist?

In light of the recent domestic-violence incidents in the NFL and suspension of players, I find it disturbing that Hope Solo continues to play for the U.S. women’s soccer team while also being charged with domestic violence. Where has the outrage been regarding Hope Solo? Does a double standard apply?

She should be suspended pending resolution of her charges.

— Bill Hickey, Seattle

Goodbye, Goodell;
bring on, Condi

The best person to fill the position of NFL commissioner to replace Roger Goodell is Condoleezza Rice.

— Layton Carr, Sequim

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