Fox News contributor Brit Hume says he wants to know when it became the NFL’s problem what criminal behavior its players engage in.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Hume asked “Since when is it the job of a sports league to police the private conduct or misconduct of the players off the field, outside the realm of football?”
“This is something relatively new,” he added. “Now, obviously the league and its individual teams have a reputation to protect and brands to protect.”
“So my sense about this is this will come down to the sponsors,” he continued. “When the sponsors start to bail in large numbers, and you’re seeing a trickle of this already, things will start to change.”
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The Minnesota Vikings reinstated running back Adrian Peterson after a one-game suspension when he was charged with child abuse earlier this month. When sponsors threatened to pull out, Peterson was removed from the Vikings roster.
More than 7,000 fans traded in Ray Rice jersey on Friday and Saturday and the Baltimore Ravens ran out of other jerseys and had to issue more than 2,000 vouchers, according to the Associate Press.
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