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Jon Stewart NFL Rant: League Execs 'Don't Know What They're Doing'

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By    |   Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 02:22 PM

Jon Stewart took on the NFL during Wednesday night's episode of "The Daily Show," criticizing the league for its bungled handling of the string of recent domestic violence cases.

The NFL and its teams have been wishy washy in the handling of the four recent incidents involving the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice, the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, the Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, and the Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Dwyer.

"The Minnesota Vikings suspending, then unsuspending, then suspending Adrian Peterson again caught 'The Daily Show's' attention, and Stewart spent part of Wednesday night's show disembowling Peterson, the Vikings, Greg Hardy, the NFL, and just about anybody else within range of his disemboweling equipment," Deadspin.com wrote.

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Stewart called the NFL's wavering "the kind of firm decision-making we've come to expect from people who don't know what the f*** they're doing."

The comedian then poked fun at the statement released this week by Anheuser-Busch, which spends an estimated $50 million a year on sponsorship deals with the NFL and its teams not including advertising.

"We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season," said the company's statement. "We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league."

"How crazy is this?" Stewart posited. "A company that sells alcohol is the moral touchstone of the NFL . . . Alcohol, maybe one of the only substances proven scientifically to increase the likelihood of domestic abuse. That company is saying to the NFL, 'you guys have got a real problem here.'"

Stewart also took shots at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's recent appointment of four women to reshape the league's domestic violence and sexual assault policies. Anna Isaacson, the NFL's vice president of community affairs and philanthropy, will lead the task force, joined by Lisa Friel, the former head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney's Office; NO MORE co-founder Jane Randel; and Rita Smith, the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, according to USA Today.



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Jon Stewart took on the NFL during Wednesday night's episode of "The Daily Show," criticizing the league for its bungled handling of the string of recent domestic violence cases.
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