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Ray Rice situation didn't help Adrian Peterson

Ray Rice situation didn't help Adrian Peterson

Superstar running back Adrian Peterson's season is now officially over and, in a sense, he has Ray Rice to thank for the lengthy suspension that was imposed on him this week by embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Don't misunderstand. Peterson is totally responsible for the behavior that put him on Goodell's exempt list while the child abuse charges he faced were adjudicated. He took a switch to his 4-year-old son and caused injuries severe enough to warrant a felony indictment, then pleaded no contest two weeks ago to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault.

It's fairly obvious, however, that Goodell's decision to suspend him until at least April 15 was heavily...