(NEW YORK) — Yet another sponsor of the National Football League spoke out on Tuesday about the league’s fumbling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations that have stirred up controversy in recent weeks.
“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” said the statement from Anheuser-Busch, the league’s official beer sponsor. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code.” The company also says that it shared those concerns with the league.
The NFL responded to Anheuser-Busch’s statement, with spokesman Brian McCarthy saying that the NFL is, “taking action and there will be much more to come.”
Cynthia Hogan, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Counsel to the Vice President of the United States, was named the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs on Tuesday.
Ray Rice was initially suspended for two games following an incident in which he allegedly punched his fiancee in an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J. casino. Only after video from inside the elevator was released by TMZ, did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extend the suspension and the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice.
On Tuesday, the NFL Players Association filed an appeal of the extended suspension on Rice’s behalf, asking for a neutral arbitrator to make a ruling.
Peterson was inactive this past week after allegations of child abuse arose stemming from an incident involving one of his children. He has not been suspended by the league, but he was reactivated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.
Last week, PepsiCo and Campbell Soup Company both issued statements that were critical of the league’s handling of the Ray Rice situation.
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