In the case of Adrian Peterson, the high-profile running back for the Minnesota Vikings who was indicted on child abuse charges and deactivated from the team, Peterson said he disciplined his 4-year-old son with a switch. Peterson has said that he loves his son and admits that he disciplined his son as he was disciplined as a child.

He says he’s not a child abuser, although the child, reportedly, had visible marks on his body. Running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the Ravens — and the NFL — after video emerged him punching his then-fiancée in the face and knocking her unconscious in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City eight months ago. Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals’ on aggravated assault for an incident that occurred in July.

According to reports, Dwyer’s wife said she was head-butted by him because she refused to have sex with him. The head-butt broke her nose. The next day, Dwyer allegedly punched his wife in the face and threw her cellphone down the stairs when she attempted to call for help. She also said Dwyer threw a shoe at their 18-month-old child.

“The NFL’s advisory team must include black women with a demonstrated expertise in the development and implementation of culturally-specific services, policies and programs addressing domestic violence and sexual assault in the black community,” said Karla Cottman, executive director of D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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