Dual Scandals Put NFL Leadership Into the Spotlight

Adrian Peterson's alleged child abuse and video of Ray Rice punching his wife draws criticism of Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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Now to the NFL. Rocked by two explosive scandals. The vikings' Adrian Peterson arguably one of the most talented players in the league charged with child abuse and ray rice released by the Baltimore ravens seen punching his wife making his first public appearance since that scandal. ABC's Ryan smith is here. Game day in the NFL. So many, though, talking about the NFL's growing problem with domestic violence of as ray rice garnered support with his family by his side, prosecutors laid out their case against star running back, Adrian Peterson, for allegedly beating his son. Adrian Peterson -- Today, Minnesota vikings star running back Adrian Peterson won't be in uniform as prosecutors claim he was criminally negligent in striking his 4-year-old son with a branch. We take all allegations of abuse against children very seriously. Reporter: Yesterday the football star taking a private jet to surrender to authorities in Montgomery county smiling for this mug shot. In jail for less than 30 minutes before being released and returning to Minnesota on the same private plane. And while Peterson's attorney says he was simply disciplining his child prosecutors say the NFL star may have gone too far. A grand jury having indicted this case looked at the injuries that were inflicted upon this child and determined that that discipline was not reasonable. Reporter: Charged with one count of injury to a child Peterson faces up to two years in prison. He has not yet entered a plea and the NFL reviewing Peterson's case under its personal conduct policy. If family violence and domestic violence is going to be addressed, then the parenting issue does come into play. Reporter: This as ray rice made his first public appearance yesterday since being indefinitely suspended by roger Goodell here with his wife and baby daughter forming his former high school's varsity football team. He exchanged hugs with his former coach and other supporters on the surveillances. Domestic violence, now dominating the conversation for a league hoping to focus on the game. But the cloud cast by both cases some say may not lift any time soon. The national football league realizes this is another very sensitive issue when you're talking about the innocence of a child and the standard that's going to be established is going to be elevated and probably changed even in the policies. Now, Ryan, there are going to be protests outside stadiums but at the end of the day fans are still going to watch so will the NFL feel pressure to amend it's policy? I think so. This is a huge black eye on the NFL. They've got to do something. The question, what can they do? Not just about the NFL, the NFL players association has to be a part of this too, they are the players' representatives so a policy says if you do one thing you're out of the league even before your case goes forward, that might be a problem for the players association even though both sides want to make a change so I think there will be changes. I just think it's going to be tough to make them happen and the can he is when because the public wants change now. They do. A lot of interhits involveded. Thank you.

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