Another NFL Player Benched Amid Domestic Violence Controversy

Just before kick-off, the Carolina Panthers de-activated star player Greg Hardy.
2:39 | 09/15/14

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We begin tonight with the latest in a growing roster of pro football players under fire for their aggressive moves off the field. Today, another player benched amid a domestic violence controversy and now NFL commissioner roger Goodell facing loud criticism. Take a look at this banner over met life stadium today. By a women's group. The #goodellmustgo. ABC's Brian smith leads us off. Brian? Reporter: On a day when fans are packing stadiums like this, it's off the field that they are off a loss. Today, another NFL star player sidelines. Just before kick off, the panthers deactivating Greg hardy. Convicted of assaulting his girlfriend in July, a chilling 911 call came from a neighbor. We need the police here now. Before this girl is seriously hurt. Now. Reporter: Today, hardy was allowed to play while he appealed the vin conviction. And in the wake of growing scandals among the NFL. Above stadiums today, calls for the embattled NFL commissioner to step down. In the midst of this incredibly important controversy about domestic violence in the worst scandal of the history of pro sports, the NFL doesn't get it right. Adrian Peterson, benched this weekend for hitting his 4-year-old son with a branch. A grand jury indicted the case, and looked at the injuries on the child and determined the discipline was not reasonable. His attorney said he was disciplining his child. Peterson kept off the field today too, even as these fans in Minnesota showed up wearing his Jersey. And ray rice, appearing in public for the first time yesterday, since being suspended by the NFL for knocking out his wife in an elevator, with his family at a high school football game. NFL analysts today, mincing no words. I think the ray rice case has been handled wrong from the start. And a question of roger Goodell's honesty from the start. You can't beat a kid to make him do what you want to do. And the 49ers ray McDonald is expected to play tonight against the Chicago bears. Roger Goodell was expected to be at that game. But he reportedly canceled his appearance. Thank you. We want to know that ray McDonald has not been charged in that incident.

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