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Jon Stewart Remembers When The NFL's Biggest Distraction Was a Gay Player

Jon Stewart Remembers When The NFL's Biggest Distraction Was a Gay Player


Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, remembers a simpler time when the NFL's biggest controversy was openly gay player Michael Sam.

The NFL is facing backlash from sponsors and fans for not taking immediate disciplinary measures against players accused of domestic and child abuse. Earlier this month, Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was initially slapped on the wrist with a two-game suspension after video surveillance footage surfaced of Rice punching his fiance. Rice was later banned from the NFL only after TMZ released another video depicting Rice knocking her unconscious and dragging her body outside an elevator. The NFL was on the defense again this week for benching Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson for only one game after allegations of child abuse surfaced. Peterson was deactivated from the roster only after Anheuser-Busch, one of the league's biggest sponsors, protested.

"How crazy is this?" Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked. "A company that sells alcohol is the moral touchstone of the NFL. Maybe one of the only substances that is proven scientifically to increase the likelihood of domestic abuse. That company is saying to the NFL, 'You guys got a real problem here.'"

Stewart then reminisced about a time when the NFL's biggest problem was when Michael Sam was drafted. "Remember those days? How scared the NFL was back then, that a gay man would ruin their league? Oh what the NFL wouldn't do right now for that kind of distraction."

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