Anheuser-Busch Expresses Disappointment With The NFL
Anheuser-Busch, the National Football League’s official beer sponsor, let the league know Tuesday exactly how it feels about the handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations.
"We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season," said the statement from Anheuser-Busch. "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 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."
Anheuser-Busch is in the fourth year of a six-year, $1.2 billion deal that makes Bud Light the official beer of the league.
Peterson has been charged with reckless and negligent injury after allegedly using a thin branch to strike his 4-year-old son at his Texas home last May.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Tuesday the running back should be suspended. He called the reinstatement an “embarrassment.” Peterson has since been placed on the NFL's exempt list.
Rice was initially suspended for two games following an incident in which he allegedly punched his wife in an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, 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.