Actual football talk was secondary to dissecting the various controversies. In some cases, it produced some raw honesty, such as Bart Scott on CBS admitting he is going through counseling to deal with his anger issues.
In case you missed it, here is a round-up of what was said:
CBS NFL Today
Bart Scott: This story is very personal to me. Of course Ray Rice was a teammate of mine. This marks the fifth teammate that I’ve played with that’s either been accused or convicted of domestic violence. This is a problem in the NFL and has been a problem in the NFL. I think this video really forces the NFL and society to take a look and itself and make sure we do something about it. This offseason, I had been retired for two years and I went and saw a mental health specialist so I can learn how to handle my rage issues and things like that. What happens is we teach everybody how to turn it on but nobody teaches us how to turn it off. So I want to tell these players out there that it’s okay to seek mental help, especially so you can learn how to come down and decompress, so to speak, so you don’t put yourself in situations where you make spontaneous judgments and actions at the same time.
Boomer Esiason: That guy (Adrian Peterson) should never be on the field again. I don’t want to hear about how he grew up, what he learned. This was a whipping of a 4-year-old boy for god’s sake! All I’m telling you right now that is sickness to me. That player should never be on the football field again until he is held accountable either by a court of law or he seeks the help you speak of.
ESPN NFL Countdown
Tom Jackson: “What a sad week for the National Football League. I can’t remember as many mistakes as have been made over the course of the last week. Actually, it even begins before that.”
Cris Carter: “It’s been a tough week. … My whole MO is based on the NFL, so now is all that a lie? … In our experience with the NFL, there’s this thing called ‘NFL magic’. When you stay in the NFL long enough it change(s) your life. … I expect the commissioner’s office to change this, because this is a problem around the United States. … I put a mandate on Roger Goodell right now: put that ‘NFL magic’ to domestic violence and I guarantee we get some changes.”
Jackson: “If he (the Commissioner) gets this right at the beginning, I don’t know what the suspension should have been – 12 games, a full season, whatever it should have been – the video would have come out and people would have said, ‘Wow. That’s why he was so severe in his punishment.’ … They got it wrong.”
Bob Ley: “I think the league could count itself fortunate Saturday Night Live is not in production because we’d be playing 10 minutes of skits just skewering the league.”
Mike Ditka: “A parent has a right and an obligation to discipline their child if it’s done in the right way. My dad whipped my butt. Did I deserve it? Yes. … I wouldn’t be here today if that hadn’t happened in my life. That was a great thing. I didn’t like it. I cried, but every time I got it … I became a better person for it. That’s all I can say.”
Fox NFL Sunday
Mike Pereira: “The owners are going to support him with all of the money that he has raised for this league. I think I am wondering what he feels right now and to me what he is, he is embarrassed. He is a guy who fights for the truth; I know, I worked there. It was about truth and transparency; I was told that all the time with the clubs. It was, ‘Hey, if you made 10 [officiating] mistakes, tell them.’ He is a guy that fought for the truth, which is why I believe him still at this point, but he is embarrassed about what has happened within his organization.”
Pam Oliver: “I worry about his wife and I think about her a lot. Victims tend to support their abuser and that’s frankly what Ray Rice is, he’s an abuser. And that’s what I think women can take from this: put yourself in her position and maybe think about her more than you think about Ray Rice.”
NBC Football Night in America
Cris Collinsworth: “As football fans, we were let down by everybody last week. It starts with Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens, the NFL, and even the judicial system. But just because that case was so messed up by everyone across the board, doesn’t mean you can throw a blanket over all these other guys. Ray McDonald’s case is completely different. Greg Hardy’s case is completely different…(Costas interjects: “It’s worse. Perhaps, worse.”) So you have to analyze these individually. And, yeah, we’d all like to have an easy answer. There is no easy answer.”
Bob Costas: “One other note — our NBC colleague Ted Robinson is also the radio voice of the San Francisco 49ers. This week, Robinson made some uncharacteristically inartful comments when talking about the Ray Rice and Janay Palmer Rice situation. As a result, the 49ers have suspended him for two games — the exact length of Ray Rice’s original suspension — which strikes many as peculiar.”