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After many criticized the NFL for its current (lack of) actions involving the domestic violence cases of Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice, major sponsors like Visa, Anheuser-Bush, and others have finally voiced their concerns to the league.

According to the Huffington Post, the NFL’s multi-million dollar sponsorships have released statements following the NFL’s initial decision to let Adrian Peterson play this weekend while facing charges of beating his four-year-old son.

While major sponsors have spoken up, they have yet to pull their sponsorships.

Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including an investigation into how long the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell knew about a video that shows Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee; as well as the Minnesota Vikings’ decision to let Adrian Peterson play while he faces an abuse charge for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.

McDonald’s, Visa and Campbell Soup Co. say they have also voiced similar concerns to the league.

FedEx and GM announced they would be watching over the investigations, but didn’t mention any plans to pull their sponsorships.

The politics of these major companies could be why they haven’t fully removed themselves from the league. Companies spend a combined total of $1.07 billion to be sponsors of the NFL. This excludes promotions and advertising. Beer giant Anheuser-Bush spends about $50 million on sponsorship fees alone.

Each company has released their own statement on the NFL.

Anheuser-Bush:

“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 company said in a statement. “We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”

McDonald’s:

“As a long-standing sponsor we have spoken with the NFL about our concerns regarding recent events, and reinforced the critical importance that they address these issues with great seriousness.”

Campbell’s Soup:

“Upon completion of the investigation, we expect the NFL to take appropriate action,” Campbell Soup Co. said in a statement. “We have shared our views with the NFL.”

Visa:

“As a long-standing sponsor we have spoken with the NFL about our concerns regarding recent events, and reinforced the critical importance that they address these issues with great seriousness.”

Just this week, a Photoshopped picture of a CoverGirl model with a black eye made its rounds around the web. And many have encouraged parent company Procter & Gamble to drop its partnership with the league over the Ray Rice scandal.

The company responded to the NFL on its Facebook page:

“Domestic violence is completely unacceptable.” The company went further, saying that it has “encouraged the NFL to take swift action on their path forward to address the issue of domestic violence.”

After the announcements on Tuesday, the NFL released a brief statement promising action very soon.

“We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come,” the organization said.

The NFL has now reversed its decision to let Adrian Peterson play with the Vikings. He is currently indefinitely suspended from the team. 

However, with billions at stake, it looks like money has ruled over moral code.

SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO CREDIT: News Inc. 

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