Arian Foster bashes Anheuser-Busch
The NFL has begun the 2014 with an image problem, due to various domestic violence incidents involving Ray Rice, Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy, as well as a child abuse indictment brought against Adrian Peterson.
One sponsor in particular, Anheuser Busch, seemed to decide that enough was enough and released a statement on Tuesday on the NFL not handling matters appropriately.
“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” Anheuser-Busch stated. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”
One prominent running back is seeing right through that statement. Arian Foster took to Twitter and blasted Anheuser Busch, essentially calling the beer company hypocritical with these words.
“Selling poison on that high horse,” Foster wrote in one tweet. He followed it with, “Domestic violence and alcohol damn near synonymous.”
It should be noted that correlation does not imply causation. Alcohol itself doesn't cause people to become more violent. However, alcohol consumption can cause abusers to rationalize or justify their behavior while under the influence. In addition, alcohol usage does raise the chance of a domestic abuse incident happening. Therefore, a link has long been established with alcohol in the realm of domestic violence.
In fact, when Rice punched his now-wife in the face, he was under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol was also involved in domestic violence cases involving Hardy and McDonald, too.
Foster most certainly has a point when opining the hypocrisy of Anheuser Busch, a major NFL sponsor, chiming in on the issue. In hindsight, the beer giant may have wanted to sit that play out.
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