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Mounting pressure on NFL commissioner as scandal grows

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Photoshopped picture shows girl with a black eye and the hashtag "Goodell must go." Photoshopped picture shows girl with a black eye and the hashtag "Goodell must go."
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After a weekend of football, the National Football League remains at risk of getting more attention for its policies and the personal lives of some of its players than the sport itself. And the negative headlines continue with the league in full damage-control mode.

Minnesota Vikings' star Adrian Peterson was benched after being charged with injuring his 4-year-old son while disciplining him. Peterson will return, and in a statement Monday he wrote, "I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.

Hall of Famer Cris Carter, who was himself physically disciplined as a kid, spoke out about the incident, saying, "It's the 21st century. My mom was wrong. She did the best she could, but she was wrong about some of the stuff she taught me. You can't beat a kid to make them do what they wanna do."

On Monday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced 4 women will lead the League's crackdown on domestic violence and sexual assault. Among the 4, the former chief of the Manhattan district attorney's sex crimes unit.

Terry O'Neill, the president of the National organization for women, said, "this is an effort on the part of Mr. Goodell to shift this issue off the front pages so that he can get back to business as usual."

The growing scandal has also intensified scrutiny of the commissioner, who the NFL rewarded with more than $104 million between 2008 and 2012. There's even a photoshopped CoverGirl ad that has gone viral.

The ad for CoverGirl, which calls itself the 'official beauty partner of the NFL,' shows a woman with a photoshopped black eye and the words "Get your game face on." It first showed up on twitter with the hashtag "Goodell must go." CoverGirl has not responded to the picture, and so far none of the league's big ticket sponsors have pulled their partnerships.

As for whether Goodell will go, most analysts believe he won't, however only time will tell.

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