Glenn Beck said on his radio program Wednesday that, no matter how good the players are on the field, Americans cannot tolerate "thugs and monsters" in the NFL.
"I'm telling you right now that the only things that matter are principles and values, how you deal with people, how you behave in your personal life and how you behave in your business life," Beck said. "That's it. ... If you don't start falling in line with true values, if you don't start falling into line with eternal principles and common decency, your business is over. It's just over. And I give that message to the NFL."
Beck the leadership of the NFL must start telling its players: "We have certain ethics and I don't care how damn good you are on the field. If you violate these ethics, you're not worthy to play the game. There's no [exceptions]. I don't want you."
After discussing how former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his girlfriend in an elevator and then dragged her unconscious body out, and how now-indefinitely suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson admitted to beating his 4-year-old with a tree branch, Beck remarked: "These guys are thugs and monsters."
"I'm not bringing my kids to an NFL game because I can't say to my kids, 'Hey, let's watch that guy. He's great ... All right, yes, he's a scumbag in real life, but let's root for him.'"
"We are teaching our kids that it doesn't matter what you do in your personal life, as long as you excel at whatever it is that you do," Beck concluded. "That's wrong. That's showing them that money is over everything else. It's not."
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