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NFL scandals don't faze most fans

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It may have been a rough couple months for the NFL, but bad publicity hasn't changed the minds of many Americans.

According to an NBC News poll, 53% of those in U.S. think the league mishandled recent high profile domestic violence issues, but 85% said it wouldn't affect how much football they watch.

Down at Pepper's Sports Bar in Cedar Falls, Mark Johnson was watching the Vikings play the Saints on Sunday.

“They weren't going to throw …” he said, staring at the tv on the wall.

But one player was conspicuously missing from the Minnesota roster, – Adrian Peterson, pulled while facing charges of child abuse in Texas.

“As a long time Vikings fan, it's pretty frustrating, I've got to say,” Johnson said.

“Women's lives and welfare, and children, is so much more important,” said Jewel Cooper.

Cooper remembers the first time she saw the video of the Baltimore Raven's Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an elevator.

“It was horrifying,” she said. “I cant imagine going back to something like that, even though I know there are reasons women do.”

Since that video and claims against Peterson surfaced, many have criticized the NFL for not addressing these issues. Some have even called for the resignation of commissioner Roger Goodell. NBC News reports 29% of Americans support that.

“The NFL has to do something to stem this problem that they seem to be having,” said Tim Eich.

But for many fans, a conflict— if they don't agree with behind-the-scenes decisions, do they tune out?

“No,” said Johnson. “To me, it's more about the team than it is one player.”

“Nah, I love football,” Cooper said. “It's a violent sport, I understand that, and there needs to be a way to teach men to be violent in the sport, but then not take that home with them. I don't know what the answer to that is.”

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