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Lets face it, the NFL has a problem with violent behaviour and no matter how many people call for Roger Goodell's head, it will always come down to the players.

Ray Rice has been suspended indefinitely due to a domestic violence case, Carolina Panthers Greg Hardy has been placed on the Commissioner's exempt list for a similar case.

Adrian Peterson is also on the Commissioner's list until he deals with the allegations of child abuse against him and Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson is rumoured to be set to join him.

Then Wednesday night brought about the newest accusation against an NFL player as Arizona Cardinals Runningback Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on domestic violence charges.

But its not just violent behaviour that is bringing the negative headlines to the NFL, rookie Quarterback for the Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel has brought in his fair share of bad press to the league.

Excess drinking and ridiculous drunken antics have given Manziel somewhat of a reputation which only contributes to the ever declining reputation of the league.

How to solve it?

In my opinion, these cases coming through can't be prevented by more stringent punishment for domestic violence as alcohol is often involved.

When alcohol is involved, judgement becomes impaired and it seems like most offenders don't think through the ramifications of their actions whilst they're doing it otherwise lets face it, they probably wouldn't do it in the first place.

Asking for Roger Goodell to step down seems like a move that uses him as a scapegoat in the whole drama of the story.

Many feel that Goodell should be doing more to stop domestic violence but short of living in each players homes and being there to jump in whilst its happening, I don't see what he can do.

Outreach programmes, strict punishments and perhaps even anger management classes can only go so far so what is the solution? Who knows, but its down to Goodell and the NFL executives to find out.

Where will it end?

There's a lot of stories about problems in the personal lives of the current NFL players but the question is, where does it start?

On Wednesday, the story emerged that current Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston would be banned for the first half of Florida States upcoming match.

Winston is banned because of shouting obscenities across campus leading to some students taking offence to what he shouted.

Juvenile? Yes, worthy of a ban? Probably,so the question is, is Winston just another NFL negative story waiting to happen?

He may not have done anything when compared to the likes of Rice, Peterson or Hardy, but surely he is on the path to Manziel-hood.

And ask yourself honestly, can you see Manziel being caught up in some criminal wrong doing at some point in his career?

Across all of football there seems to be some problems with behaviour, stopping it may prove difficult for Goodell and others but clearly, something needs to be done while players are at the earliest stages of their career. 

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