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September 18th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

NFL feeling the heat from sponsors

(CNN) – With more NFL players making headlines for their rap sheets than stat sheets, sponsors are speaking out about the league and even criticizing its handling of these high profile cases.

"I am deeply disturbed that the repugnant behavior of a few players and the NFL's acknowledged mishandling of these issues, is casting a cloud over the integrity of the league ... the reality for Commissioner Goodell and the NFL is that they now have an opportunity to affect positive change with the situation presented to them. I urge them to seize this moment," read a strongly worded statement from Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of Pepsi Co.

McDonalds, Visa, Campbell's Soup and Anheuser-Busch have also released statements pledging to monitor how the NFL deals with domestic violence cases going forward.

USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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