A child advocacy group based in Palm Beach, Florida is asking organizers of Super Bowl XLIV to send Pete Townshend packing. The Who is scheduled to play during the game’s half-time show on February 7.
The issue, says AbuseWatch.net, lies with Townshend’s 2003 arrest for accessing and viewing a child pornography website.
“I’m a fan of the band, I grew up with The Who. Pete Townshend is the only issue, and the issue is that he’s a former registered sex offender,” AbuseWatch spokesperson Evin Daly told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “The issue is, it sends the wrong message to American families.”
Townshend admitted to authorities that he viewed child pornography on a Texas-based website only (no pictures were found on his computer). He said it was research for a book, a book that was inspired by Townshend’s own memories of abuse as a child. He pleaded guilty, received a “caution” from authorities, and was placed on the British Violent and Sex Offender Register for five years.
The NFL, though, is standing behind their man. In a letter to AbuseWatch, NFL spokesman Joe Brown noted Townshend’s active involvement in charity work, and said that the organization feels comfortable with Townshend’s explanation for his behavior:
We recognize that the Super Bowl is annually watched by millions of Americans and we have worked hard in recent years to ensure this presentation is suitable for this mass audience.
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