Roger Goodell and the NFL absolutely dropped the ball on the Ray Rice domestic violence situation.
Rice knocked his then girlfriend/now wife (what was she thinking? Does she have no one speaking into her life?) unconscious in a hotel elevator. He is now suspended for two games of the 2014 season.
Yes, that’s not a typo. He knocked his girlfriend unconscious in a rage and is suspended for two games.
By comparison, Terrell Pryor pulled some shenanigans to avoid an NCAA suspension and get in the NFL through the supplemental draft and got a five game suspension before he was ever in the NFL.
A guy named Robert Mathis got four games for taking some fertility drugs to help his wife conceive. Yes, four games for trying to start a family with your wife. Two games for knocking out your soon-to-be wife.
Using marijuana will you get you a whole year in the NFL, even in states where it’s legal to smoke marijuana.
So assuming the rational position that the punishment should fit the crime, and that we reward or punish based on relative significance, the NFL has declared that beating a woman unconscious is not as significant as trying to have a baby with a women you are married to. It’s not as significant as taking money and favors in college when you have no accountability or responsibility to the NFL. And it’s way less significant than smoking pot.
Why should anyone think that the NFL takes violence against women seriously?
That’s not a rhetorical question. Go ahead. Someone tell me why anyone should think the NFL takes domestic violence seriously.
I’ll be waiting.
Until then, Roger Goodell should be without a job.
The league owners should demand either a higher suspension of Rice (at least a year, perhaps two, maybe even three), or a resignation from Goodell for embarrassing them and their league in this manner.
Until one or the other happens, no one should think the NFL cares about domestic violence.