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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Was The NFL Too Lenient On Ray Rice?

Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The NFL is dealing with a pre-season controversy involving one of its star players. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season after he was arrested in February for assaulting his then-fiancé Janay Palmer (they are now married).

There’s a cell phone video of Rice dragging Palmer off an elevator at an Atlantic City casino after, police say, he had knocked her out. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the two-game suspension, which critics say is too lenient.

Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks tweeted “NFL not usually tone deaf, but 2 game suspension for Ray Rice defies logic and explanation. Sends wrong message in all capitals.”

Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s podcast The Gist, discusses the controversy with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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  • ocdhickson

    This is the same league, team, and media that made a hero out of Ray Lewis after he was involved in the murder of two men. Involved enough to “lose” the clothes he was wearing and lie about being at the scene.

    Let’s see if this low-life can open a charity to save the children so the media can put him on a pedestal as well.

  • Becky in Mayfield

    Did I hear correctly that Ms. Palmer actually apologized for her role in the “incident”? Apologized for what? Getting in the way of her boyfriend’s fist? This is ridiculous. It’s domestic violence, plain and simple. And if it was the first time, as Rice claims, he would have acted differently, distraught over what he had done. No, this is a pattern, and the NFL needs to act strongly. Ms. Palmer also needs to get out, now.

  • Scruffy Longfellow

    This speaks volumes about the NFL. If you are a star you can do what you want with no fear of *real* repercussions. This truly is a Pacman Jones slap-on-the-wrist all over again. Furthermore you have Nigel Bradham who got caught with a negligible amount of Marijuana who got two times the length of a suspension as Ray Rice who knocked his fiancee unconscious and dragged her in a Casino. It is no wonder the opinion network ( http://st8.it/1nYz41V ) pegs the NFL as: Dangerous, Unappealing, and Hypocritical. There just seems to be a disconnect from reality with a clueless Goodell leading the show.

  • john haley

    This behavior (his AND hers) obviates the need for legal and cultural enforcement of violence against women. For the NFL, sit the players down and rehearse the Constitutional amendments in real time. Sure. Oh, right, does the very big money determine the terms of reparation?

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