|Embarrassed Ray Rice and his wife and victim, Janay.|
Commissioner Roger Goodall has announced that penalties for a first offense of domestic violence will be a six-game suspension (that's millions of dollars in salary for many players, so it ain't peanuts) and a second offense will mean no more football for the boys. None at all at the NFL level.
The decision was Goodall's alone and the by-laws of the NFL say that's something he can do. He suspended Ravens runner Ray Rice for two games recently, following Rice's arrest for whacking his former fiancee. Rice, says Time Magazine, "was indicted for allegedly hitting his now-wife so hard that he knocked her unconscious. Rice was caught by a security camera dragging his unconscious then-fiancee out of an elevator in an Atlantic City Casino ... "
There was a good bit of outrage in the cheap seats following Rice's paddling with a pillow and Goodall admits, "I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better, and we will."