Roger Goodell Defends Length Of Ray Rice Suspension


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with the press in Canton Friday and addressed the Ray Rice suspension. Goodell defended the decision to suspend Rice two games for his domestic violence incident, which is consistent punishment for first time offenders of the NFL conduct policy.

It was well known all along that Goodell would cite previous cases and use consistency as the reasoning behind Rice’s suspension. It simply wouldn’t be fair to bring the hammer down on one particular player after a precedent has been set in the past. That would have opened a proverbial can of worms with the player’s union.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see some rule changes take place, however. The public backlash over this incident, coupled with the severity of several drug policy violations, is a bad look for the NFL, even if they are only following the already established collective bargaining agreement.

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