Roger Goodell and the NFL look like complete fools by only suspending running back Ray Rice two games for knocking his former girlfriend and new wife unconscious in an elevator after an apparent argument.
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended two games after allegedly knocking his fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City casino, the NFL announced Thursday.
Rice, who was arrested for the Feb. 15 incident, will also be fined $58,000, ESPN reported. He’d be eligible to return in time to prepare for the Ravens’ Week 3 matchup at Cleveland.
“I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Rice, according to a statement from the league. “I am now focused on your actions and expect you to demonstrate by those actions that you are prepared to fulfill those expectations.
Goodell suspends players for using performance enhancing drugs a minimum of four games, but punching his girlfriend's lights out only garners two? WTF? Talk about a "war on women" moment. How little does the NFL consider physical violence against women?
The very wise Mark Schlereth tells ESPN's First Take crew that the sentence was "very light."
Schlereth: There was evidence of the elevator. We saw an unconscious, his fiance at the time getting dragged out of that. That's a blemish on this league and that is completely unacceptable and two games to me just seems like a really light sentence...
Twitter lit up after this news broke.
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) July 24, 2014
It's a good thing Ray Rice isn't gay or didn't smoke weed, that might have been a "distraction!" http://t.co/fa3NZuatNO
— Ilissa Gold (@Goldni) July 24, 2014
Remember everyone, don't forget those smashing pink jerseys in October! The NFL wants to knock women viewership numbers sky high! #branding
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 24, 2014