A few months ago, a security camera caught Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. It appeared to be a clear case of domestic abuse, which the Rices didn’t deny. Shortly after the video went viral, Ray Rice offered a press conference apology that attempted to turn the event into a heartwarming learning moment that made him into a better man. (Most people weren’t buying it.)
And now the official word from the NFL has come down, and Rice’s extreme, videotaped, undenied example of domestic abuse is being punished with… a two-game suspension. As one ESPN blogger noted, “Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued longer suspensions for pot smoking, taking Adderall, DUI, illegal tattoos, dogfighting and eating a protein bar thought to be on the NFL’s approved list.”
It was heartening, at least, to see many sports bloggers from GQ to ESPN decry Rice’s lenient punishment, and take a stand against the NFL’s domestic violence problem. All I know is, while I’ll be cheering for the Ravens this upcoming football season (of course), I won’t be cheering for Ray Rice.
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