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Why Is It Taking The NFL So Long To Come Up With A Better Punishment For Players Who Get Arrested For Domestic Violence?

Submitted by on August 15, 2014 – 10:38 amOne Comment

The two-game suspension that Roger Goodell and the NFL gave to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice this summer was a joke. A complete joke. The league routinely hands out four-game suspensions to players who have tested positive for drugs like marijuana. And a DUI is also usually worth at least four games. But after Rice got caught physically assaulting his now-wife Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City hotel and casino back in February, the NFL only suspended him for two games, because…well, we’re still not exactly sure why they thought that two games was enough. It was, as we said, a joke.

It finally sounds like the NFL is going to do something to make sure that a two-game suspension for a domestic violence case doesn’t happen again, though. According to reports, the league is looking into the idea of handing out suspensions that are worth at least four games and possibly six games to players who get arrested for domestic violence. And furthermore, they’re also thinking about suspending repeat offenders for up to a full season just to make sure that the entire league understands that Goodell & Co. will not tolerate domestic violence. It’s a great idea and something that should go into effect ASAP.

Our only question is: Why did it take so long to get here? Domestic violence is a very serious issue and there’s absolutely no way that it warrants anything less than a four or six-game suspension. So the NFL should have already had a policy in place to suspend someone like Rice for more than two games. But now that they’ve acknowledged the problem, the NFL needs to act swiftly and get a new rule in place immediately that says that Goodell can suspend players who get arrested for domestic violence for up to six games. Otherwise, what has the NFL learned from the Ray Rice debacle? Nothing. And that would be a real shame for the league, its players, and its fans.

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