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Were You Happy To Hear That The NFL Is Putting A New Domestic Violence Policy Into Place?

Submitted by on August 29, 2014 – 9:38 amNo Comment

The NFL is not going to tolerate their players or their personnel getting involved in domestic violence incidents anymore.

In recent years, there has been a steady stream of NFL players who have gotten into a lot of trouble for domestic violence-related crimes. Most recently, players like Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have made the entire league look bad by getting into physical altercations with their significant others. And Rice in particular made the NFL look really bad because the league only suspended him for two games during the upcoming season after he was involved in a domestic violence incident with his now-wife Janay Rice during this past offseason. Even though there was video evidence of Rice getting into it with his wife, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell only suspended him for a pair of games because, prior to this week, the NFL’s domestic violence policy was essentially nonexistent.

That’s not the case anymore. On Thursday, the league announced a new domestic violence policy that is very cut and dry and they’re hoping it will curb domestic violence incidents in the future. If an NFL player is involved in any kind of domestic violence incident moving forward, he will be suspended for six games. And if he’s involved in an incident again, he will then be banned from the league forever. Forever. That’s it. It’s a pretty strong stand for the NFL to take with regards to domestic violence—and a stand that they had to take after the Ray Rice fiasco. They’re not just implementing it for players, either. All NFL personnel will be subjected to the same harsh punishment for domestic violence incidents.

Hopefully, the new policy will make a difference across the league and limit the number of domestic violence incidents that players and personnel are involved in moving forward. It’s a shame that it took something as awful as the Ray Rice incident to get the NFL to implement the policy. But it’s nice to see that they’re going to do everything they can to eliminate domestic violence incidents from the game of professional football.

Do you like the NFL’s new domestic violence policy? Or do you think it’s still too lenient?

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