Roger Goodell defends Ray Rice punishment
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed reporters Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he talked for the first time about the national uproar over the “lenient” suspension given to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
“Our policy is clear,” Goodell said. “We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL.”
Goodell said the two-game suspension Rice received for knocking out his wife was consistent with other cases, since Rice is a first-time offender.
“When we make decisions, we we always get reactions,” Goodell said. “We understand it, we listen to it and we use it to make ourselves better.”
The problem is that Goodell has been anything but consistent. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger received a six-game suspension, that was reduced to four, and he was never arrested or charged over his sexual assault accusations.
Goodell has also handed down bigger fines and suspensions for use of PED’s and marijuana, so even if he likes to call it “consistent”, he is sending the wrong message with these clearly inconsistent rulings.
As delusional as the Commish is to think this issue is all wrapped up, it will be an ongoing debate in the NFL for longer than he thinks, especially when it comes to public relations.