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The NFL's domestic violence problem

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM
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The NFL's domestic violence problem

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Today the NFL finally issued a two-game suspension for Baltimore running back Ray Rice. What an ugly situation.

This offseason Rice was reportedly caught on an elevator surveillance camera punching his then-girlfriend in the face. A few minutes later, in a video that went viral, Rice was seen pulling her apparently unconscious body out of the elevator.

And now ... two games? 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.

Two games. It's a joke, and a bad one. Worse, it leaves the door open for people to think that Janay Rice bears a lot of the responsibility for eliciting the punch that seemingly knocked her out.

Two games. This comes in the same offseason when elite pass-rusher Robert Mathis got four games for, according to him, using an unapproved fertility drug as he and his wife tried to get her pregnant. Is the NFL saying that knocking out your fiancée is less problematic for the league than knocking up your wife without Roger Goodell's sign-off?

The NFL is sending a strong message by issuing such a weak suspension; it's about as meaningful as a yellow card in a soccer game.

And make no mistake, the NFL has a problem on its hands.

Too many NFL players have been arrested in high-profile cases involving violence against women. Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington and Rice are recent examples, and just this Wednesday, allegations of domestic violence surfaced against former Redskins tight end Fred Davis.

Washington was sentenced to a year of probation for assaulting the mother of his child after she said he shoved her down with both hands, breaking her collarbone. The NFL booted him for the entire 2014 season ... but a league spokesperson cited a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy as the reason. The suspension for domestic violence has yet to land.

"Any incident of domestic violence is really one too many," NFL VP of human resources Robert Gulliver told espnW recently. "Whenever these instances come up, I would say it's tragic and there's obviously a very swift move to address the issues with multiple parties being involved. We take these issues very seriously. Our security department gets involved, our management counsel gets involved, club staff gets involved and we just simply don't tolerate instances of domestic violence."

Right.

The NFL may say it doesn't tolerate domestic violence, but until the league puts its money where its players' fists are, those words are utterly empty.

Harry Edwards, a professor emeritus of sociology at UC Berkeley, has been a staff consultant on player personnel development with the San Francisco 49ers for 30 years. He said domestic violence is a complicated issue -- and to look no further than Janay Palmer's decision to marry Rice after he was indicted for aggravated assault.

That said, Edwards -- a longtime civil rights advocate -- thinks the NFL and other leagues can do more to combat violence against women among players and in society at large.


by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM
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I need to read what the NFL has to say about this.

Need both sides, so to speak, before I can really form an opinion that is not one sided.

Now, if you want me to go off of just this article, a 2 game suspension is nothing.  It means nothing and it is ineffective.  What would be effective......at this point, with some of these men, I do not know that any thing short of never playing again would be effective.  Yet that cannot be across the board.

What a mess.

supermonstermom
by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Ravens' Ray Rice suspended two games by NFL



The league has weighed in on the fate of Ray Rice.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Baltimore Ravens running back will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season under the NFL's personal conduct policy, per a source informed of the league's plans.

The NFL later announced the two-game suspension and added that Rice will also be fined a third game check. 

The ban comes in response to Rice allegedly striking his then-fiancée and now wife, Janay, unconscious in February in Atlantic City. The couple was arrested on simple assault charges, but Rice was able to avoid prosecution after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.

In a statment to Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the punishment comes with the expectation that the running back will continue his counceling.

"You will be expected to continue to take advantage of the counseling and other professional services you identified during our meeting," Goodell wrote. "As you noted, this additional assistance has been of significant benefit to you and your wife, and it should remain a part of your practice as appropriate.

"I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career. I am now focused on your actions and expect you to demonstrate by those actions that you are prepared to fulfill those expectations."


The 27-year-old runner spent the offseason getting back into the type of shape that once made him one of the most versatile backs in the game. He's down 20 pounds from his bulky 2013 playing weight, but that won't help the team out of the gate.

The suspension will keep Rice out of the lineup for Baltimore's season-opening tilts against theCincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The seventh-year back will be eligible to suit up in time for the team's Week 3 tilt with the Cleveland Browns.

Rice's absence means a larger load for a now-healthy Bernard Pierce early in the year. The Ravensalso plan to use Justin Forsett in a backfield that should remain a committee even after Rice returns to the fold.



link to video of the Ravens coach giving a statement.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:23 PM
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Quoting supermonstermom:

Ravens' Ray Rice suspended two games by NFL



The league has weighed in on the fate of Ray Rice.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Baltimore Ravens running back will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season under the NFL's personal conduct policy, per a source informed of the league's plans.

The NFL later announced the two-game suspension and added that Rice will also be fined a third game check. 

The ban comes in response to Rice allegedly striking his then-fiancée and now wife, Janay, unconscious in February in Atlantic City. The couple was arrested on simple assault charges, but Rice was able to avoid prosecution after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.

In a statment to Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the punishment comes with the expectation that the running back will continue his counceling.

"You will be expected to continue to take advantage of the counseling and other professional services you identified during our meeting," Goodell wrote. "As you noted, this additional assistance has been of significant benefit to you and your wife, and it should remain a part of your practice as appropriate.

"I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career. I am now focused on your actions and expect you to demonstrate by those actions that you are prepared to fulfill those expectations."


The 27-year-old runner spent the offseason getting back into the type of shape that once made him one of the most versatile backs in the game. He's down 20 pounds from his bulky 2013 playing weight, but that won't help the team out of the gate.

The suspension will keep Rice out of the lineup for Baltimore's season-opening tilts against theCincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The seventh-year back will be eligible to suit up in time for the team's Week 3 tilt with the Cleveland Browns.

Rice's absence means a larger load for a now-healthy Bernard Pierce early in the year. The Ravensalso plan to use Justin Forsett in a backfield that should remain a committee even after Rice returns to the fold.



link to video of the Ravens coach giving a statement.

So they were both arrested.

Pre-trial diversion program.

Makes a little more sense now.

He damn well better stick to it otherwise, I would hope the NFL would come down harder.

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