NFL: We Blew It on Domestic Violence
League toughens penalties after outcry over Ray Rice case
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2014 5:41 PM CDT
In this 2013 file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell takes questions.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – When the NFL issued a two-game suspension to a star player who assaulted his then-fiancee, the league took much flak for treating the offense so lightly. Now, in a letter to owners, league chief Roger Goodell has issued a mea culpa, reports ESPN. "I didn't get it right," he said. "Simply put, we have to do better. And we will." From now on, players will get a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second. Players in the latter camp could petition to get back in the league after a year, however.

"We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place," Goodell wrote in the letter, which can be read in full at USA Today. The controversy stems from a video that shows Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee from an elevator. The two are now married, and the assault charges will be dismissed when Rice completes a treatment program.

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People_Suck
Aug 31, 2014 5:14 PM CDT
So I guess Goodell should stop giving fellatio without consent.
Luke101
Aug 29, 2014 10:17 AM CDT
Dear Roger: Please stick to Football, and stop appointing yourself and your minions , as the arbiters of PC compliance. You suck at it.
baldpirate
Aug 29, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
Good for the NFL ! Now - Let's see if they can back it up ! ! !