The man who America has had in the back of their minds all week is finally speaking up!
NFL Implements Harsher Penalties For Domestic Violence After Backlash Over Ray Rice's B.S. 2-Game Suspension
This past offseason, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came under heavy fire after he suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for merely 2 games after he beat his now-wife, Janay Palmer, and dragged her apparently unconscious body out of an elevator.
Many felt the punishment did NOT fit the crime and was proof that league was turning a blind eye towards domestic violence towards women.
"At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals. We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. 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. My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will."
So the apology is nice and all, but what exactly is the NFL doing to crack down on players who are guilty of domestic violence?
Well first time offenders will find themselves banned for 6 games, which is three times the length of Ray Rice's current punishment. Second time offenders will be banned from the league for life.
Basically, it's the closest thing you can get to a zero tolerance policy without actually implementing a zero tolerance policy.
Sadly, the league's actions don't quite right every wrong as Ray will STILL be allowed back on the field after his 2-game suspension, but at least the NFL is giving us their word that they'll do better next time. That has to count for something, right??
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