Ray Rice suspension: Is NFL really serious about domestic violence?
The Christian Science Monitor - 09/08/2014
Two weeks ago, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell said he had gotten the Ray Rice decision wrong and rolled out new standards against domestic violence. Now, faced with a new video showing the running back cold-cocking his fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator, some analysts say, it’s a chance for Goodell to make good on his words.
On Monday, after the video was released, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice from their team and the NFL slapped the 27-year-old with an indefinite suspension. But indefinite isn’t the same as a lifetime ban, similar to the one National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver imposed on former Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling after racist comments surfaced.
Some analysts suggest the moment is right for the NFL to take on the issue of domestic violence – but others argue the organization would rather tackle just about any problem than the image of its players hurting women.