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August 13, 2014 - Chuck Greenwood
It sure looks like National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell “fumbled” on his decision in the Ray Rice assault case. After months of deliberation, Goodell handed out a mere two-game suspension to Rice who was caught on casino surveillance video having a knockdown brawl with his fiancée on February 15. Later in the evening, Rice was seen in a hotel surveillance video, that lasted almost a full minute, dragging his unconscious fiancée from the elevator and dropping her on the floor in full view of the camera. This video is on YouTube. He might have actually left her lying on the floor, but a hotel employee suddenly appeared and confronted Rice. Goodell said that this penalty to the Baltimore Ravens running back was intended to send a message to one and all about what the NFL would, and wouldn’t stand for. Goodell’s message comes through loud and clear. “You can knock your girlfriend out and then dump her body on the floor, and miss less than 12 percent of the season.” That’s what his message is. Rice will miss the Ravens’ games with Cincinnati on September 7 and September 11 versus the Steelers. Domestic violence should not be tolerated anywhere or anytime. Yet, a mere two-game suspension translates into basically a slap on the wrist for one of the NFL’s top players. There was videotape from two different places that same evening. There was no question as to what happened. In a strange twist to this story, Rice’s fiancée is now his wife. Yes, they recently got married, even after he assaulted her. Maybe it’s time for Goodell to be ‘knocked out”, as in knocked out the door as commissioner.
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