Ray Rice and the NFL’s Dangerous Precedent

Leo Howell's Blog

The NFL handed Ray Rice a two-game suspension this morning for “his role” in an offseason incident which involved his fiancé and an “uppercut.”

In the wake of the announcement, NFL writers and analysts on social media have begun the inevitable comparison of Rice’s two-game punishment to that of Josh Gordon, who faces a likely year-long ban for various violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

And I think those comparisons miss the point.

Domestic violence shouldn’t have to be compared relative to anything else when considering punishment from an employer with an aim of “defending the shield.” The NFL under Roger Goodell has made an effort to be more proactive in handing out punishments for those who commit…

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