Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice got what amounted to a slap on the wrist by the National Football League this past March after it was revealed he had been arrested for punching his then-girlfriend in the face. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, “sentenced” Rice to a two-game suspension. The punishment stood even after Goodell upped the ante to six games for any future player excursions into the realm of domestic violence.
Clearly, the suspension was inadequate — something the team was unwilling to acknowledge until today when it did a 180. The final straw was a surveillance video of the assault published by TMZ. (Warning: Extreme violence; viewer discretion advised.)
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