Lenient penalty for Ray Rice troubling proof of where NFL's priorities lie

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    Going to post this here rather than the Den or Swamp Gas, because I think it would end up here anyway.

    Message received, Roger Goodell. Loud and clear.

    When it comes to running afoul of the law and NFL rules, 'tis worse -- far worse -- in the league's eyes to take some Adderall or smoke some marijuana than it is to, say, allegedly knock your fiancée out cold and then drag her unconscious body from a casino elevator.

    Ravens running back Ray Rice reportedly will serve a two-game suspension to open 2014 (ESPN's John Clayton says no appeal is expected) for a rather sickening incident with his then-fiancée at an Atlantic City casino. Video from the casino's security cameras captured Rice pulling a limp Janay Palmer around by her arms, moments after it's believed he punched her.

    Rice apologized in May, at a bizarre and uncomfortable press conference hosted by the Ravens, that also featured Palmer saying sorry for "the role I played in the incident that night." The Ravens' own Twitter account even tweeted out that Palmer comment, highlighting it for the public, as if it wasn't bad enough that she felt it necessary to deliver a mea culpa in the first place.

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/07/24/ray-rice-suspension-roger-goodell-baltimore-ravens
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    but don't let a former Coach who is a devout Christian say he would not have drafted the homosexual because of all the issues it would cause in the lockerroom
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    I do think its lenient compared to drug offenses.
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    Yeah. I was shocked by the 2 games. 4 for smoking dope, the same week, for Ace Sanders.
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    Seems like they would up the suspension though if he fails to complete the diversion program or is sentenced.
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    I would be more lenient over someone smoking weed than someone hitting a woman
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    actually far more lenient than what Ben Roethlisberger got 6 games for. He was never charged with anything, just accused.
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    It all needs to be changed if they have any desire to change the culture. This one is pretty bad though, that woman was out cold and was on the news for all to see.
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    The case hasnt been resolved. As I mentioned before, I would imagine they would increase the suspension if he doesnt complete the program or is sentenced. 2 games is light, but hes a first time offender, and the case is still pending, so its hardly a final disciplining either, unless he is on his absolute best behavior going forward.
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    The NFL can't be that stupid to understand that this is bad PR. What excuse could there possible be for a big bad football player to knock a woman out cold?
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    I doubt possible bad PR factors much into their decision making. I dont want to defend the NFL or anything, but just for once I'd like the "this is bad PR / bad for the league" people actually organize and not consume the product, and actually force the NFL's hand on something. The NFL is immune from bad PR, because people consume their product avidly. As long as there are butts in seats, good lobbyists employed and mega-TV ratings, they can pretty much rule without accountability.
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    If no one ever forces their hand nothing will get done and it will be business as usually.
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    Yup, this is just fodder for a 48 hour talk radio /ESPN cycle, and in a few days it will be on to discussing the top 10 fantasy RBs.
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    So you don't think that a product such as the NFL should not be held in check by the public and be able to do as they choose? Why not discipline players at all so they can keep the best product on the field at all times for viewership? We had a guy caught up in dog fighting and they took adequate action, but a guy knocks out woman and not big deal.
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    Rice isn't really a top 10 fantasy RB anymore
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    I'm saying the public doesnt hold them in check, so they can pretty much operate with little accountability from the public. So, all I see is complaining. Until the public puts a dent in viewship or the bottom line, its just chatter.

    As for the Vick situation, I'm not sure everyone viewed his punishment as "adequate" either. Or the Stallworth punishment, etc.
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    Well I guess you feel the punishment fits the crime in this case.
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    Uh, ok. Not sure where you got that from. But this seems to be the game you play, asking strawman-ish questions or outright putting words in my mouth.
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    The NFL will continue to get the same amount of my money as they have been getting for a good many years. Very little. I would say none but I do occasionally watch a game on TV.

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