Rice suspended two games, fined a game check

Getty Images

The reports regarding the two-game suspension to be imposed on Ravens running back Ray Rice were mostly accurate, but ultimately incomplete.  The league has announced that Rice will be suspended two games and also fined an additional game check.

The decision will result in $705,0882 in lost salary for Rice.  The Ravens also could try to recover $352,941 of Rice’s $15 million signing bonus, paid in 2012.

Since the Ravens play on Thursday night in Week Two, he’ll be back on Friday, September 12, before the rest of the league has played its second game.

“As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Rice.  “The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”

The suspension has been widely criticized as being too soft, even though the league-owned network has described the punishment as an example of the NFL’s iron fist.

That’s an unfortunate metaphor in cases of domestic violence.  In this specific case, many would also say it’s inaccurate.

112 responses to “Rice suspended two games, fined a game check

  1. There’s another Football Team in Maryland? Rice would be 5th string on the Redskins roster behind Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson. #MDbelongstotheRedskins

  2. $705k…and 2 games…that’s all he gets for being a wife beater?
    I’m sure his lawyers say that he’s “sorry” and “won’t do it…… er get caught doing it again”

  3. Let’s move on already. He beat a woman. He’s hated for that. Went to trial and got his due process. Suspended for violating the NFL’s rules that THEY agree with the suspension to be sufficient. It’s over now.

  4. “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL,”

    Not just part of the NFL. Everywhere.

  5. Considering how this website like to claim the moral high ground on the Redskins name, why are they being so timid about abuse towards women by members of the NFL?

  6. ben got six games FOR NOTHING..no arrest, no court case, no guilty verdict…and this loser knocks his wife out cold and gets two games??

  7. Woman beater. Even worse, he beats the woman he is supposed to protect. Pathetic job justice system. Whe carrying a marijuana roach is more of a crime than knocking your wife unconconcious. Or is this just a double standard with rich athletes. Shame on our leaders, shame on Ray. He should be in jail for assault.

  8. Who cares about the money and games missed… He should be in jail. Only worms hit women

  9. He’ll miss 2 important divisional games vs the Bengals and the Steelers.

    Way to be a team player and add value to your employers organization Ray.

  10. i still don’t get why violence against women is somehow worse then violence in general???

    we should be teaching our kids that violence against ANYONE is wrong, regardless of gender

    i thought women wanted equality???

  11. Good thing he didn’t take a decongestant. That would have been 4 times the money and twice the games suspension. Yup, when choosing how to mess up, always pick domestic violence if you’re in the NFL, because punishment will not be as harsh.

  12. Smoke dope, which is legal in half the states in the US, and you are out of football indefinitely. Knock your fiance out, in public, on camera, lose two games and only one game check.

    Goodell has lost all sense of proportion.

  13. I am sure that Goodell also took into account that Ray’s (now) wife apologized for getting knocked out. (heavy sarcasm)
    WTF? barely a slap on the wrist.

  14. So when ratio’d against my paycheck I can get away with beating my fiancee for 2 months off of work and a $15,000 fine?

    She best not make me mad tonight!

  15. Justice…NFL style! Seriously, you can’t even make this crap up. A guy gets caught smoking hippie lettuce and gets 4 games minimum. A guy pounds his wife unconscious in an elevator and gets 2 games. Am I missing something here? Oh, yeah, drugs can hinder a player’s ability which impacts gambling odds. Whereas, beating women is just something that has no effect on the game score. Great job, Rog!!!

  16. So a man who hits a woman is given two games suspension and a petty fine, but don’t you dare speak out against gay marriage or the LBGT and media be calling for your head! Bet Rice would have been cut if he did just that! Way to go America!

  17. Look on the bright side Ravens fans – by missing game #2 at least you don’t have to watch him get multiple personal fouls because Timmons and the D is completely in his head, like last time they played.

  18. Let’s just acknowledge that the NFL only punishes violence because it has to. But if a guy smokes some weed, he’s the scurge on the planet. Roger Goodell END THE PERSECUTION OF WEED AND USE THAT ENERGY TO PERSECUTE DV!

  19. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 24, 2014 1:45 PM

    So when ratio’d against my paycheck I can get away with beating my fiancee for 2 months off of work and a $15,000 fine?

    She best not make me mad tonight!

    ——————————————————-

    You make $240K per year & are commenting on PFT during work hours? Are ya’ll hiring?

  20. So, Jonathan Vilma and everyone else involved were ALLEGEDLY involved in a program that may or may not have existed that pertained to hitting fully padded players with intent to harm. Ok. Year long suspensions and names tarnished.

    Ray Rice beats a tiny woman in public. Ok. 2 games suspension and all will be forgotten as soon as the pink ribbons come out in October.

    If only there was a pending wife beating lawsuit against the NFL. Then Goodell would be foreced to act.

  21. Maybe Josh Gordon should look into domestic violence to reduce his suspension. This is utterly ridiculous, the discrepancy in punishment is unbelievable.

  22. Probably will be received with cheers from the crowd at M&T when he comes back if the Ravens running game underachieves in the 2 games he’s gone.. Why? Because he a heck of a guy! Sad..

  23. From a “for the league” angle this punishment is worse for the league than the act being punished.

    No way possible that beating a woman is only 1/4 as bad as burning a doob on your own time. It’s just not reality.

    Goodell and anyone else involved really really screwed this one up…BAD.

  24. What a joke! SMH – Goodell and the league offices
    should be ashamed of themselves.

    “The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. ”

    Goodell should suspend himself for a year
    for tarnishing the integrity of game and
    making the league office look like a bunch of bumbling tools.

  25. Icognito suspended the rest of the season for being mean to Jonathon Martin, Coach Priefer gets suspended 3 games from anti gay remarks, Josh Gorden gets suspended entire season for marijuana…

    Ray Rice suspended 2 games for knocking his girlfriend out cold, dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator.

    Seems legit.

  26. I will admit that what happened between Ray rice n wife doesn’t look good, but seriously can anymore on here tell me d facts or what happened on that day?? All u know is what the media put out there.

  27. @joeflaccoallday

    It’s over now?

    You’re obviously seriously lacking in PFT experience friend.
    This is just the beginning. Wait till he hits the road this year and touches the ball.
    Over now?

    Camera Gate nonsense will never end and neither will this. Seadderal will never end, either

    #RayRiceisforevertarnished
    #RayLewisisforevertarnished

  28. There is no justice in the NFL. It’s all backwards. Get caught with a banned substance-you’re done for the year. Knock your partner unconscious and drag her around like a rag doll-you get 2 games and a few bucks taken from you. Roger Goodell is a joke.

  29. In a letter to Rice, Goodell stated:

    “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.
    —————————–
    I got 3 girls & I live in D.C. the Ravens games come on every week. My oldest seen the video of Ray dragging his now wife. I cant read this to her & fully explain why he is playing this year & that he only suspended 2 games this year. We will see him celebrating after games the Ravens win. It’s a shame.. The letter is a complete contradiction!

  30. If people are really upset about this, then do something: boycott Ravens’ games. There are road games in Dallas, New Orleans (1 exhibition, 1 regular season), Cleveland, Indianapolis, Tampa, Cinci, Pittsburgh, Miami and Houston. Boycott M&T Bank Stadium. Or at least, don’t buy jerseys, hats, programs or concessions at Ravens games. Boycott Ravens sponsors. Hit owners where it counts and they will change.

    Until the owners feel the pain in their wallets, people like Ray Rice will continue to hit the people that should count the most to them.

  31. The last team in the world I’d ever defend is the Steelers. However, Ben got 6 games and received zero charges, a trial or anything. Goodell gave him 6 games because of what a couple of chicks said he did to them. Now we have video evidence of a guy knocking his wife out and he gets 2. Makes complete sense if you don’t think about it.

  32. All these raven fans defending this slug is almost as bad as the crime itself, and Harbaugh saying “it’s not a big deal” shows the lack of any kind of character. He should be kicked out of the league for saying that alone. How would he like it if someone punched his wife or a beloved female in his life? Raven fans, first ones criticizing other teams players, but defending a wife beater because he’s on their team. Lame organization, loser, uneducated fans. You NEVER hit a woman.

  33. Ray 1 – plea bargains his way out of being involved in a murder – gets no fine/suspension.

    Ray 2 – beats his wife to be – and she seems to be forgiving of him – loses 2 games and a paycheck…

    Seems about right to me.

  34. You punch a woman so hard you knock her unconscious and the NFL thinks that only merits a two game suspension, but smoke a plant that it is legal to smoke in many States and you get suspended for a year.

    Ok, I think I understand the NFL’s message now.

  35. Ray Rice is losing out on a lot more than $705 thousand. This story squashes any endorsement deals for him.

  36. Ray Rice made a huge mistake. The punishment should have been more severe. However, it sickens me to read all the self-righteous comments on here. The human heart is wicked. All of you are capable of similar or worse acts if provoked. If you doubt it, just read the news. Yank that 2×4 out of your own eye first…

  37. I love the revisionist history by the posters on here. He didn’t “beat his wife”, he didn’t “knock her out” or even unconscious. What he did was wrong. It was a drunken night with his fiancé that got way out of hand. She readily admits that and they both took responsibility.

    But go ahead and make stuff up since you’re all Ravens haters and not really football fans at all. You are all the same people that say Ray Lewis murdered someone. Just making stuff up and throwing it out there when none of it is truth.

    Now, lets get to actual football and talking about the game, oh wait, that doesn’t happen on this site. And neither will my post as for some reason they are never published.

  38. But… Don’t forget to wear pink in October Ray, so we can make a profit… Man, the NFL is such a joke

  39. I overheard a woman talking about the punishment Ray Rice received for knocking his girl out cold…

    …She said, “THAT GUY IS NUTS”…

    …and she was not talking about Ray Rice…

    …she was referring to Roger Goodell.

  40. This is ridiculous.

    And the fact that Goodell said his wife coming and apologizing herself made it softer is even more ridiculous.

    Who the heck do you think is feeding this woman? She knows darn well that if he gets suspended 4 games, she loses the same amount of money he does. Theyre stinking married…

    I dont understand why his punishment is softer than other people who broke the law for the first time.

  41. I wonder if Goodell would have given him a stiffer punishment if Ray Rice slugged HIS wife, Jane Skinner…..this is so pathetic it’s not funny….there you go NFL Players, now you know you can slug your wife and it’ll only cost you a couple of games.

  42. I think I speak for all non-Ravens fans when I say I hope Ray Rice gets lit up and knocked out of a game just like he blew his wife up. SMDH.

  43. Goodell’s statement is worse than the so called punishment.
    The league will not tolerate this behavior wink wink… Integirty? They wouldn’t know inegirty if it him them in the face like a Ray Rice punch to his fiance’s face.
    The leagues network, run by the league, tells you they rule with an iron fist. No, Rice hit his wife with an iron fist. The league rules with a policy of Don’t take drugs, but its ok to beat your wife or get a DUI…
    I love football but it gets harder and harder to root for some of these criminals and a league that enables them.
    Goodell is doing his best to kill the goose with the golden football.

  44. What a joke this is. So much for the tough commish. When he puts her in the hospital will he get 3 or 4. Again WHATJOKE!

  45. I hope somebody does to him what he did to her someday, that would be the only justified punishment

  46. Dear Mr. Goodell,

    I am a female, life long fan of the NFL. A majority of the time I don’t agree with the criticism you are subjected to. But in this case you are 100% wrong. You have just alienated many female fans by condoning physical violence against women.

    How would you feel if someone punched your wife in the face and knocked her out? How would you feel if someone punched your daughters in the face and knocked them out?

    You have just lost all credibility with me. But, don’t let that bother you. I’m just one female that isn’t even a blip on your high and mighty radar.

    You are a useless SOB.

  47. Hey Ozzy….would 2 games be fair if it was your daughter that tough guy Rice knocked out. I used to have respect for you Ozzy.

  48. He can’t sell tickets if he is not playing. ESPN needs to bring Playmakers back. Only now it would be considered too tame and sugar coated.

  49. Absolutely no respect for ray rice as a man. How can you call yourself a man after this? Even more disgusting is the NFL and Roger Goodell for the punishment they handed down. Domestic abuse as a professional athlete equates to a two game suspension. Even with video evidence. Both the NFL and NFLPA have failed in handling this situation. They should be ashamed of the inconsistent rulings they have made.

  50. ROGER GOODELL SHOULD BE FIRED. HE ALLOWS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. COME ON WOMENS RIGHT GROUPS.

  51. Goodell needs to be fired. If I screwed up my job half as bad as he has, I’d have been unemployed a LONG time ago

  52. In Maryland, assault is either a Felony or Misdemeanor based on the circumstances. Alternatively, possessing 1oz or less of marijuana is only a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100.

    Somehow the NFL has a contorted view that the punishment for smoking marijuana should be more harsh than the punishment for domestic violence (assault).

    Ridiculous.

  53. The only way to make sense out of the inequities in the way The Raj metes out justice is to look at it as an extension of the NFL’s PR arm. It can’t be about justice, there are just to many inconsistencies.

    Rice did some things to mitigate the bad press, like marrying his victim and electing to take a quick guilty plea and a first offense diversionary program — no negative news stringing out as a trial is conducted. All of the bad PR had quieted down, so the decision was to not mete out a long, attention-getting suspension that would have the game announcers talking about Rice’s absence for half the season.

    Personally, I think he screwed up, even by his own decision-making criteria. The NFL is targeting women as a market segment where they would like to gain share, and he just ticked off a significant chunk of that segment.

  54. NFL: See you in stadiums this fall

    We can’t wait to beat you

    -The Baltimore Ravens

  55. i still don’t get why violence against women is somehow worse then violence in general???

    There are still some real men out here, and that’s the way it works. When you’re 45 minutes from response to a 911 call, you had better be ready to dispense some violence if necessary to protect your home and family.

    Decking a chick, not cool. Loserville.

  56. Seriously,I wish Roger Goodell would resign. This so-called “punishment” is an insult to women everywhere. He really went the coward’s route on this one.

  57. Goodell, being the gender challenged person that he is, knew he imposed a year suspension, Ray would give him the elevator treatment.

  58. C’mon people, you need to put on your thinking caps. There’s no values, morals, integrity, or conduct considered in the decision making process, this is about money – which is why y’all will never be filthy rich. A 4 game suspension would likely cost the Ravens 3 division losses, if there’s a chance that last year wasn’t a fluke and Ray isn’t washed up. Division talent is equalizing, making every division game a potential division-winning factor. Add in the loss of advertising revenue from sub-par baltimore-cincy/pittsburgh/cleveland matchups and you have more wallet pain. Hype-driven revenue fueled by only one out of two “best rivalry in football” games being aired compounds the pain. Take the criticism now (which will quickly be forgotten) and rake in the cash later.

  59. annapterp says:
    Jul 24, 2014 2:57 PM
    I love the revisionist history by the posters on here. He didn’t “beat his wife”, he didn’t “knock her out” or even unconscious. What he did was wrong. It was a drunken night with his fiancé that got way out of hand. She readily admits that and they both took responsibility.
    ——————————————

    What if it was your sister or mother who was assaulted this way?

  60. What does Rice think he is doing? Caveman era has passed a long time ago.

    The NFL I guess deems it semi okay to beat the crap out of your lady, but for God sake, don’t get caught smoking pot!

  61. What a joke! What bothered me even more was how ESPN seemed to be somewhat complicit in whitewashing this lack of NFL oversight. They had numerous never seen before commentators on their various shows today, who all supported the NFL’s level of punishment, and did so by using extremely lame comparisons. The most common was to declare that since this was a first time offense it was in-line with some other first time offense situations. The stupidity there, however, was that none of the other offenses mentioned were violence related, and are considered relatively mild offenses as things go. So, while a small handful of ESPN regulars called Goodell out for this pathetic misuse of power, ESPN provided plenty of opposing views, in order to appease the NFL, I’m sure. Overall, a really pathetic day at ESPN.

  62. Classless man, classless coach, classless team… period!!! Roger Goodell… what if it was ur daughter who got punched like a man, knocked out cold and drug like a cavewoman around on the floor? Would a progam, a fine, and suspension from work for two weeks b enough punishment to satisfy u??? I doubt it!!!

  63. Smoke a joint = entire season

    Accused of a crime with absolutely no evidence = 6 games

    Beat the hell out of a woman on video = 2 games

    My lady is pretty pissed and so are a lot of other dignified women I would imagine.
    Good job Roger.

  64. Would love to see a poll of NFL players/alumni with 20 something daughters on what they thought of this – and what they would do if it were their daughter RR hit…

  65. After reviewing that disgusting elevator I’ve determined this guy is a creepy violent maniac,.the now wife needs brain adjustment. Geez lady where’s your dignity and self respect. Fame and the big money is controlling her mind. Doesn’t want to head back to Target. What people will sink to for the all mighty dollar. They have a child. Wonderful. As far as the brainless Godell is concerned he blew this one. This guy should have been thrown out of the league. Saw Harbaughs comments on this incident and immediately had to go throw up. Pressure need to be put on Godell and the League to readdress the punishment

  66. Take a drug, get suspended four games. Beat your girlfriend, get suspended two games.

    Something not right about this.

  67. Originally I read that they broke up, not now I am hearing they are married. You would think they will get a divorce, but we’ll see.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!