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Rice caught a break on his one-game fine

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For the many who believe Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t go nearly far enough by suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice only two games for knocking out the woman who would later become his wife, Rice got another piece of favorable treatment.

Via ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the one-game fine attached to the two-game suspension will be calculated based on Rice’s 2013 base salary of $1 million, not his 2014 base salary of $4 million — even though the incident happened in 2014 and the suspension was imposed in 2014.

It reduces the fine from $235,529 to $58,823, a savings to Rice of $176,706.

That wrinkle wasn’t mentioned in the press release announcing the punishment, creating the reasonable impression that the money was coming from 2014:  “[H]e will be suspended without pay for the first two 2014 regular season games and fined an additional game check.”

Meanwhile, some have defended the league’s wrist-slap for Rice’s chin-punch by pointing to other language from the release:  “In May, Rice resolved the charges by entering into a pretrial intervention program. Under this program, he will not be prosecuted and is not required to serve jail time or pay any fine. After one year, the charges will be expunged and will not be part of Rice’s record.”

If the punishment from the league was truly intended to simulate the punishment imposed by the criminal justice system, why was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suspended four games for a civil lawsuit in 2009 and allegations that never culminated in an arrest in 2010?  The obvious explanation is that the NFL did its own investigation and concluded that unacceptable behavior occurred, and that Roethlisberger had become a repeat offender.  Which leads to the inescapable conclusion that the contents of the still-unleaked video of Rice punching the woman who became his wife supports the notion that Janay had crossed the line repeatedly before Ray reacted.

Maybe it’s time for that video to be released, since it happened in a public place and has become a matter of public concern.

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55 Responses to “Rice caught a break on his one-game fine”
  1. brandonj21 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:02 AM

    Florio …produce that video on your next PFT post and Ill forgive you for all your past corny , lame takes and unfunny jokes…

  2. 700levelvet says: Jul 25, 2014 7:04 AM

    The entire episode is a farce.. Plain and simple.

  3. steelerfan9598 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:05 AM

    So, the league’s opinion carries more weight than actual video evidence? Got it.

  4. jimmyt says: Jul 25, 2014 7:06 AM

    I don’t need to see the video. I’ve been on the recieving end of a drunk woman that “crossed the line repeatedly” and had to be physically stopped.

  5. 1mommicked1 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:08 AM

    so the nfl bases its punishment less on what the player did and more on the court’s settlments

  6. footballfan58 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:18 AM

    Sorry – no excuse for hitting a woman hard enough to knock her out.

    I am still boycotting all Ravens games. Roger is as much of a piece of trash as Ray Rice is.

  7. deucedeuce13 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:22 AM

    The contents of the video are a public concern? Umm just because you want to see what happened doesn’t make it a public concern. It’s done and overwith. Now that we know the leagues punishment, it can/should go away.

  8. joe6606 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:25 AM

    The video needs to be released. I’m shocked TMZ doesnt’ have its hands on it yet.

  9. shortycraig says: Jul 25, 2014 7:30 AM

    “Maybe it’s time for that video to be released, since it happened in a public place and has become a matter of public concern.”

    I would like to see this as well. If the LEOs saw this tape, deemed it OK for Janay and Ray to leave together that night I have to think it was not as bad as we fear.

    I also have to think that if the NFL saw this tape and gave Rice this light of a suspension it was not as bad as we fear.

    On another note, please stop with the whining about weed is worse than domestic violence. People are glossing over the fact that it is REPEAT offenders of the drug usage that is worse than domestic violence.

    Deadspin has a lovely article on suspensions since ’06 all worse than Rice’s and every single one of them are repeat offenses.

  10. smither871 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:31 AM

    So just to be clear, you beat a woman=two game suspension. You hit the hippie lettuce= one year suspension.

  11. scw1993 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:32 AM

    Good points in the article, but I bet this isn’t the first time he’s beaten a woman, it’s only the first time he was caught on video doing it. Typically, when the victim apologizes for being beaten, it’s happened before, and they really think it’s their fault. It’s so pitiful, this criminal belongs in jail, and the whole organization is garbage. I’m sure they’ll all hear about what other fans think of them when they play their away games. The NFL’s fine and “punishment” is a joke.

  12. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 25, 2014 7:43 AM

    Here are the excuses I have heard for why 2 games is enough:
    1. First offense – If the first offense was murder or child abuse, would it still be OK to be lenient? If not, then where is the line?
    2. She said it was her fault – Not saying that this is her situation, but I can’t say it isn’t either, but often victims of domestic abuse will say “its my fault”, or “He didn’t mean to do it”, or “this hasn’t happened before and I know he won’t do it again”. So her statements don’t mean much. Sorry, but that’s the way it has to be.
    3. We haven’t seen the rest of the video, so we can’t say what has happened, maybe it proves he did nothing wrong – If I was in this situation and the rest of the video could exonerate me, I would be working my hardest to get it released. Why haven’t we heard anything about it being released?

    Got any other excuses? I can’t think of one that says 2 is enough

  13. macbull says: Jul 25, 2014 7:54 AM

    With all the craziness over the Ray Rice fine and suspension, it sounds like some are questioning the judgement of Roger Goodell and the NFL.

    Ray Rice needed that extra money and the Ravens are going to need Ray Rice running the ball if they are going to challenge for a playoff birth in 2014.

    What is wrong with all of you ?

  14. tvjules says: Jul 25, 2014 8:02 AM

    Totally agree! Release the rest of the video, and let’s see Goodell explain it.

  15. ravenousravenousrhinos says: Jul 25, 2014 8:04 AM

    Just dying for that video to be released just in hopes it’s shows more dirt so you can keep all these negative Ravens posts going. I bet you’re working extra hours to get all these articles out.

  16. eaglesw00t says: Jul 25, 2014 8:08 AM

    Scumbag.

  17. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 25, 2014 8:09 AM

    How the NFL handled this situation is disappointing to say the least. The Ravens acted like it was her fault and then the NFL acts like he got a parking ticket. What’s even more disturbing is that you face much harsher consequences for PED or controlled substances but acts of violence are almost encouraged because the NFL doesn’t do anything about it. What a joke.

  18. sonofbaltimore82 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:13 AM

    PLEASE READ,…stupid Ravens hating b*tches:

    If the punishment from the league was truly intended to simulate the punishment imposed by the criminal justice system, why was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suspended four games for a civil lawsuit in 2009 and allegations that never culminated in an arrest in 2010? The obvious explanation is that the NFL did its own investigation and concluded that unacceptable behavior occurred, and that Roethlisberger had become a repeat offender. Which leads to the inescapable conclusion that the contents of the still-unleaked video of Rice punching the woman who became his wife supports the notion that Janay had crossed the line repeatedly before Ray reacted.

  19. ryanaammess says: Jul 25, 2014 8:15 AM

    Sports.

  20. laxer37 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:20 AM

    Rice’s punishment will come on the field when he returns and reminds everyone that his skills have diminished at an alarming rate.

  21. kadeeu says: Jul 25, 2014 8:21 AM

    Suspensions have nothing to do with the crime, but rather the amount of bad publicity generated. In the Goodell era, tarnishing the shield only has to do with how many bad segments appear on ESPN.

  22. Kaz says: Jul 25, 2014 8:29 AM

    Lesson learned. It’s better to knock out your “wife” then it is to smoke a little somethin somethin

  23. stixzidinia says: Jul 25, 2014 8:34 AM

    It happened on private property. While it may be a public place, the public is not “entitled” to see anything caught on its surveillance cameras. That said, if the supposed video evidence indicates what you claim then you’d think the NFL would want it released to lessen the heat its taking right now.

    Or maybe Goodell arranged for the tape to be destroyed. He does have a history.

  24. melikefootball says: Jul 25, 2014 8:36 AM

    I’m surprised that players don’t sue God-del and his office for the blatant inconsistency of his actions towards players. Way I understand it Ben was suspended on allegations and Ray was charged and arrested along with a video, maybe Gödel and his people had sun in their eyes that day.

  25. bucrightoff says: Jul 25, 2014 8:38 AM

    Goodell looks completely out to lunch with this farcial suspension and fine after what Adam Silver did. A racist was punished substantially harsher than a guy who physical abused a woman? Just doesn’t make sense.

  26. sbchampsagain says: Jul 25, 2014 8:41 AM

    Rice’s punishment fit the crime. It was his first offense, there were extenuating circumstances and the couple is working it out.
    Roethlisberger’s’s punsihment fit the crime(s) too. The investigaiton was immediately follwoing another rape accusation. It was becoming a pattern. At the time he was becoming a serial dirtbag.
    Glad both these guys appear to be cleaning up their acts. Hopefully they can both become model citizens like Ray Lewis did in the aftermath of the obstruiction of justice incident.

  27. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 25, 2014 8:43 AM

    everyone only saw half the evidence .no one knows what happened inside elavator.how do we know she was punched?hes moving on so should we..

  28. dontstabmeray says: Jul 25, 2014 8:45 AM

    scumbag

  29. clipper522 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:47 AM

    Brandon Marshall seems to be a well-liked guy now. He hit a woman.

    Big Ben sexually assaulted a woman (prob worse than physical assault) and is still embraced by his team.

    Both players are top-performers at their position.

    If Ray Rice has a high-performace season in 2014, that will take care of everything.

    Fair? Maybe not. But that’s the way it is.

    Can’t wait for this story to fizzle out and on we go to the media’s next target.

  30. GettingNoRespect says: Jul 25, 2014 8:50 AM

    sonofbaltimore82,

    “still-unleaked video of Rice punching the woman who became his wife supports the notion that Janay had crossed the line repeatedly before Ray reacted.”

    so basically you are saying she deserved it?

  31. jmblosser82 says: Jul 25, 2014 8:51 AM

    In order to become a repeat offender one must first do something. Being accused of something doesn’t mean they did something. Rice was arrested and put into pretrial intervention, that alone should carry more than 2 games. Ben never arrested or been to trial got 6 games reduced to 4. This suspension is a joke.

    Gordon is getting a year because he is a repeat offender but how long do first timers get? Domestic abuse should be longer without a doubt.

  32. djlexluger says: Jul 25, 2014 8:57 AM

    I agree let’s see the tape! Obviously the prosecution saw the tape, and they didn’t think jail time or a trial was even needed. So show the tape so you all can stop complaining about repeat offenders getting suspended more than 2 games.

  33. abninf says: Jul 25, 2014 9:03 AM

    If the video didn’t make him look even worse we would have seen it.

  34. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 25, 2014 9:04 AM

    Very very embarrassing time in the NFL. The NFL shouldnt go pink in the fall and act like they care about our women. Be honest its ok to beat women as long as you’re a star player.

  35. frombalttosf says: Jul 25, 2014 9:19 AM

    Did you think that maybe Ray doesn’t want to release the tape to show his now wife in a bad light? What if she’s the one who’s yelling and hitting him? If they have kids at some point (not sure if they do now), would you, as a father want to be the reason that tape is out there?

    One tape is enough. The people who make decisions have seen it and passed judgement.

  36. bnn52 says: Jul 25, 2014 9:21 AM

    Goodell’s thought process and suspensions are beyond ridiculous at this point. The sure fact that a guy who beat his fiance and there is video evidence of said encounter gets a two game suspension, and Robert Mathis, a guy who took some fertility drugs so that his family could welcome a child into the world gets 4 games?

    What is this saying to the youth here in America? These players are idols to kids and you are basically telling them its ok to hit a woman and you will get a slap on the wrist.

    Then you have guys like Josh Gordon, who as a Browns fan I’ll admit has put himself in the position he is in, but if the reports are true that he in fact only missed a test while out of the country and didnt fail, and he gets a year, that will just add another awful Goodell decision to the list.

    Mark Cuban was right in that Goodell is going to be the downfall of what we all know as the best sport in the world. Take notes on what Adam Silver is doing in the NBA Roger, you are beyond outrageous and corrupt.

  37. steelcurtainn says: Jul 25, 2014 9:23 AM

    Although his punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Ray Rice cant run on the Steelers anyways. God-ell and company should be very embarrassed on how they handled this situation. God-ell should be suspended for two weeks. He’s a terrible commissioner.

  38. pete2112 says: Jul 25, 2014 9:37 AM

    This just in… The Ravens will be holding a parade for Ray Rice upon the completion of his suspension and all proceeds will go to Ray to help him recoup his lost wages and help support him in his time of need.
    There is also talk that the city of Baltimore will be giving Ray the key to the city for all of his hard work on learning how to treat women correctly.

  39. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 25, 2014 9:41 AM

    Just dying for that video to be released just in hopes it’s shows more dirt so you can keep all these negative Ravens posts going. I bet you’re working extra hours to get all these articles out.

    If the shoe fits…………..

  40. guitarkevin says: Jul 25, 2014 9:47 AM

    I find it ridiculous that people are blaming the Ravens for the punishment, or lack of punishment, on Ray Rice.

    Don’t blame the Ravens, blame the NFL. They have a history of light punishments for domestic abuse.
    If you’re going to boycott anything, boycott watching any NFL games and boycott the NFL entirely.

    Can you do that?

  41. addict2sport says: Jul 25, 2014 9:50 AM

    It’s cheaper to hit a woman than it is to hit a defenseless wide receiver.

  42. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 25, 2014 9:51 AM

    The suspension is not going to hurt the Ravens anyway. Ravens-Bengals and Ravens-Steelers games never come down to the running game or what Ray Rice does.

  43. dave20109 says: Jul 25, 2014 9:55 AM

    …”has become a matter of public concern.” Really? How is this a matter of public concern? Just because you are obsessed with everything to do with the NFL doesn’t mean this is a matter of public concern. If it was the President or a Governor, then it would be a matter of public concern. This is just you being nosy.

    I really enjoy the NFL. Professional football is great. Still the best game out there to watch. But, keep things in perspective. Mr. Rice likely did a bad thing. The court system meted out what they felt was appropriate punishment. They were the ones who have the right to see any video evidence. Not you. This is a simple case of battery- or, maybe, self defense. Not our concern. Just because people play football doesn’t mean they give up all of the rights the rest of us enjoy.

  44. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 25, 2014 9:55 AM

    Goodell’s double standard continues in many fashions. The NFL devotes an entire month to woman’s breast cancer and flowers the games with pink but they basically slap a guy on the wrist for punching out a woman in a public place.

  45. munny10 says: Jul 25, 2014 9:56 AM

    Absolute joke and horrible statement about the treatment of women – even if she did start it. You hit a woman so hard you knock her out – 2 game suspension?! I know the court system is a joke, but goodell is the real clown. I’m willing to bet Goodell comes to work in a tiny car and 10 people pile out of it. Absolute joke.

  46. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 25, 2014 9:57 AM

    I find it ridiculous that people are blaming the Ravens for the punishment, or lack of punishment, on Ray Rice.

    Don’t blame the Ravens, blame the NFL. They have a history of light punishments for domestic abuse.
    If you’re going to boycott anything, boycott watching any NFL games and boycott the NFL entirely.

    Can you do that?

    You have to blame the Ravens for something because since day 1 all they have been saying is that Rice wouldn’t do that, Rice is a model citizen, there is more to the story…….blah blah blah. It would have been better for Harbaugh and Newsome just to say “no comment”.

  47. pete2112 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:31 AM

    @ guitarkevin,

    You do realize Baltimore could discipline Ray on their own as well. Don’t make it sound like The Ravens are powerless and are just an innocent bystander in this matter.

    The suspension is a joke and it’s sending the completely wrong message and I don’t care about the whole first offense crap. When you knock a woman out and you essentially get a slap on the wrist it’s wrong. Period.

  48. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 25, 2014 10:47 AM

    You can’t expect an organization like the Ravens to think beyond the dollars. Scumbags run the ravens so scumbags play for the ravens and a lot of their fans are scumbags. However this didn’t start with Ricebut with Lewis. It’s in their DNA

  49. clipper522 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:52 AM

    enoughofthatalready says:
    Jul 25, 2014 9:57 AM
    You have to blame the Ravens for something because since day 1 all they have been saying is that Rice wouldn’t do that, Rice is a model citizen, there is more to the story…….blah blah blah. It would have been better for Harbaugh and Newsome just to say “no comment”.

    Ozzie Newsome “We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”

    John Harbaugh, “He makes a mistake, alright? He’s going to have to pay a consequence. I think that’s good for kids to understand it works that way. That’s how it works, that’s how it should be.”

    Tell me how the Ravens are denying this ever happened. They are supporting a man who needs help, making him pay the consequences given to him, and helping make sure this never happens again.

    Leave the organization out of this when its an individual’s mistake. You want to lash out on an organization, go bash Cleveland for their owner committing criminal fraud and paying his way out of federal indictment. But that’s another story, one which you are too ignorant to see most likely.

  50. gtownbengals says: Jul 25, 2014 11:05 AM

    Justice NFL style…..punch out a women…….get a slap on the wrist.

  51. jmblosser82 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    dave20109, actually they do give up certain rights. What regular person has a morality cause for their day to day business? Rice gets suspended 2 games and loses a check for a third for hitting a woman, Roethliesburger gets suspended 4 games just getting accused of an action. The “court” of the NFL doesn’t follow the same court the rest of us are held accountable for.

  52. gabrosin says: Jul 25, 2014 11:34 AM

    If the video showed Ray Rice as the aggressor, someone would have leaked it, and the punishment would have been harsher.

    If the video showed Janay Parker as the aggressor, who would leak it? Not Ray Rice. Not the NFL. Not the casino.

    The video has not been leaked.

  53. jlw12 says: Jul 25, 2014 12:47 PM

    This is the TENTH Ray Rice related article, for anyone that missed the previous 9. Anyway, we can’t say he hit her or”knocked her out” because the video didn’t show that. Everyone that actually knows what happened has felt it appropriate to give Rice an equivalent of a warning. But I get it, you, who knows nothing, knows better. Proceed.

  54. iamedreed says: Jul 25, 2014 12:50 PM

    can we stop with the whole “its never ok to hit a women” because all we are doing is giving these crazy druk girls a free pass to beat on men without repercussions. If Janay didn’t want to be knocked out maybe she shouldn’t have escalated the situation to a violent one

    i don’t believe in violence period, regardless of gender it is wrong to hit another person

    mortonsen is reporting she hit him in the face several times before he punched her in the face and she hit her head on the railing and got knocked out. sounds like self defense to me

  55. fearthehoody says: Jul 25, 2014 10:03 PM

    Classless player on a classless organization!

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