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Roger Goodell defends Ray Rice punishment

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked to a few reporters Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his first chance to address the furor over the Ray Rice suspension.

And he said little to pacify those who thought it might be too light.

“Our policy is clear,” Goodell said. “We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL.”

Goodell said the two-game suspension Rice received for knocking out his wife was consistent with other cases, since Rice is a first-time offender.

That’s not necessarily consistent with previous punishments (such as Ben Roethlisberger’s six-game suspension that became four), but Goodell said he expects reaction.

“When we make decisions, we we always get reactions,” Goodell said. “We understand it, we listen to it and we use it to make ourselves better.”

Goodell took exception to some of the public mockery (such as Jon Stewart’s) which compared Rice’s punishment to heavier punishment for drug offenses, leaning back on the collectively bargained nature of the drug policy.

But as much as he’d like to believe this one is tied up in a neat little bow, it’s clear that this will be an ongoing PR battle for the league.

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  1. chad504boy says: Aug 1, 2014 1:15 PM

    ESPN should suspend Roger Goodell for a week.

  2. Heretopissuoff says: Aug 1, 2014 1:16 PM

    Yes domestic violence is unacceptable Roger but according to ur system is more acceptable than substant abuse…….
    Khalil Mack>Clowney and Barr

  3. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 1, 2014 1:17 PM

    Adam Silver got a reaction when he took a stand and decided to force Donald Sterling out of the NBA.

    That reaction was about the opposite of the Ray Rice suspension. Make the right decision and the reaction is quieter, even positive.

    Lame excuse.

  4. Marshawn Lunch says: Aug 1, 2014 1:17 PM

    “We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is acceptable in the NFL.”

    Fix that for ya, Roger.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 1, 2014 1:17 PM

    FUN FACT: The prosecutor who gave ray rice diversionary treatment for knocking out his wife and dragging her thru a casino is a republican who was nominated by chris christie.

    SEE: Atlantic County Prosecutor jim mcclain

  6. cajunaise says: Aug 1, 2014 1:18 PM

    “We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL.”

    …but not that big of a deal.

  7. milkmandanimal says: Aug 1, 2014 1:18 PM

    “We have a firm policy regarding soft punishments for domestic violence.”

  8. pinchekeith says: Aug 1, 2014 1:19 PM

    I hope the full video comes out and makes all the blowhards feel stupid for judging so harsly an event they never witnessed for themselves.

  9. discountdoublecheck says: Aug 1, 2014 1:19 PM

    It’s a travesty and a sham and a mockery…it’s a traveshamockery!

  10. rickywatts80 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:21 PM

    It was an appropriate punishment… thinks nobody.

  11. si1m says: Aug 1, 2014 1:21 PM

    Rest of the world incapable of accepting it as a done deal. The mob demands blood like this is Gladiator pleading with Commodus for a thumbs down. move on with your lives. Its becoming sad to keep whining about it.

  12. jscruisen says: Aug 1, 2014 1:23 PM

    Roger, you’re as classless as they come! To say the league has to be consistant is ignorant! So smoking pot as a first offender is equal to beating the hell out of a woman? Or one player accussed of rape, (no video evidence) not convicted, charges dropped, gets six games, but a player on camera knocking out his girlfriend gets two. I hope the 47% of women that watch and support NFL football boycotts the league completely until you get a clue, or step in a MMA ring and let someone knock you out!

  13. jkulha86 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:23 PM

    Goodell’s retirement can’t come soon enough. To bad it wont be for a while.

  14. attorneyfootballtalk says: Aug 1, 2014 1:23 PM

    Thumbs Up if you find smoking a little weed LESS offensive than punching and knocking out a woman.

  15. youpeopleareallthesame says: Aug 1, 2014 1:24 PM

    Ever notice how you can say the same words over and over and they stop having meaning? Goodell has to be getting close to that feeling by now

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 1, 2014 1:24 PM

    “We have a very firm policy that ethnic cleansing is not acceptable in the Germany”

    – adolf hitler (1942)

  17. greenbaydean says: Aug 1, 2014 1:26 PM

    Everyone who’s so outraged by Rice only getting 2 games as punishment, the name Redskins, the NFL policy on pot, ect. Put your money where you’re mouth is and stop watching the NFL on tv, going to the games and buying their merchandise.

  18. moochach says: Aug 1, 2014 1:26 PM

    The Ravens owner does not hold his players accountable for bad behavior, instead he defends them and protects them from consequences of their actions. Roger works for the owner’s, including Bisciotti. There are teams that expect their players to be good people and good players – and there are a couple teams like the Ravens that will consistently sweep the worst behavior and actions under the rug to protect a good player.

  19. tjacks7 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:27 PM

    Weak. It’s really an embarrassment to the NFL, it’s employees, it’s fans, and domestic violence victims. Further proof that Goodell is unfit for his current position (as if we needed any more).

  20. trollkiller55 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:28 PM

    Goodell….I’m starting to believe you really do think women somehow sometimes deserve to be hit

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:28 PM

    Goodell, once again trying to defend the indefensible

  22. Eli Pacheco says: Aug 1, 2014 1:29 PM

    Five arrests in an offseason is not a good look, Baltimore Ravens.

  23. destructicus says: Aug 1, 2014 1:30 PM

    It’s (si1m, note the apostrophe) becoming sad that this isn’t being fixed by Goodell, the NFL, or the Ravens.

    A mistake was made and accountability is expected.

    I hope nobody quiets on the issue until a bold move to correct this mistake is made.

  24. coleman121280 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:30 PM

    To much that has been given, much is expected. expectations failed…

  25. valentino8100 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:31 PM

    Guess if you have a problem with the way the NFL does business then you are free to both not watch or participate and/or start your own league.

  26. salmen76 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:32 PM

    Doesn’t surprise me that RG defends the lenient punishment ray rice received. Because RG is the one that handed down the lenient punishment. It’s called “Pride of Authorship”. RG has a very very fragile ego. Most successful men do. For RG to change the punishment to a more severe level would mean to him that he made a mistake. Besides, RG loves the Ravens. They are his favorite team. The Saints on the other hand are RGs least favorite team. That’s why he handed down one year suspensions to coach Payton and Greg Williams for a “pseudo” bounty scandal. And they didn’t even knock anybody out. Crazy! What a world. I love NFL Football. But i DESPISE Roger Goodell! Geaux Saints!

  27. chargrz says: Aug 1, 2014 1:33 PM

    I wonder is Goodell would feel the same if someone punched out his wife?

  28. vikefan284296 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:33 PM

    “Honestly you’d think we’d be less harsh on drug abuse since I’ve been smoking God-knows-what since I became commisioner.”

  29. waldoampere says: Aug 1, 2014 1:33 PM

    “I hope the full video comes out and makes all the blowhards feel stupid for judging so harsly an event they never witnessed for themselves.”

    What in God’s name could the video show? Unless she pulled a gun on the guy there’s nothing left to judge.

  30. jtbsteeler says: Aug 1, 2014 1:33 PM

    Feels good to have Goodell and the Ravens in the same crosshairs.

  31. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Aug 1, 2014 1:33 PM

    Roger Goodell, you are a disgrace. Turn in your keys, your company credit cards, and the car. We are letting you go.

    -NFL fans across America

  32. dbfan4ever says: Aug 1, 2014 1:34 PM

    8 gm suspension at a minimum 16 games is even better. Rice is lucky he plays in the nfl because anyone with a regular job would be fired!

  33. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Aug 1, 2014 1:34 PM

    I wonder what mrs goodell thinks?

  34. raiderufan says: Aug 1, 2014 1:34 PM

    How could anyone possibly think that the punch video could help him in any way? An NFL player punched and knocked out a worked up woman half his size…what is it you expect to see her doing that justifies him hitting her with an uppercut and so caringly dropping her in the hall?

  35. mrmidevil says: Aug 1, 2014 1:36 PM

    This while thing is just another example of goodels bias. Gives a “blackeye” to the nfl….goes right along with rice’s crime

  36. erikmc10 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:36 PM

    Why does everyone act like the NFL is the primary discipline mechanism for crime?

    If the crime had any merit from the government, he would NOT have been able to play games anyway (because he’d have been in jail).

    In any event, go after the source of the problem not the NFL.

  37. FinFan68 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:39 PM

    Ray rice was essentially handed a fine of approximately $500,000 from his employer for a single incident of domestic violence that did not result in death or hospitalization. Regardless of the legal system, I challenge all those that say it isn’t enough to cite a case where a first offender received more punishment than Rice got. Just one.

    It is a serious issue but the NFL has handled it appropriately.

  38. omegalh says: Aug 1, 2014 1:39 PM

    When did the NFL become the fourth branch of the government? Let the courts handle it.

  39. surfinbird1 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:40 PM

    So if a player punches and knocks out Goodell we’re talkin two weeks. Right!

  40. quickdraw85 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:43 PM

    Big Ben wasn’t even charged. And I’m sure that a Super Bowl winning qb wasn’t targeted by some money hungry —— that never happens……..wait, it happens all the time. I hope ray rice’s kneecaps have bullseyes on them. Woman beating piece of garbage.

  41. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 1, 2014 1:45 PM

    I may be the lone supporter of Goodell and his crackdown on this league of spoiled uneducated criminals in waiting, but he really REALLY missed on this one.

    Where’s that iron fist I so love?

  42. justintuckrule says: Aug 1, 2014 1:45 PM

    I hate Goodell.

  43. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 1, 2014 1:46 PM

    Btw- Big Ben deserved his suspension, and I’m a Steeler fan

  44. simplesimon1 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:47 PM

    What is going to be even worse is later today when Josh Gordon gets suspended for the year. On the same day that Goodell defends the 2 game suspension for Rice….SMH

  45. clashpoint says: Aug 1, 2014 1:47 PM

    Regardless of what opinion they might have on Rice’s punishment, I think the vast majority of football fans agree that Goodell sucks.

  46. kjack0077 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:48 PM

    Terrell Pryor suspended for 5 games for something he did in college and Rice only 2. Something stinks and now anytime any player is convicted of DV 2 days is the precedent. Now lets see what happens to Greg Hardy.

  47. crush22 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:48 PM

    pinchekeith says:
    Aug 1, 2014 1:19 PM
    I hope the full video comes out and makes all the blowhards feel stupid for judging so harsly an event they never witnessed for themselves.
    _________________________________
    Hey Einstein….HE admitted it. SHE admitted it.

  48. fivechampionships says: Aug 1, 2014 1:50 PM

    Sure, as the commissioner he should respond to an issue that has caused so much uproar. But not sure he should bother with much more of a response than this. Its clear that none of you will be happy with any response other than an increased punishment.

    Clearly he won’t be increasing the punishment because, well, you know, he’s actually seen all of the evidence in the case. I know, why waste time on details. Just kick him out of the league….

  49. nflpoker says: Aug 1, 2014 1:52 PM

    Let’s see if I get this right, if he put her into a coma, he would get suspended two games because he is a first time offender. What if killed her???

  50. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 1, 2014 1:52 PM

    What if he would have knocked out a buddy in the elevator who decided not to press charges? Probably no story at all? Just wondering. Seems like we “qualify” violence.

  51. whitespeedreceiver says: Aug 1, 2014 1:52 PM

    “We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL.”

    And if Ray Rice punches another women, he’ll have to apologize to the NFL for embarrassing the shield.

  52. lateralus982 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:54 PM

    Fans should vote to put Rodger on the Madden cover next year.

    He’s such a joke. The NFL has gone downhill ever since he took over.

  53. montrealraider says: Aug 1, 2014 1:54 PM

    Nobody cares about if its collectively bargained or not, if you go by precendent, etc.

    The bottom line is that the punishement you serve, balanced with the wrong doing associated, is a reflection of the values you project.

  54. jda129 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:54 PM

    The collective bargaining nature of the drug policy simply says that they as an NFL community feel strongly enough about cheating and drug use that they will impose a 4 game suspension on violators. I don’t see how Goodell fails to see that he CAN and SHOULD use that as a measure for other punishments. Which is worse Roger? Domestic violence or PED use? If you say domestic violence is worse than PED use your community has already made their statement on cheating with a 4 game suspension. The only choice is to make a stronger statement on domestic violence. This isn’t difficult to understand.

  55. pillowporkers says: Aug 1, 2014 1:55 PM

    The problem is all criminal charges were dropped. Yes, it was on video and everyone knows what happened, but the NFL was stuck between a rock and a hard place. People gripe about Goodell for “subjectively making up punishments”, and now they gripe about him sticking to the rules of conduct. Ray Rice had a clean record before this incident. I just don’t understand what people were expecting? Before the sentence I was going to assume between 2-4 games.

  56. jimmyt says: Aug 1, 2014 1:55 PM

    So then a four game suspension would make it right? This reminds me of Catholic guilt and sin. Do your penance and the sin is washed away.

  57. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 1, 2014 1:56 PM

    People need to stop acting like this suspension is out of line. It was 100% in line with every single player, with the exception of one- Big Ben’s 6 games (I’m not too proud to admit he got screwed). But look at DV arrests since 2006 and what suspensions they received:

    Santonio Holmes- NO suspension
    Jeremy Bridges- 2 games
    James Harrison- NO suspension
    Quinn Ojinnaka- 1 game
    Big Ben- 6 games (anomaly)
    Chris Cook- 10 games (FELONY DV charge)
    Brandon Marshall- NO suspension
    Dez Bryant- NO suspension
    Shawn Merriman- NO suspension

    Look at the spread- 9 guys. 5 with NO suspension. Then 1 game, 2 games, 6 for Ben who got screwed and Chris Cook who had a high profile felony charge. Does the NFL need to up their ‘standards?’ YES. But is Rice’s suspension out of line? No way.

  58. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 2:02 PM

    Goodell goes to the cop-out CBA defense. yeah well the personal conduct policy says owners, teams and league officials are subject to it as well.

    yet Irsay hasnt been fined or suspended, Wilf hasnt been fined or suspended, Haslam hasnt been fined or suspended. if you are going to go by letter of the law then you cant have it both ways

  59. jda129 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:02 PM

    The money is arbitrary. They lose 4 game checks for PEDs, so bringing his $500k for 2 games jusr reinforces the argumebt that they take more punitive action towards cheating. It’s not just about punishing Rice, it’s about protecting future victims.

  60. newguy925 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:03 PM

    The issue is the lack of consistency combined with the NFL’s “we aim for a league of outstanding citizens/role models” that is the undercurrent of their policies.

    There’s no point to having a recreational drug policy or behavioral conduct policy except PR.

    This is a terrible example of using your policies as a public relations tool.

  61. rufusporter says: Aug 1, 2014 2:04 PM

    The official NFL policy on violence against women is ‘No big deal’. This is after the league tried to have Brandon Browner kicked out for smoking a little pot. What a joke. The NFL can’t replace Goodell fast enough. Stop the bleeding!

  62. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 2:06 PM

    i believe also that the CBA also says a player must be paid for the position he plays the most. goodell u didnt seem to follow the CBA when Jimmy Graham was lined up as a WR so he coukd get more money.

    this clown needs to be fired. he selectively picks and chooses which lame argument to use.

    FIRE GOODELL! FIRE GOODELL!

  63. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:07 PM

    Do people know that his then girlfriend, now wife Janay was arrested for assault in Atlantic City as well? Just so people have the facts right–it’s not like Ray just went crazy & hit her out of nowhere. She initially attacked him (this was not in the video but it was in the police report) & this is why Janay was publicly apologizing.

    Many in the media were saying that Janay shouldn’t be apologizing for being ‘a victim’ but are they also saying only men should be held accountable for hitting for someone? Whatever was said in their argument, Janay was still wrong to hit Ray Rice first. That doesn’t mean she deserved to get knocked unconscious but she’s not w/o fault here.

    My guess is that this is why Goodell & NFL only suspended him two games. I’m not saying that this was right or wrong but Janay was not an ‘innocent victim’ which is again why;

    A) Why Janay was arrested in the first place
    &
    B) Why she was apologizing at that news conference

  64. enoughofthatalready says: Aug 1, 2014 2:07 PM

    Double standards and inconsistency……..it’s the NFL way.

  65. celticsforever says: Aug 1, 2014 2:08 PM

    “The Rice family has already been hit really hard once. We at the NFL saw no need to hit them again. NOW….. if Mr. Rice smokes a joint to (successfully) curb his anger management issues, he WILL be hit hard with a 4 game suspension and dragged out of the team facilities”.

    Signed Roger the Accountability Dodger.

  66. clashpoint says: Aug 1, 2014 2:08 PM

    Every time I see anything about Ben and his suspension, or the slanderous “Ben is a rapist” comments, I feel obliged to add what’s below:

    The first of Ben’s accusations was the hotel thing, but in chronological order:
    The accuser got fired for telling her co-workers she was in a relationship with Ben and she wanted to have his baby. That was against hotel policy concerning hotel guests, so yeah, they fired her. That was followed by Ben dumping her crazy self. When she vengefully tried to file charges against both Ben and the hotel, she was denied. When she tried to sue Ben, her co-workers signed depositions saying what she said about Ben that got her fired in the first place. Then Ben fought her civil suit for a long time, probably until lawyer fees outweighed everything else. No terms were ever announced. FACTS.

    The second accusation was from the bar bathroom thing:
    The accuser never tried to file charges at all, or even file a civil suit, basically saying she didn’t want to face all the crap she’d take over it. Plus, there was no DNA evidence when she claimed she was sexually assaulted, and Ben said they never even had sex at all – which is completely supported by the DNA findings, of course. So, she wasn’t going to win anything anyways. Go look all that up, too. FACTS.

    Gold diggers suck. Go get a job, losers!
    Ben got 6 for that, reduced to 4. Goodell sucks too!

  67. fivechampionships says: Aug 1, 2014 2:08 PM

    stop acting like you care about ‘future victims’. Where was all this outrage for the other 50 domenstic incidents that people have referred to on these posts?

    Stop acting like you care so much about domestic violence. Not one of you has done anything about it other whine on this site. This isnt your cause. You just want to jump on Goodell and Ray Rice because that is what people are doing these days.

    And stop acting like a 4 game suspension instead of 2 would have protected future victims.

    Clowns.

  68. dazehorn says: Aug 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    I am a huge Ravens fan I am finding it harder and harder to defend anything to do with this case. I hate this “first time offense” crap. A first offense for smoking pot is one thing, but how many times are we willing to let someone hit their wife before a serious suspension is brought down? This should be a zero tolerance policy. The NFL and Rog had an opportunity to make an example of Ray Rice and they failed, as we know by now. You suck, Rog.

  69. davikes says: Aug 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    Re Chris Cook and 10 games suspension. He eventually was found not guilty by a jury. Apparently legit claim of self defense. Coach Frasier sat him down before the trial, and he may have been injured as well.

    If you take that out of the equation, the average suspension time is really low per arrest. But an arrest is not a conviction, and I can see why teams don’t usually suspend someone without the legal system declaring them guilty. But if they are found guilty, or there is other incontrovertible evidence, the suspension should be at least twice what Ray got.

  70. dinodimes says: Aug 1, 2014 2:15 PM

    If the glove dont fit you must acquit… sincerely johnny cochran

  71. stillers213 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:18 PM

    Well Roger, look on the bright side. If you get fired, at least you will be able to run for mayor in Baltimore.

  72. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:25 PM

    ‘Look at the spread- 9 guys. 5 with NO suspension. Then 1 game, 2 games, 6 for Ben who got screwed and Chris Cook who had a high profile felony charge. Does the NFL need to up their ‘standards?’ YES. But is Rice’s suspension out of line? No way.’

    Ewtaw,

    Two women were accusing Big Ben of rape not domestic violence. No idea if either woman was telling the truth but ‘

    A) Clearly a potential rape (two separate allegations) scared the NFL more than the Ray Rice incident. The only thing worse is a murder. See Ray Lewis.

    B) Big Ben did eventual settle a civil suit w/ one of his accusers which you don’t need do when you’re innocent

    BTW–Ben’s suspension was eventually reduced to 4 games.

  73. johnc44 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:25 PM

    five championships,For you to call others clowns after your ignorant comments is amusing.
    If you want to defend a man punching a woman your obviously not much of a man.
    The outrage is more on this case because we`re not unsure about what happened or who to believe.
    We have seen and heard enough admission to know what happened and it is an outrage for them to act like you have to let it happen 2,3 ,4 times before taking it seriously.I feel sorry for all the women in your life.If there are any.

  74. weepingjebus says: Aug 1, 2014 2:25 PM

    So now liberals are upset that a Republican let a black man enter a rehabilitative diversionary program, rather than throw him in jail? You guys are really something.

  75. FinFan68 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:28 PM

    jda129 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 2:02 PM
    The money is arbitrary. They lose 4 game checks for PEDs, so bringing his $500k for 2 games jusr reinforces the argumebt that they take more punitive action towards cheating. It’s not just about punishing Rice, it’s about protecting future victims.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yes and no. Not one future victim would be protected. That would mean that the guy rationally analyzes the situation and possible consequences of an action he has not yet done–every single time. If that were the case, this particular incident would have never happened because of that analysis. As for the cheating taking a higher precedence in the NFL’s disciplinary policy, yes it probably does. Why wouldn’t it? Cheating directly affects the games themselves. Domestic violence (and other criminal activity) does not. Don’t confuse societal or civil justice issues (where domestic violence is obviously of higher importance than cheating) with the standards of conduct within an organization. Stealing would be a much higher offense in the banking or investment industries than it would be in other lines of work. I’m not saying domestic violence isn’t an important issue. All I’m saying is that the NFL is not the standard bearer for appropriate punishments for various crimes.

  76. ebrownwareagle says: Aug 1, 2014 2:31 PM

    I was raised “To never judge a mans reaction”. Meaning if You Spit in someone’s face couple with punching them in the mouth and busting there lip. Getting punched in the Face once ain’t so bad.even if you are a woman. To Bad said individual could not take the pressure when the act was reciprocated. Thus causing them to be knocked out. Only in America does someone want to Slap The Hell out of you, and then want you to forgive them with NO Retribution!

  77. b3nz0z says: Aug 1, 2014 2:31 PM

    i think he very eloquently summed up his contempt for the fans’ and general public’s opinions – “When we make decisions, we we always get reactions,” Goodell said.

  78. mdpgc says: Aug 1, 2014 2:33 PM

    Double standards and inconsistency……..it’s the way of the people, on here, who think Ms. Janay is the victim when she was one who started striking people 1st. If people don’t want to be hit, then keep your hands to yourself. People say guys shouldn’t hit females, true, but how many times are you going let a person strike you before you react in the same manner. Female or not, if you don’t want to hit keep your hands to yourself.

  79. southsidesteve86 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:33 PM

    How come none of this outcry is aimed at the State of New Jersey, who also reviewed the same evidence as the NFL?

    Maybe the actual evidence doesn’t fit everybody’s perceptions what they think happened.

  80. fivechampionships says: Aug 1, 2014 2:35 PM

    johnc wrote:
    five championships,For you to call others clowns after your ignorant comments is amusing.
    If you want to defend a man punching a woman your obviously not much of a man.
    The outrage is more on this case because we`re not unsure about what happened or who to believe.
    We have seen and heard enough admission to know what happened and it is an outrage for them to act like you have to let it happen 2,3 ,4 times before taking it seriously.I feel sorry for all the women in your life.If there are any.

    John – ‘Clowns’ refers to the 700 posts and out of ordinary outrage for something that has happened basically once a month for the 30 years I’ve been watching the NFL. Why is this so important all of the sudden. If you are genuinely interested in curbing domestic violence, I tip my hat to you. Buit 99% on here arent, and you know this.

    I never defended anything that he did. AND you have no admissions other than Ray saying he regrets what happened. Isnt it possible that the actual events were different than everyone is claiming/assuming? Wouldnt that explain why the punishment is so much more lenient that what everyone is calling for?

  81. trollkiller55 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:35 PM

    good for them

  82. kcflake says: Aug 1, 2014 2:36 PM

    Goodell is a Naïve, Arrogant, Entitled Commissioner. The Domestic Abuse Groups should go after him, like he is in Washington and his team name is the Redskins.

  83. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 2:36 PM

    Goodell’s stupidity makes perfect sense now. His wife was a former Fox news anchor. Why didnt you tell everyone that in the first place? Your stupidity makes perfect sense now.

  84. n2thaizzo says: Aug 1, 2014 2:37 PM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_players_and_coaches_suspended_by_the_NFL

    Can somebody tell me how this suspension is “consistent with other cases”

  85. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    ‘Then Ben fought her civil suit for a long time, probably until lawyer fees outweighed everything else. No terms were ever announced. FACTS.’

    Clashpoint,

    No terms were announced but he did ‘settle’ the civil suit which means there must have been some type of payment to the accuser.

  86. 6thsense10 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    attorneyfootballtalk says:
    Aug 1, 2014 1:23 PM
    Thumbs Up if you find smoking a little weed LESS offensive than punching and knocking out a woman.
    _——————
    The league will give you a thumbs up on that also. Players do not get suspended on the first failed drug test while they get suspended on the first instance of domestic violence.

  87. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    “Our policy is clear,” Goodell said. “We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL.”

    Of course, knocking out your finance with a right hook to her reset button is no where near as bad as a puff on a blunt and the inevitable munchies that follow.

  88. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:41 PM

    brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 2:36 PM

    Goodell’s stupidity makes perfect sense now. His wife was a former Fox news anchor. Why didnt you tell everyone that in the first place? Your stupidity makes perfect sense now.

    Browns,

    He’s also the son of a former U.S. Senator. The pieces all add up–the guy is a dirtbag.

  89. myfriendbobsacamano says: Aug 1, 2014 2:41 PM

    If what he did to her was sooo heinous, WHY did she marry him??

    He was drunk, she was drunk…did she pass out mostly for the hit, or inebriation? either way Never hit a woman. but, imo the fine was appropriate. Oh, did I mention she married him?

  90. richardernsberger says: Aug 1, 2014 2:45 PM

    Rice has not denied knocking her out….

    As for Goddell, the man is tone deaf about most things related to the league he runs. Maybe it’s because he spends too much time scheming about expanding the season to 20 games or putting a team in Asia, anything for the owners to make more money.

  91. SAV says: Aug 1, 2014 2:46 PM

    Ray Rice was the definition of model citizen before this, he deserves lienency. He’s the wrong guy to make an example out of.

  92. uglydingo says: Aug 1, 2014 2:48 PM

    There is no excuse acceptable for ever hitting a woman. Never.
    The NFL obviously missed an opportunity to send the right message re domestic abuse by showing such leniency to Ray Rice. The Commissioner is incapable of ever acknowledging that he made a mistake. 96% of NFL fans can see that Rice got off lightly with a token suspension.
    If Rice played for Cleveland, Miami or the Jets, he would have got a 4 – 6 game suspension. Certain teams, like Baltimore, appear to always get lucky.

  93. richardernsberger says: Aug 1, 2014 2:50 PM

    Why did she marry him, someone asks? Most intelligent people would not marry someone who assaulted them, but women, like men, are needy and make questionable (to put it politely) decisions–and no doubt the fact that he’s a wealthy pro athlete had something to do with it, too. There are women who marry murderers serving life sentences in prison. Seems insane, but hey….

  94. mogogo1 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:51 PM

    Not that he would, but I wonder if Roethlisberger wouldn’t have a case against the NFL to get some of his lost pay back? In light of the Rice punishment, Ben looks to have been wildly over-punished.

  95. fivechampionships says: Aug 1, 2014 2:52 PM

    ‘Rice has not denied knocking her out….’

    Of course he hasn’t! Come on, man. Do you really think he could actually come out and tell the truth if he didnt hit her? He has admitted that things got out of hand, yes. But its certainly more than possible that she was the aggressor, right? What is going to say? ‘No, I didnt punch her, I only pushed her and she fell’ (possible)? Or, ‘she was out of control hitting me and she fell because she was hammered’? (possible). His only choice here is to accept 100% responsibility, regardless of what really happened because that is the only response acceptable to the PC police and the mob.
    But he certainly has not admitted to knocking her out. Go check all the transcripts. While you are at it, check the police report and review the response by every authority that has seen all the facts.

  96. tjacks7 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:56 PM

    chargrz says:

    I wonder is Goodell would feel the same if someone punched out his wife?

    Given how insignificant he finds domestic violence, he’s likely beat us too the punch. No pun intended.

  97. whatjusthapped says: Aug 1, 2014 2:59 PM

    Maybe Rodger is just a fan of the Ravens, Ray Lewis was part of a posse that murder someone, what did he get for a suspension? Nada!

  98. newjerseygiants says: Aug 1, 2014 3:02 PM

    I’m sick of looking at this guy.

  99. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:07 PM

    ‘I never defended anything that he did. AND you have no admissions other than Ray saying he regrets what happened. Isnt it possible that the actual events were different than everyone is claiming/assuming? Wouldnt that explain why the punishment is so much more lenient that what everyone is calling for?’

    Fivechampionships,

    First off–I hate the Ravens & the entire state of Maryland so I have no skin in the game. I doub t you read my earlier post but everyone in the media who is covering this story is leaving out that the fact that Janay was also arrested for assault in AC & that the police report shows Janay did in fact hit Ray at some point. So isn’t it at least possible that she attacked him & he then he was forced to defend himself??? I admit I don’t know but I also don’t know if Ray necessarily meant to knock her unconscious. Perhaps the truth is that he did hit her REALLY hard or maybe he was pushing her off of him. Do we really know??? Is it at least possible that he was defending himself & then she fell down then hit her head on the elevator railing & that knocked her unconscious? Of course it’s possible. Anything is possible here b/c we weren’t there.

    I don’t understand the people who think they know what REALLY transpired inside that elevator before Janay was rendered unconscious. Sure it looked terrible on that video but I’m starting to think that–maybe just maybe–there’s more going on here than the public knows about & that’s why the suspension was only two game.

  100. samhackney says: Aug 1, 2014 3:07 PM

    Maniac! Roger is ruining the league!

  101. pdubb48 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:08 PM

    The problem is that people should teach their daughters to keep their hands to themselves. If a woman is hitting any man and if he’s attempting to keep her at bay and she’s attacking him then it may be acceptable use of force to protect yourself. I’m not saying men should beat up their girlfriends or wives, but I’m saying they new to keep their hands to themselves PERIOD!!! I believe she crossed the line and paid for it. All these clowns don’t know what the commish knows to come to this decision. Please with the Big Ben talk because he was accused twice. For all those who say Ray should have received a harsher punishment let your significant other start beating on you and let’s see how much you’d take!

  102. ghost26 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:15 PM

    ‘whatjusthapped says: Aug 1, 2014 2:59 PM

    Maybe Rodger is just a fan of the Ravens, Ray Lewis was part of a posse that murder someone, what did he get for a suspension? Nada!’

    Whatjusthapped,

    First of all–get your facts right. Goodell became Commissioner in 2006 & what happened w/ Ray was in 2000.

  103. sellout1983 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:18 PM

    Guess if you have a problem with the way the NFL does business then you are free to both not watch or participate and/or start your own league.

    ————–

    Just as you are voicing your opinion, others are also free to voice theirs as well.

  104. huckleberry1110 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:31 PM

    If a person gets knockout you have a concussion.

  105. gadlaw2012 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:32 PM

    The man has no clue, he has no idea at all. Completely tone deaf.

  106. mufasa1822 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:33 PM

    omegalh says: Aug 1, 2014 1:39 PM

    When did the NFL become the fourth branch of the government? Let the courts handle it.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Court in NJ did handle it. Maybe you missed that little detail, huh?

  107. packfanaj12 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:41 PM

    I hate doing this, but I have to defend Goodell on this… How can he punish Ray Rice for something he did non football related when our own judicial system wont act to punish the man. It should not ever have been a NFL matter to punish Ray, our legal system should have taken care of this, and if our Judicial system did not do enough, we should be complaining to them.

  108. indians4evr says: Aug 1, 2014 3:49 PM

    Again, for the what many times. Chuck Finley didn’t feel the need to knock-out Tawny Kitaen. I thought the whole Domestic Violence thing was settled with OJ and Nicole? It is unacceptable ever to put your hands another person that isn’t in a romantic way.

  109. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 1, 2014 3:50 PM

    What would he say if someone knocked out his daughter

  110. pdubb48 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:59 PM

    HOpefully she won’t beat on a man and look for someone like you to say he shouldn’t have hit me even though i tried to kill him

  111. eepobee says: Aug 1, 2014 4:01 PM

    we have no idea if rice knocked out his wife. video reportedly showed she hit her head on elevator railing while attacking ray.

  112. eepobee says: Aug 1, 2014 4:06 PM

    mufasa1822 said:

    When did the NFL become the fourth branch of the government? Let the courts handle it.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Court in NJ did handle it. Maybe you missed that little detail, huh?

    —–

    By essentially forcing ray and janay to go into counseling. Based on that, the NFL’s suspension was harsh.

  113. rcali says: Aug 1, 2014 4:07 PM

    Certainly going to make “Hot Pink October” interesting. Don’t think this whole thing won’t be brought up again when those pink towels start flying around!

  114. troy43mvp says: Aug 1, 2014 4:12 PM

    Visual evidence does make a huge difference. If you are talking no visual evidence in this case then it never even gets mentioned. In fact if you remember when this story first came out (before the video was released) it was reported as a VERY minor incident with Ray Rice and his girlfriend. The difference is the visual evidence. Many of these other cases from other players were watered down from what actually happened because when it calmed down everyone realized how much money stands to be lossed. Well video does not lie so this one never got watered down. The people saw it and thus the N.F.L’s reaction to domestic abuse was on trial. N.F.L. failed miserably.

  115. madddogg365 says: Aug 1, 2014 4:15 PM

    Let’s see…..video proof of domestic violence=slap on the wrist. NO PROOF of Bounty Gate=a years suspension for ALOT of people & lost of a draft pick. Goodell REALLY has his priorities in order.

  116. darthvoter says: Aug 1, 2014 4:19 PM

    Goodell is the NFL’s version of Obama….an incompetent train wreck.

  117. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 4:23 PM

    the NFL had proof of bountygate thats why the tapes were destroyed.

  118. johnc44 says: Aug 1, 2014 4:24 PM

    fivechampionships,I have little doubt that she was just as involved in the situation as Ray,But i`m sorry i have been in that situation and i`m sure as a strong NFL player he had the physical strength to handle the situation without her ending up unconscious and being dragged from the elevator.
    I don`t need to know everything that happened if there is no excuse for what i know did happen.
    I believe Goodell embarrassed the NFL and himself because of the evidence that can`t be denied and i think he did it because the next case he has to rule on is Jim Irsay.
    I can`t stop watching my team play on TV but i won`t spend another dollar on a NFL product under Goodell.

  119. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 4:26 PM

    Gravytrainers like Goodell are so out of touch with reality and surrounded by yes men for so long, they think all their decisions are correct and just.

    when marijuana use receives a stiffer penalty than a player knocking out his fiance, then the entire penalty structure needs to be changed IMMEDIATELY, not at the next CBA renewal, IMMEDIATELY.

  120. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 4:31 PM

    oops @maddogg365:

    my bad I was thinking of Spy-Gate lol

  121. fivechampionships says: Aug 1, 2014 4:33 PM

    johnc – That’s your choice, certainly. And I don’t mean this personally, but to me, it’s silly to see people so fired up about this. It’s a bunch of strangers on TV. If you are entertained by the games, watch them. If you like the gear, buy it. These guys are all getting rich, either way. They don’t care what you do or think. Why should you care what they do or think. I love Sundays and watching my team. Beyond that, I could care less about the people on TV. It just doesnt mean that much. All these people expecting or needing some sports league and football player knuckleheads to set the moral example is strange to me…

  122. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 4:33 PM

    you know the Commissioner is awful when most of the talk surrounding the NFL has to do with suspensions, fines, bad officiating, CBA, as opposed to the actual game.

    Goodell you are a clown and the people that think you are doing a good job are mentally challenged

  123. realdealsteel says: Aug 1, 2014 4:52 PM

    Roger always makes excuses for players on his favorite team. :

    1. Ray Lewis using Deer Atler juice…that’s okay with Roger.

    2. Ed Reed head hunting with multiple illegal head shots to defenseless wide receivers in his last year……that’s okay with Roger.

    3. Ray Rice virtually not being punished for knocking out a women in an elevator….that’s okay with Roger.

    Ask yourself this:

    When has Roger ever punished any Ravens players??? Answer: He doesn’t. He’s on record as saying the Ravens are his favorite team.

    Now ask yourself this:

    How often did Roger go after the Ravens arch rivals, the Steelers??

    I rest my case.

  124. notthetroll says: Aug 1, 2014 4:59 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Aug 1, 2014 2:25 PM

    So now liberals are upset that a Republican let a black man enter a rehabilitative diversionary program, rather than throw him in jail? You guys are really something.

    ———————————————————-
    Internet winner o’ the day.

  125. madddogg365 says: Aug 1, 2014 5:01 PM

    realdealsteel-How often did Roger go after the Ravens arch rivals, the Steelers

    Just wait until the Steelers play the Saints this season. The game will mysteriously be taken off tv due to circumstances beyond the NFL’s control. Goodell not too crazy about the Saints either.

  126. ravenswinsuperbowl47 says: Aug 1, 2014 5:02 PM

    So many idiots … so little time!

    The punishment fit the “crime”. Goodell saw the video of what really happened inside the elevator, and Rice’s wife’s confession.

    End of story.

    (Yes, we all did cheer for Ray at last Monday night’s practice session. It takes a real man to own up to his mistakes. Supoort for a good guy getting pounded by the media and haters, especially Stooler fans.)

  127. sladewillson says: Aug 1, 2014 5:03 PM

    “That’s not necessarily consistent with previous punishments (such as Ben Roethlisberger’s six-game suspension that became four), but Goodell said he expects reaction.”
    ___________________________________
    Im not going to get into the whole Ben Roethlisberger thing. However, I would like to point out that in March 2008 James Harrison was charged for a domestic altercation with his girlfriend, then on April 3, 2008, the district attorney dropped all charges because Harrison had completed anger management counseling and psychological counseling.
    Now doesn’t that sound familiar, lte me see
    On February 15, 2014, Rice and his fiancée were arrested and charged with simple assault, the district attorney agreed to drop all charges as long as Rice completes a anger management counseling and psychological counseling.
    Now all of the people that thinks Godell was too soft or the Ravens and thier fans shouldn’t support Rice must have forgotten that the NFL did not punish Harrison at all, and the Steelers as well as their fans supported him

  128. jaxairsupport says: Aug 1, 2014 5:19 PM

    All a ploy to get more female viewers, even the pissed off kind.

  129. linemanguy74 says: Aug 1, 2014 5:25 PM

    They both have to go !! Cuban is right the NFL will destroy it self from within

  130. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 1, 2014 5:31 PM

    The punishment fit the “crime”. Goodell saw the video of what really happened inside the elevator, and Rice’s wife’s confession.

    End of story.

    (Yes, we all did cheer for Ray at last Monday night’s practice session. It takes a real man to own up to his mistakes. Supoort for a good guy getting pounded by the media and haters, especially Stooler fans.)

    What did his wife confess to? Oh I get it for jumping into his fist and getting knocked..

    Your first line should have read: I am such and idiot with a little mind. It’s ok you root for an abuser all you want. The rest of us will be laughing at you and your team

    Lastly it takes quite a man to turn the other cheek and not hit a women…..and this story hasn’t ended yet. Raven fans are becoming turtles hiding in their shells……twerps not terps.

  131. ilovemyravens says: Aug 1, 2014 5:31 PM

    @Darin Gantt, you really must be a Big Ben fan, because I’ve never heard him referenced so much in Ray Rice’s incident from anyone more than you. And for the third time you’ve failed in your comparisons of these two totally different cases that have absolutely nothing to do with one another, to also mention that Ben was accused twice of some sort of sexual offense and had at least one out of court settlement with an accuser….so if your gonna compare the two, tell the whole story and not just the parts that make your Heroic Ben look like a worthless victim

  132. madddogg365 says: Aug 1, 2014 5:31 PM

    ravenswinsuperbowl47 says:Aug 1, 2014 5:02 PM

    So many idiots … so little time!

    Don’t be so hard on yourself.

  133. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 1, 2014 5:35 PM

    and scumbag Goodell of course put Josh Gordons hearing today while he is in ohio. of course he wont make the decision until next week until he gets out of Ohio. He wouldnt get out alive if he anmounced he is suspended for a year. again hes tough behind close doors and has no balls face to face

  134. kevo95 says: Aug 1, 2014 5:46 PM

    Your a clown Rodger

  135. tigershark0052 says: Aug 1, 2014 5:51 PM

    I think Goodell is a good commish.
    Clowney> Barr

  136. sladewillson says: Aug 1, 2014 5:54 PM

    realdealsteel says:
    Aug 1, 2014 4:52 PM
    Roger always makes excuses for players on his favorite team. :

    1. Ray Lewis using Deer Atler juice…that’s okay with Roger.

    2. Ed Reed head hunting with multiple illegal head shots to defenseless wide receivers in his last year……that’s okay with Roger.

    3. Ray Rice virtually not being punished for knocking out a women in an elevator….that’s okay with Roger.

    Ask yourself this:

    When has Roger ever punished any Ravens players??? Answer: He doesn’t. He’s on record as saying the Ravens are his favorite team.

    Now ask yourself this:

    How often did Roger go after the Ravens arch rivals, the Steelers??

    I rest my case
    __________________________________
    Lets see
    He didnt supend James Harrison when he assaulted his girlfriend
    also Ray Lewis never popped on a drug test so the word of some no name guy looking for some kind of fame means nothing
    and I know a Steeler’s fan isnt talking about “Head Hunting”

    I too rest my case

  137. vikinganswer says: Aug 1, 2014 5:55 PM

    Who listens to Jon Stewart to know what he says?? Complete babble meant to entertain. Not inform.
    Dont you think that of any commissioner in the history of sports, Goodell would have given more if possible. All the idiots hate him (for some dumb reason) because he carries the title of judge jury and executioner and is too harsh on penalties. One time, goes against public opinion and he is lambasted for too lenient. Sounds like public opinion should shut up. He has been great so far. He takes out the trash. Even if it keeps coming back.

  138. trollkiller55 says: Aug 1, 2014 6:02 PM

    nflpoker says:
    Aug 1, 2014 1:52 PM
    Let’s see if I get this right, if he put her into a coma, he would get suspended two games because he is a first time offender. What if killed her???

    ———————————————–

    Under Goodell, two games. after all, its a 1st offense

  139. whatevnfl says: Aug 1, 2014 6:11 PM

    I kind of get the Ravens GM and Head Coach supporting their player, maybe dealing with it internally, presenting a united front, not wanting him to be suspended because it hurts them too. But the Commissioner’s job is to be impartial and send the right message. And he never should have accepted statements from the victim, especially in front of her abuser and his employers to play a role. So mishandled. So wrong.

  140. olcap says: Aug 1, 2014 6:12 PM

    He’s a fookin idiot.

  141. olcap says: Aug 1, 2014 6:22 PM

    greenbaydean says: Aug 1, 2014 1:26 PM

    Everyone who’s so outraged by Rice only getting 2 games as punishment, the name Redskins, the NFL policy on pot, ect. Put your money where you’re mouth is and stop watching the NFL on tv, going to the games and buying their merchandise.
    ——-

    I stopped back at the lockout, haven’t given them a penny since. And the way they are destroying the product, I’m glad I’m saving my money.

  142. swagjag says: Aug 1, 2014 6:52 PM

    Can we just send him to London?

  143. jollyjoker2 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:00 PM

    if I choked him, I would probably get 4 years in the pen.

  144. popolover says: Aug 1, 2014 7:09 PM

    Is this because he wants to go light on Irsay?

  145. campcouch says: Aug 1, 2014 7:17 PM

    Hard Knocks coming to B-More?

  146. officialgame says: Aug 1, 2014 7:28 PM

    Is Hebert Wong about anything? The man has a serious God complex.

  147. quickdraw85 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:50 PM

    IMPEACH GOODELL!!!!!!!!!!!

  148. motown81 says: Aug 1, 2014 8:15 PM

    What is amazing is that he knocked her unconscious and dragged her limp body out of an elevator. How is he not behind bars let alone missing only two games. This is so damn ugly for the league and Ravens. How can Harbaugh even use the words “Proud” and “Ray Rice” in the same sentence.

    They all got this one wrong.

  149. doctorbarr says: Aug 1, 2014 8:48 PM

    Of course Goodell defends Rice… Both are men with no class. These types stick together.

  150. NoobTubeTV says: Aug 1, 2014 8:48 PM

    Goodell protects quarterbacks more than he protects women.

  151. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:35 PM

    He basically is like president Obama. He will never admit a mistake and will never tell the full truth. Fans need to demand this guy be removed. He is horrible for the game. I think fans need to organize to boycott the league until Goodell resigns. Don’t go to the games; that is if you haven’t already paid for season tickets. Don’t turn the games on tv. Don’t buy merchandise. Owners will demand he leave within a month. Won’t happen though.

  152. horsepedlr says: Aug 1, 2014 9:47 PM

    lets try this. i’ll bet the next guy hit with a dv of any kind will get hammered to make up for this.

  153. wyrdawg says: Aug 1, 2014 11:16 PM

    Roger Goodell defends Ray Rice punishment: “I didn’t get the memo while I was in Bermuda!!”

  154. palewook says: Aug 2, 2014 10:30 AM

    “Our policy is clear,” Goodell said. “As long as you play NFL football, it is ok to beat your woman.”

  155. gohawks7 says: Aug 2, 2014 11:05 AM

    Assault a woman, 2 game suspension. Smoke weed, 1 year suspension. Something is definitely wrong there.

  156. myfriendbobsacamano says: Aug 2, 2014 11:05 AM

    whoa.. the PC crowd is in a tizzy here.

  157. irishmanknowsall says: Aug 2, 2014 11:21 AM

    Let civilian law enforcement authorities handle criminal cases.
    Let sports leagues handle competition issues.
    Two separate worlds.
    If courts choose to issue punishment for infractions committed in their communities, that should be sufficient.
    Commiss has yet again gone down his slippery slope. What’s the league punishment for jaywalking/littering/parking tickets, etc? Where does it end?
    I do not support the athlete’s actions. However, there already is a system set up to handle it. Enough.

  158. dissed215 says: Aug 2, 2014 12:38 PM

    Dear Roger Goodell, we the fans are disgusted with the way the Ray Rice issue was handled.

    First from the police, who saw the entrire video and still released Ray to go be back with Janay. How, after actually seeing what happened, could you send that abuser, that low-life, that animal go back to his wife?

    Sencondly, the judge, who saw the entire video and knows exactly what transpired and still let him off. You should of thrown the book at him.

    Then there is you, Mr. Goodell. Even after you saw the entire video and actually know what happened, you still let him off easy.

    There are no excuses for this type of behavior. We know that alcohol was involved, but thats no excuse either. Never has alcohol ever caused someone to do something stupid, or blackout, or pass out. Never caused a person to become uncoordinated or unreasonable.

    Now, we understand that we, the fans, have not seen what the police saw, or what the Judge saw, or what you saw, but we’re going to stand by our notion of what we “think’ happened because we’re Americans and thats our right. We’ll keep on making snide remarks, I mean fighting this as long as we have smartphones and twitter accounts.

    Sincerely, the fans

  159. occamssabre says: Aug 2, 2014 1:03 PM

    “…dissed215 says: Aug 2, 2014 12:38 PM

    Dear Roger Goodell, we the fans are disgusted with the way the Ray Rice issue was handled.

    First from the police, who saw the entrire video and still released Ray to go be back with Janay. How, after actually seeing what happened, could you send that abuser, that low-life, that animal go back to his wife?

    Sencondly, the judge, who saw the entire video and knows exactly what transpired and still let him off. You should of thrown the book at him.

    Then there is you, Mr. Goodell. Even after you saw the entire video and actually know what happened, you still let him off easy. ”

    Are you saying its a conspiracy or maybe, just maybe, what you’ve been told has been wrong? Could it be that he possibly was defending himself or that he never actually “knocked” her out?

  160. txraiderfan says: Aug 2, 2014 1:05 PM

    Petition to fire Roger Goodell should start now

  161. coltzfan166 says: Aug 2, 2014 1:17 PM

    I’m going to assume people defending Ray Rice on here are Ravens fans.

  162. pdubb48 says: Aug 2, 2014 1:41 PM

    I wonder what would be said f Peyton Manning would’ve lost his cool and smacked fire out of his wife? Omaha

  163. dissed215 says: Aug 2, 2014 2:08 PM

    occamssabre says:Aug 2, 2014 1:03 PM ….

    Are you saying its a conspiracy or maybe, just maybe, what you’ve been told has been wrong? Could it be that he possibly was defending himself or that he never actually “knocked” her out?

    Yeah, that is some comspiracy, right? Rice must have naked pictures of all of them.

    I love the whole “there is never a reason to hit or put your hands on a woman” argument. Guess what, geniuses, there is never a reason to hit or put your hands on anybody. Of course there is the “just walk away” sentiment. Oh ok, I’m glad you’re fine with leaving someone you care about drunk and vunerable in a strange place. Nothing could go wrong in that scenario.

    I really hope the enemies of the United States don’t read these comments. If they knew that all they had to do to defeat the mighty United States military was to comprise their army solely of women, we’d be in trouble. Honestly, what would we do? Can’t hit them. Can’t put our hands on them because there is never a reason. They would just push our troops right out of their country and we would have no defense. I guess we could “just walk away”.

  164. dissed215 says: Aug 2, 2014 2:32 PM

    coltzfan166 says:Aug 2, 2014 1:17 PM

    I’m going to assume people defending Ray Rice on here are Ravens fans.

    ——————————————————–

    You assume that Ray Rice did something for people to attack him like this. So, you’re par for the course.

  165. lncrprl says: Aug 2, 2014 6:14 PM

    You people are STUPID! The NFL is not the LAW! The law doles out the punishment! If you don’t like the punishment……change the LAW!

  166. jacktheraven says: Aug 2, 2014 10:25 PM

    Thanks, Mr. Goodell, for putting some common sense to this situation.

  167. spg3081 says: Aug 3, 2014 6:50 PM

    My two cents:

    1. I’ll preface this by saying I’m in no way a fan of the Ravens or of men hitting women. Folks here are saying “Rice knocking out his wife” or “he hit her with an uppercut and knocked her out,” among other things. If you play the assault up to that level then yes, your outrage is somewhat justified. The legal system has seen the actual video – what if he dragged her out because she passed out (from alcohol or what have you)? Yes, he hit her. What if it’s nowhere near as horrendous as described by those who have no idea what the assault looks like? That still doesn’t justify lesser offenses drawing larger suspensions (i.e. positive results for drugs of abuse). However, I find it amusing that the possibility of the facts not being exactly as the mob assumes does not interfere with an outpouring of self-righteous outrage.

    2. As a minority here has noted, I will repeat: if you are so outraged, put your money where your mouth is. Don’t support the NFL. Don’t watch and certainly don’t spend money that’ll partly funnel into the coffers that pay Goodell. Self-righteousness should include taking action, not just shouting. If you’re going to continue watching, you’re still allowed your opinion – simply mute it some since you’ll obviously turning a blind eye to this outrage by watching games and supporting your team and the NFL in general.

  168. crindal3000 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:28 AM

    goodell did rice a disservice and made him a poster boy for domestic violence with a light punishment. rice seems like a decent guy and i believed his apology but now because of the light punishment everyone will always refer back to him when this issue comes up.

  169. packfanaj12 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:06 AM

    Be mad at Goodell all you want, he is a dumb… but be even more mad at our judicial system for not taking severe enough punishment. How can Goodell slap Ray’s hand hard when our own legal system didn’t have much of an issue with his actions. It’s just corrupt all around.

  170. ghostof34 says: Aug 6, 2014 3:57 PM

    quickdraw85 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 1:43 PM
    Big Ben wasn’t even charged. And I’m sure that a Super Bowl winning qb wasn’t targeted by some money hungry —— that never happens……..wait, it happens all the time. I hope ray rice’s kneecaps have bullseyes on them. Woman beating piece of garbage.////////////////////////////////////
    @quickdraw…you ever read those police reports, Big Ben had an established repetitive pattern of behavior taking little Ben out for inappropriate actions. He wasn’t charged the last time because the girl just wanted it to go away, she didn’t want her life turned upside down…so she went after NOTHING…how’s that money hungry?

  171. leagueobservr says: Aug 8, 2014 1:30 PM

    Ray Rice’ stats from last season:

    44 yards per game

    3.1 yards per carry

    They should’ve just cut him…

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