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Maine’s governor threatens NFL boycott over Ray Rice suspension


Either Maine’s governor moves really slowly, or the Ray Rice suspension really continues to resonate.

According to the Associated Press, Republican Paul LePage sent a “scathing” letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday.  The letter accuses the NFL of sending the message via the two-game Rice suspension that it’s permissible “for professional athletes to beat women, just for the sake of ratings.”

“Taking thugs and wife-beaters off the field may be bad for business, but you are playing games with people’s lives,” LePage wrote, threatening a boycott of the league.

Per the AP, LePage argued last week in a radio interview that Rice should have been suspended for three years.  LePage also believes that the Ravens should have responded to his violence with violence of their own.

“As a matter of fact, the team should have taken him out in the back shed and taken care of him,” LePage said.

While few will disagree with the idea that the two-game suspension was too light, no one has suggested that a multi-year suspension or a visit to the woodshed would have been appropriate.

But LePage currently faces a three-way re-election battle involving both a Democratic candidate and an independent.  He apparently believes that three-year suspensions and/or punishment inflicted via woodsheds will motivate the base and/or appeal to the fence-sitters.Regardless, it would be hard to accuse LePage of being rash with his irrational positions, given that he sent his letter nearly a month after the suspension was imposed.

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  1. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 13, 2014 4:02 PM

    He is right. Too bad nothing will come of this. Knock your wife out in an elevator and all you need to do is apologize at a press conference

  2. denko310 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:04 PM

    He’s right

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 13, 2014 4:04 PM

    The repurcussions over an NFL boycott from the state of Maine are just too overwhelming to comprehend.

  4. pointywilliams says: Aug 13, 2014 4:04 PM

    I hate politicians.

  5. anonymousraven1 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:04 PM

    Well that’ll sure make Roger change his mind!

  6. joeflaccoallday says: Aug 13, 2014 4:04 PM

    Completely idiotic.

  7. kd75 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:04 PM

    So Maine plans to boycott the NFL team they don’t have?

  8. newmarketmaulers says: Aug 13, 2014 4:05 PM

    How would he implement said boycott?

  9. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 13, 2014 4:05 PM

    What is not going to allow Maines football team not to play?

    Sheesh… We know Rice should have been punished more, but don’t you have better things to do?

    Maybe you should be more concerned with unemployment and the turmoil in the Middle East

  10. warotto9 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:06 PM

    As a politician, perhaps he should send a scathing letter to the US justice department, sice Ray Rice was not found guilty of any crime by the legal system. I find it interesting that politicians have gotten involved in this case asking for harsher punishements. Basically, what they are saying is, I don’t believe in the US legal system or the Constitution. I believe that each person is guilty without due process and that even though our legal system had not convicted this person of any crime, he is guilty and should be punished.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 13, 2014 4:06 PM

    Turns out he isn’t really the Governor, but an interning page named Paul. Or “Paul Le Page” as they sometimes say in the tiny state with it’s Francophone heritage.

  12. enkay85 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:07 PM

    Election year. Kind of like politicians and the ‘Skins name.

  13. DaveKShape says: Aug 13, 2014 4:07 PM

    Well, looks like the Portland Lobsters aren’t coming to a stadium near us any time. Wait a second… zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  14. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:07 PM

    Finally, Someone standing up for what’s right!!!

    Ray Rice should be banned from the NFL, period.

  15. thekingcoleman says: Aug 13, 2014 4:07 PM

    oh no, not the woodshed! I’m guessing his competition is about to take him to the woodshed since he is so late following this story up.

  16. armchairqb says: Aug 13, 2014 4:07 PM

    Isn’t Maine part of Canada? Just give us Stephen King and go away.

  17. buds4grant says: Aug 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    The woodshed is a good start for most, if not all, politicians. Be careful what ya wish for Guv.

  18. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    Lol. And how exactly is this guy gonna boycott the NFL?

    Agree that the suspension was too light in relation to drug related suspensions.

  19. pleazenufalready says: Aug 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    Gee, this isn’t coming from a “knee-jerk liberal”….oh dear, what will the usual commenters on this board think!

  20. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    The baltimore ravens are a low character organization.

  21. dfried119 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:09 PM

    no argument here.

  22. seabrawk12 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:09 PM

    Wow the state of Maine is in great hands. Top priority is focusing on football team discipline even though the law has done its part. Bravo

  23. slugbaitspace says: Aug 13, 2014 4:09 PM

    On the East coast, I think that the phrase “and taken care of him” has a bit more of a violent connotation than the average southern-style woodshed punishment…

  24. icebergsimpson says: Aug 13, 2014 4:09 PM

    Please shut up and continue you do your job. I don’t think the NFL cares about what Maine thinks of them.

  25. twonis says: Aug 13, 2014 4:09 PM

    Also in the news– Wyoming governor threatens a boycott of the International Surfing Association.

    Political grandstand much, LePage?

    While I totally agree with his outrage over the way the NFL has handled things, you cannot chalk this up to anything more than an attempt to grab headlines in an election year. Pathetic.

  26. neoi78 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:09 PM

    I didn’t see Re-election from a mile away… nope.

  27. shatho1 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:10 PM

    way to present yourself Mr. Governor. I too believe Rice should’ve been suspended for more than two games, but three years is a little much. also the way u responded to this a month later and how u wrote it I’m not too sure u should even be a governor

  28. therealraider says: Aug 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    While I agree that 2 games was far too lenient .. 3 years is a bit excessive.

  29. bcgreg says: Aug 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    There’s an NFL team in Maine?

  30. pittsburghfan71 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    I’m sure this is all about his re-election. They dont care about anything besides getting the edge over their opponent. After the election i guarantee he starts watchign football again.

  31. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 13, 2014 4:12 PM

    Josh Gordon is like “Don’t say that! Now Goodell will suspend me for 10 years!”

  32. skjwood says: Aug 13, 2014 4:12 PM

    He must be still mad about the 83 yard run to start the playoff game in 2010….

  33. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 13, 2014 4:13 PM

    So he’s a republican who wants to tell a business how to operate. A quick Google search says he’s also against gay marriage. I wish these idiots that want “small government” actually wanted small government.

  34. steeelfann says: Aug 13, 2014 4:14 PM

    What politicians don’t understand is that we just need the same laws, simple and clear, for 150 years.

    Then the rest of the time, we just need them to enforce them.

    Other than that, we just need them to shut up and stay away from the populace. They fail to understand they are mostly unwanted. Not really needed at all.

  35. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 13, 2014 4:14 PM

    what exactly would people in Maine boycott? even if they all did not watch would it affect ratings?

    and, why this? Maine is closer to the Pats, by far the least classy org in the NFL!

    this seems like more political crap.. though I understand the sentiment and think Rice should of gotten much more

  36. clashpoint says: Aug 13, 2014 4:14 PM

    This guy’s about as sharp as a cube of jello.

  37. radsputin says: Aug 13, 2014 4:14 PM

    “I hate politicians.”

    I hate girlfriend/wife beaters!

    I also love old school adults who speak their minds without the politically correct cowardice of today’s sports and news media.

  38. r8rsfan says: Aug 13, 2014 4:16 PM

    The only time I remember Maine is still in the Union is when I eat lobster. And that’s not very often.

  39. Oh, Steeler Nation! We paved the way for the game at its height, but Goodell and the Goons© have destroyed what we've built. They're terrified of our departure. God's will cannot be stopped. SFL 2015 (after SB #7): restoring our precious game. says: Aug 13, 2014 4:16 PM

    The Ravens should have their team taken away. Nothing but a plague on this league and its fans.

  40. culturecesspool says: Aug 13, 2014 4:16 PM

    You sir are part of the worlds biggest circus. You and your peers have corrupted the system and should be taken to the woodshed.
    I laugh you are offended by Mr rice’s 2 game suspension. I guess his court sentence does not please you, maybe like the supreme court you wish all courts were corrupt and giving sentences based on what people want.

  41. crazyaboutthepigskin says: Aug 13, 2014 4:16 PM

    Yep, don’t worry about unemployment. Tax rates. Maine’s competitive stance versus neighboring states. Education.

    One word: Tool

    Politicians are ruining this great country…

  42. time2speakup says: Aug 13, 2014 4:17 PM

    I would not know where to turn or what on earth to do if the state of Maine follows through with this deadly idea. Curses!

  43. winstonjed44 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:17 PM

    Why is all the hate directed at the NFL? Most agree that the suspension was too short, but the NFL has no responsibility to enforce the law and police morality. The legal system let Rice off with barely a slap on the wrist, yet no anger directed towards the courts.

  44. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    slugbaitspace says:
    Aug 13, 2014 4:09 PM
    On the East coast, I think that the phrase “and taken care of him” has a bit more of a violent connotation than the average southern-style woodshed punishment…


    Are you serious? Lol. He’s from Maine. That’s not exactly the five Boroughs or Jersey.

  45. greengoldandbold says: Aug 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    Mr Governor, I appreciate the fact that you too believe the Ray Rice punishment was light, and just like the rest of us that believe the same you have expressed your opinion.
    Did you have to do this through the media though ? Is this a re election blurb hoping to get additional votes ? Really ?? That’s all this is, isn’t it ?

  46. pinchekeith says: Aug 13, 2014 4:20 PM

    Mr. White Knight tough guy, reporting for duty.

  47. iamkillerfin says: Aug 13, 2014 4:20 PM

    Who cares lying politicians don’t belong involved AT ALL with the NFL & idiot Goodell lets ’em all in!!!

  48. citiciti says: Aug 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    As GOD ell laughs and gives him the finger.

  49. seaclaws says: Aug 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    While I am not a fan of LePage, Domestic violence has been one of his big issues from the first time he has stepped into office. He is being true to his policies with this. He is a big fan of stricter sentences and has instituted several programs against domestic violence.

  50. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    Good for republican paul lapage.

    Most republicans hate women.

  51. realdealsteel says: Aug 13, 2014 4:23 PM

    This politician is just posturing because he knows there is no team in his state. He is right but he’s using this as a grand stand to create positive feedback for himself.

  52. coltzfan166 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:23 PM

    Things Roger Goodell cares about:

    1) Money

  53. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 13, 2014 4:23 PM

    Should have him talk to PFT poet and then the great state of Minnesota will join him…you know, the same state that has the greatest team, best receivers..and of course Teddy whats his name who moves a bit slow mentally.

    Then, lets switch to Washington…and he can talk w/politicallyincorrect…the regional expert there. Those 2, will help him lobby

  54. stillers213 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:23 PM

    Sports and politics do not mix – period! I watch and involve myself with sports to escape idiots like this. I am an equal opportunity hater – I hate all politicians. Go away!

  55. abqpacker says: Aug 13, 2014 4:24 PM

    Can someone seriously explain how he would do this? What would he do, try to keep tv channels in Maine from showing NFL games?

    I know it’s too much to ask PFT to do so.

  56. jacktheraven says: Aug 13, 2014 4:25 PM

    That’s fine, but he’ll have to boycott the other 21 teams for their players who have had similar offenses.

  57. scw1993 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:25 PM

    The punishment for Baltimore’s pillar of the community was so lame, the entire nation is still talking about it, and will continue to do so for years. Ozzie Gruesome, and even the coach think he’s a “great guy.” The owner should have stepped up and fired all of them, could have made a very strong statement that domestic violence has to be stopped, and will not be tolerated, but the team and the league missed this opportunity.

    Raven’s fans still think rice did nothing wrong, that there is no “proof” that he beat her…they think she tripped on something in the elevator, fell backward, and kept hitting her own head by herself, until she knocked herself out. They’re delusional, some of them even think that maybe it was his wife’s own fault that he hit her.

    She gave a battered woman’s excuse, and even apologized for getting knocked out. What will the punishment for Rice be the next time? There will absolutely be a next time…wife beaters don’t stop.

    That said, “taking him to the woodshed” probably isn’t the answer…perhaps, though, some opposing players will dole out some answers when his 2-game suspension is over.

  58. rufustfireflyjr says: Aug 13, 2014 4:26 PM

    Why don’t we just take Rice outside, give him a blindfold and a cigarette, and shoot him while we’re at it?

  59. schmitty2 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:26 PM

    Do they even watch football in Maine? I thought it was all about college hockey.

  60. bonniebengal says: Aug 13, 2014 4:26 PM

    I agree with him, however, I’m not sure what a boycott from the State of Maine would do except maybe give us less Patriots fan.

  61. 2blingluvinit says: Aug 13, 2014 4:28 PM

    What was the name of the NFL team in Maine ??

  62. Oh, Steeler Nation! We paved the way for the game at its height, but Goodell and the Goons© have destroyed what we've built. They're terrified of our departure. God's will cannot be stopped. SFL 2015 (after SB #7): restoring our precious game. says: Aug 13, 2014 4:28 PM

    Nothing good has ever come out of Baltimore. I’d rather sleep on a Detroit street than eat at Baltimore’s “finest” restaurant. That place makes me sick.


  63. doctormantistoboggan says: Aug 13, 2014 4:29 PM

    Maine: Trying to Stay Relevant since 1607!

  64. Oh, Steeler Nation! We paved the way for the game at its height, but Goodell and the Goons© have destroyed what we've built. They're terrified of our departure. God's will cannot be stopped. SFL 2015 (after SB #7): restoring our precious game. says: Aug 13, 2014 4:30 PM

    Also, this governor is a joke. The 17 people in Maine can have a jolly time boycotting.

  65. weepingjebus says: Aug 13, 2014 4:31 PM

    I don’t get this. If you want to see Rice punished, where better than on an NFL field where he gets gang tackled by 350 lb linemen while Flacco bounces balls off the back of his helmet? No, let’s enrage him, impoverish him, and then make him spend every waking moment with his wife.

  66. bucsorbust says: Aug 13, 2014 4:31 PM

    This is an election year for LePage, and it’s low-hanging fruit to take up a mini-campaign about not beating your spouse, especially given the NFL basically does not exist in his state. I’m a Republican like him, but still calling it like I see it. Oh, by the way…Ray Rice should have gotten more…but I’d not boycott the whole American sport. Weak!

  67. daddyb1gdrawz says: Aug 13, 2014 4:32 PM

    Ummm…Mr. Governor, what do you plan on boycotting? What professional team do you have?

  68. si1m says: Aug 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    Its too bad Ray Rice wasn’t named “Raimondo Arroz”

    Because then he’d be calling for leniency


  69. itsfootballbaby says: Aug 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    That does it…. Ray Rice is hereby banned from using maple syrup on his pancakes… So says Maine.

  70. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    Paul is threatening to take perpetrators out back to “the wood shed”, which is what the state of Maine is referred to anywhere this side of Delaware.

  71. Getoffmylawn! says: Aug 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    I would like to hear him say the same thing about the Bankers and other Politicians that get free rides on our backs and cheat and steal with no punishment at all.

  72. bucsorbust says: Aug 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    Good to see the man likes to push for what’s “fair”…that is…this guy…the one who appointed his own daughter of 22 years old, who lives at home with him, as his deputy chief of staff (a job worth $55K I compensation).

  73. reesesteel23 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:35 PM

    The fact that he thinks an eye for an eye is the answer, I don’t really care what else he has to say

  74. bucsorbust says: Aug 13, 2014 4:36 PM

    Boycott? This is financially devastating to the NFL…could mean $29.50 in T-shirts, eight NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions, and on Johnny Manziel jersey.

  75. maxtng says: Aug 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    The Steelers had two players assault three women over the offseason. Where is the outrage?

  76. hockeykrishna says: Aug 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    This is the idiot that had 8 meetings with the Sovereign Citizen group which advocates murdering police and judges. He also has two relatives on the payroll. He also wants to sue the town of Millinocket. The list is amazing!

    Google the guy and have a huge laugh.

    The only reason he’s commenting now he finally figured out how to log on to internet, using AOL CD he got in the mail on dial up…………

  77. TheWizard says: Aug 13, 2014 4:39 PM

    See where all this liberal kookiness is leading?

    I happen to agree with the governor on principle, but boycotting the NFL isn’t realistic for most American sports fans.

  78. nicofthenorthstar says: Aug 13, 2014 4:39 PM

    Shameless political maneuvering. Republicans are reputed as having views unfavorable to women. And often times for good reason.
    So you can pretty much imagine the brainstorm session where he and his cronies came up with this idea.

  79. defscottyb says: Aug 13, 2014 4:40 PM

    More fake outrage for votes just like the Redskins name.

  80. reesesteel23 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:41 PM

    The suspension is light but Roger Goodell doesn’t have time to make decisions based on what PFT commenters or Governors that are up for re-election think.

  81. 20texans02 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:42 PM

    In an odd way you can compare Orlando Scandrink suspension to this. Ray Rice 2 games for knocking out his fiance and doing a poor job dragging out her unconscious body from elevator. Orlando Scandrink suspended 4 games for celebrating with his wife, making her smile, and enhancing their time together with a recreational drug. Guess he would have been better off beating her and making her apologize in public.

  82. boogerhut says: Aug 13, 2014 4:42 PM

    Why not demand 1/2 his foot be cut off?

  83. reesesteel23 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:44 PM

    Ray Rice (assault on wife) should be banned but Incognito(sexual assault on woman at golf charity event, shirtless racist rampage at a bar, bullying teammates, and kicked off every team he’s been on since college) needs to be left alone and deserves another chance? He just needs help right? lol Just misunderstood right? lol

    HAHA Its so obvious its funny..

  84. slugbaitspace says: Aug 13, 2014 4:45 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Aug 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    slugbaitspace says:
    Aug 13, 2014 4:09 PM
    On the East coast, I think that the phrase “and taken care of him” has a bit more of a violent connotation than the average southern-style woodshed punishment…

    Are you serious? Lol. He’s from Maine. That’s not exactly the five Boroughs or Jersey.

    Well…he ran away from home when he was 11, lived at a strip joint while homeless, started shining shoes, and later worked as a bartender and at a meat-packing plant.

    Sounds a little like the average goodfella upbringing to me…

  85. whatjusthapped says: Aug 13, 2014 4:47 PM

    And I thought Minnesota had the dumbest politicians (a b-level comedian for a Senator and a pro Wrestler for a ex-Gov) Minnesota was hoping for the boycott, a win by default is still a win until they discovered Maine doesn’t have a team. Neither do they but they have figured that out yet.

  86. johnodocks says: Aug 13, 2014 4:49 PM

    I’m calling for a boycott on government intrusions and for all politicians responsible for the gridlock in Congress and for giving handouts to their friends and campaign contributors to be taken out to the woodshed.

  87. sfninersfan says: Aug 13, 2014 4:50 PM

    I know that there will be a bunch of backlash from both sides based upon this statement, but I thought it was really neat how he said “he should have taken him to the back of the shed”.

    With that in mind, he should have more important matters on his plate that he should address, not Ray Rice.

  88. jayovalentine says: Aug 13, 2014 4:50 PM

    Politicians should stay out of football before the game we all love is ruined like they have ruined this country.

  89. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 13, 2014 4:50 PM

    Cue the disgusting Ray Rice apologists! Oh wait, they’re already here in droves…

  90. tomtravis76 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:51 PM

    We can’t lose Maine!!!

    Still don’t have all of the information in the case. The Rice family is going to try and get their personal life straight. Best thing to do is hope they get their personal life back to some kind of normal and will be able to become positive educators in helping to prevent these actions among others.

  91. theravens1 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:51 PM

    And, politicians that say stupid stuff, should be cast out of office!

  92. 2difshoe says: Aug 13, 2014 4:53 PM

    The Gov is hoping the Gorton’s of Gloucester fisherman will boycott by halting all deliveries of fish sticks to the Baltimore.

  93. defscottyb says: Aug 13, 2014 4:54 PM

    Just like most politicians that don’t really care but will use the issue to their benefit. Just act like you are outraged or care. Whatever gets them re-elected. Sounds alot like the Redskins name controversy re: politicians.

  94. focushawk72 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:54 PM

    I’d support a one years suspension. A three yr would end his career and I don’t thing you should crucify anyone for making an error in life. If it happened again though – banned for life.

  95. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 13, 2014 4:54 PM

    Maine? Shouldn’t they root for a CFL team?

  96. davebarnes21 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:56 PM

    i suppose this guy lives in a glass house? “thou shalt not judge for thou are not the judge”


  97. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 13, 2014 4:57 PM

    If he isn’t taken seriously, Paul has threatened to cecede from The Union. Planting explosives along the NH border, and riding his rock all the way to the coast of France.

  98. portnoychunk says: Aug 13, 2014 4:57 PM

    I’m a native Mainer and live in NC now. Most of my family is still in Maine and don’t really have anything good to say about LePage. He’s pretty much an embarrassment to the state, though he’s right about Ray Rice’s suspension.

  99. bigwalt2990 says: Aug 13, 2014 4:57 PM

    “playing games with people lives” ….hearing that…from a Governor…all I can do is shake my head.. The hypocrisy is incredible.

  100. thevikes99 says: Aug 13, 2014 5:00 PM

    Did Maine’s governor threaten to boycott over spy gate over his Pats hell no! what a joke!

  101. manureman says: Aug 13, 2014 5:00 PM

    So the gov. thinks it’s wrong to beat up a woman but the beating of a man is just fine.

  102. getyourownname says: Aug 13, 2014 5:16 PM

    I missed his announcement about not allowing the broadcast in Maine of any Patriots games due to assault and domestic abuse charges against some Pats players, like Alfonzo Dennard and Chad Johnson.

  103. toybkshr says: Aug 13, 2014 5:19 PM

    Tell me – If Maine boycotts – will anyone notice?

  104. mufasa1822 says: Aug 13, 2014 5:28 PM

    Wow, the economic impact of the boycott to the US economy will be exactly ….. zero point zero.

    The Governor may go ahead and threaten that Maine will secede from the union, eh?

    The Country of…..wait for it…..Maine Land.

  105. mufasa1822 says: Aug 13, 2014 5:30 PM

    Did the Governor threaten to impose economic sanctions on the New England region over Hernandez’s off the field issues?

    What is all this aboot?

  106. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 13, 2014 5:33 PM

    In an effort to understand exactly where Gov. LePage was coming from on this issue, the Commish consulted a map of North America.

  107. bnwpnw says: Aug 13, 2014 5:34 PM

    C’mon, it’s not like Ray Rice did something really bad like smoke a little pot.

  108. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 13, 2014 5:34 PM

    It’s a pretty State! The fact they have a Republican as governor just ruins it.

  109. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 13, 2014 5:43 PM

    If a threat falls in the state of Maine, but no one lives there……..

  110. pats777 says: Aug 13, 2014 5:49 PM

    I’m a Mainer and our Governor is an embarrassment. Yesterday, he held hands with Chris Cristie at a $1000 a plate fundraiser if that tells you where his priorities lie.

  111. padraighansen says: Aug 13, 2014 6:03 PM

    I will promise you this: this letter was written by one of the campaign consultants, knowing it would generate a ton of publicity – and target potential female swing voters. The problem is that the suggestions are so outlandish, it makes him look bafoonish. And I were him, I’d fire the consultant immediately. Brutal.

  112. djshnooks says: Aug 13, 2014 6:27 PM


    Nigel Bradham gets 1 game for some weed over a year ago…and Ray Rice gets 2 games for beating the snot out of his wife?

    Roger Goodell’s ruining the NFL, it’s a joke.

  113. wvucolumbus says: Aug 13, 2014 6:36 PM

    As a steelers fan, this is clearly the case of a NE fan crying about the suspension…..a franchise that has never legitimately won a SB, unlike the steelers and ravens.

  114. jolink653 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:46 PM

    Wow, all those games played in Maine will be boycotted? I’m not sure how the NFL will survive this. Better do what he says

  115. waldoampere says: Aug 13, 2014 7:11 PM

    From the looks of his picture, he and Chris Christie would be road graders on the O-Line.

  116. packmanfan says: Aug 13, 2014 7:16 PM

    Without Steven King we wouldn’t even know about Maine.
    And maybe the Hawkeye character on M*A*S*H.

  117. rjkilla says: Aug 13, 2014 7:30 PM

    how about a lifetime ban for the first offense? most high paying jobs would fire you for this. the NFL should be no different

  118. 1980hipster says: Aug 13, 2014 7:59 PM

    The irony, the Governor is advocating violence towards someone (Ray Rice) to advocate against violence. Sounds like a genius.

  119. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 13, 2014 8:01 PM

    Bad news for Aldon.

    Goodell will be trying to CYA by bringing the hammer to anyone with “a pattern”.

  120. sportswright says: Aug 13, 2014 8:06 PM

    What would happen of the NFL blacked out Maine and told fans to thank their governor for his boycott?

  121. rrhoe says: Aug 13, 2014 8:10 PM

    While I do not condone what Ray Rice did,I am not understanding why people want to point the finger at the NFL for his punishment when the state of NJ gave him a slap on the wrist to begin with.

  122. 46dee says: Aug 13, 2014 8:44 PM

    Maine? Really? I forgot they even existed as a State.

  123. rmavs says: Aug 13, 2014 8:48 PM

    Laws mingle and dance with the net worth of the guilty party. An everyday Joe would be in jail for most of the crap people of money buy their way out of…don’t commit the crime if you can’t pay the fine. God bless America.

  124. nepatriot1 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:31 PM

    No doubt, LePage is a dope who was elected on <40% of Maine's vote. However, for the geographically challenged, Maine is in New England. Therefore, their team is the Patriots.

  125. ncarolinabluze says: Aug 13, 2014 9:31 PM

    Way to make your point by threatening Rice with physical violence that includes racial undertones

  126. huskywolverine says: Aug 13, 2014 9:44 PM

    The day this country cares about the opinion of a politician in Maine thinks is a sad day indeed.

  127. valentino8100 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:48 PM

    People live in Maine?

  128. dennis2488 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:52 PM

    yea i bet the patriots season ticket holders in maine are going to give up one of the most coveted tickets in sports because of some clown on the baltimore ravens.

  129. charger383 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:54 PM

    Maine?? I thought that place floated away or sank or got traded. Now I hear they have a Governor and he is going to boycott the NFL. What will all those great players who came from Maine do?

  130. couchpotatodad says: Aug 13, 2014 9:55 PM

    What I find fascinating is that now multiple politicians have sent letters to Goodell (Rice’s employer’s disciplinary agent) about his handling of the situation. I wonder if any of them have been in contact with the New Jersey prosecutor (you know, the government’s disciplinary agent) about their handling of the criminal case. Why does this make sense to them??

  131. wisconsinhillfolk says: Aug 13, 2014 10:08 PM

    This is what happens when 60% of those eligible do not vote. If you don’t vote, you are the problem.

  132. larryjames836 says: Aug 13, 2014 10:49 PM

    People’s you can boycott the NFL and whoever else you want to boycott but after the season is over, because my team need to win this 2014 super Bowl you know what I mean.

  133. 1greatusername says: Aug 13, 2014 10:58 PM

    I hate politicians, all flavors. With every fiber of my being.

    But I have to say, the woodshed idea has merit. If it was my daughter, I’d cheerfully beat the crap out of him.

  134. cags777 says: Aug 13, 2014 11:12 PM

    Not sure what’s worse: Turning Roger Goodell into a martyr or people voting for this clown. Focus on the economy, Governor.

  135. camdenyard says: Aug 13, 2014 11:19 PM

    Lemme guess…he’s a Patriots fan? Yeah, that fugures.

  136. deathonwings410 says: Aug 13, 2014 11:40 PM

    All this uproar over something that was fairly normal 30 years ago? I don’t get it.

  137. fanofthegame1 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:26 AM

    Maine has a bunch of Pro teams. What is next? Alaska?

  138. tincansailor981 says: Aug 14, 2014 6:57 AM

    Maine. Now there’s a fan base that’s going to scare the financial crap out of the NFL if i ever saw one.

  139. marooncat79 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:02 AM

    Shouldnt we kick everything Philly and north out of the country? All they do is complain about something all of the time.

    Go ahead and boycott!!

    Everyone, let’s all boycott Maine!! Oh wait, we never go there anyway.

    Dude, just shut up.

  140. buzzardpointlookout says: Aug 14, 2014 7:11 AM

    You know, I think the good people of Maine are gonna be angry when they find out they can’t watch football anymore.


    Stupid politicians need to step off.

  141. jimmyt says: Aug 14, 2014 7:18 AM

    What about all of the women mot married/engaged to an NFL player? Like it or not a lot of these guys were raised in a culture where domestic violence is the norm and consequences of your actions of any kind are an afterthought at best. That needs to be addressed before any real progress is made. Like it or not.

  142. rebosprj says: Aug 14, 2014 8:27 AM

    In the USA now, better known as Obamas world, everything is legal.

  143. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Aug 14, 2014 8:48 AM

    Maine boycotting the NFL? OK. Seems that folks should be sending their letters and concerns to the NJ state prosecutor. That’s where the rubber meets the road.

  144. jtbsteeler says: Aug 14, 2014 12:13 PM

    Anything that puts a bad light on Baltimore, the players and the Ravens organization is a good thing.

  145. toosoon2013 says: Aug 14, 2014 12:21 PM

    Maine boycotting the NFL would be like Manti Te’o withholding relations from his girlfriemd

  146. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 14, 2014 1:26 PM


  147. danielweires says: Aug 14, 2014 5:27 PM

    Although I believe that the 2 game suspension is not enough, a 3 year ban? Removed from the sport entirely? Come on you guys that is not very intelligent. I do not condone domestic abuse and think it should have been more of a 6 game ban for 1st time instances, 12 game ban for 2nd time, full season ban for 3rd and if there is a 4th time then banned from the league. To me this is fair. Regardless if they face legal consequences or not.

  148. purplereign52 says: Aug 14, 2014 6:27 PM

    Maine doesnt even know what football is….this is a non story…politicians should not have an opinion in sports…they would ruin it too

  149. lanman11 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:30 AM

    What a Maine-iac!

  150. jrbdmb says: Aug 15, 2014 1:12 PM

    I guess any chance of the 2019 Super Bowl at Harold Alfond Sports Stadium is out the window.

    (Note: this is the largest stadium in Maine, capacity 11,000, home for the U of Maine Black Bears.)

  151. Ed Bandell says: Aug 16, 2014 9:15 AM

    I can’t help but to be a cynical of this story and the person involved in it. It is election time. Politicians are doing what they always do, trying to draw attention to themselves.

    Where was Paul LePage’s outrage earlier this year when other players were accused of and arrested for the same things? Where was he when over the past three years when players arrested for the same acts or WORSE got off with no suspensions?

    If a two game suspension is “too light” for what Ray Rice did (and believe me, I do agree with that), then what do you say to players who got the same penalty or much less than that? There have been 19 NFL players arrested for charges of violence against women. Only 4 of them received penalties. Only 1 harsher than Ray Rice and only 1 other player got the same punishment as Rice.

    Did you know that an NFL player battered and bruised his girlfriend, blackening her eye, perforated her ear drum, cracked some of her ribs, and was arrested in his house while a boatload of drugs were found at the scene and he walked with no suspension from the NFL? I am not making this up.

    Did you know that players that have been accused of engaging in prostitution walked with no suspensions? What about groping women under their clothing? What about choking your mother or headbutting your wife? All of these players got no punishment from the NFL.

    And what of Greg Hardy? Not only was he accused of beating his wife, but also threatening her life. The Panthers have not acted on this at all and the NFL is adopting a wait and see policy while he waits for his jury trial? Where’s the outrage? Where is the call for boycotting the Panthers?

    If you want to boycott something, boycott the entire NFL. They have set a precedent for soft punishment on players arrested on charges of violence against women dating back YEARS.

  152. faaast1 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:27 AM

    It could be worse. Ray’s last name could be Lewis. And he might be allowed to skate away from a murder charge, AGAIN.

  153. overratedsteelerhater says: Aug 18, 2014 4:07 PM

    no one knows what happened inside the elavator.
    As for Maine who cares if they watch or not.they don’t even have a team and the TV share is not enogh to worry about.hope he looses election.

  154. swagger52 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:24 PM

    Oh I see…Patriots fan still upset over Ravens drubbing Patriots in Boston during the playoffs. Didn’t Rice put the game out of reach in the first quarter of one of those games?

    What were his comments about Patriots cheating?

  155. matlinp says: Aug 19, 2014 2:27 PM

    “As a matter of fact, the team should have taken him out in the back shed and taken care of him,”. Right, because responding to violence with violence is always such an intelligent thing to do. Except, this is exactly what got Rice in the situation in the first place – his fiancee hit him and he hit back. Evidently, the good governor is no better than Mr. Rice.

  156. scyankee64 says: Aug 20, 2014 12:46 AM

    The NFL needs to hire Chuck Finley to teach restraint.

  157. sadlionsfan89 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:19 AM

    And yet inhaling burning plant matter gets you kicked out of the league for a year… makes sense

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