August 28, 2014

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad: Under a new policy, NFL players face a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment for a second. The league was widely criticized for assessing only a two-week suspension to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after he struck his now-wife and dragged her unconscious out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator. "I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better," Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo outlining the new policy.

posted by rcade to football at 05:51 PM - 8 comments

I wonder how much weaseling is going to happen between accusation and conviction, and how many plea bargains to "disorderly conduct" will be made.

posted by Etrigan at 07:04 PM on August 28

I'm glad this is finally happening though I wish it applied to Rice.

posted by bperk at 11:30 PM on August 28

I look forward to a PhD thesis in Game Theory circa 2018 about estranged relationships in the NFL.

posted by yerfatma at 09:27 AM on August 29

Etrigan, I prosecute a lot of domestic battery cases here in Nevada, and the fall-back plea, at least in this state, tends to be "mutual affray" (a fight between two willing participants). But disorderly comes in a close second. Sadly, the nature of battered woman syndrome leads to a lot of unwilling witnesses who are the only ones who know hat really happened.

Trivia time about my adopted home state of Nevada! Nevada leads the nation in per capita fatalities resulting from domestic violence! I hope someday to help change that.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:05 AM on August 29

By sending Greg Maddux far, far away?

posted by yerfatma at 12:50 PM on August 29

Nah. When its a hooker, it's just simple battery (which ultimately ends up in a grisly murder).

posted by tahoemoj at 01:54 PM on August 29

The thing is still out of whack. He's only adding four weeks to what he gave Rice.

If strike two is banishment, then strike one ought to at least be a season. Coach Payton got tossed for a year because he knew that his guys were going after other oversize, highly trained men in helmets and pads during the heat of battle.

posted by beaverboard at 03:21 PM on August 29

It was Payton's second offense, too.

posted by Etrigan at 07:01 PM on August 29

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