The NFL has a BIG issue to tackle: Unnecessary roughness!
Testing positive for a performance enhancing drug or beating your spouse unconscious. Which would you consider more serious? Which does the NFL consider more serious? The former. At least, that is the message that the League continues to send its female fans.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently issued Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice a two-game suspension for his arrest in February. Rice was arrested for assaulting his then-fianceé, Janay Palmer, after beating her unconscious with an uppercut and dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino.
In his letter to Rice, Goodell stated:
Roger Goodell“As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league policies and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”
Yes, Goodell says that the NFL will not tolerate conduct that endangers others, especially violence towards women; yet, the league continuously fails to properly address the issue of violence towards women with its players. In 2012, Roger Goodell met with union leader DeMaurice Smith to discuss ways to decrease player arrests for domestic violence. For two years prior to 2012, nine players were reportedly arrested for domestic violence. Since 2012, USA Today reports that there have been 10 NFL player arrests for domestic violence. Ten different reported domestic violence arrests in only two years and many more reported arrests if you include those for all acts of violence towards women. Even scarier, is the fact that most domestic violence incidents and other acts of violence against women are never reported.