On Monday, September 15, 2014, former Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the release of a video showing him striking his then fiance in an elevator. This, however, was the second disturbing footage shown to the public in this case. After the first video was released, Rice received a two game suspension from league commissioner, Roger Goodell, who received a great deal of criticism in how he handled the matter. Ray Rice was reinstated back into the league in 2015, but has yet to be picked up by any one of the 32 teams.
Meanwhile, the league is under fire again for another domestic abuse situation. This time it involves New York Giants kicker, Josh Brown. According to multiple reports, Brown confessed to abusing his ex-wife in the past, yet this didn't stop the Giants from giving him a contract extension this past summer. Moreover, the NFL only suspended the kicker for one game, contradicting their own policy of a minimum six game suspension for first time offenders.
Interestingly, Greg Hardy (Dallas Cowboys) was suspended ten games without pay in 2015 for his domestic violence incident. He has since been let go by the Cowboys and like Ray Rice, has yet to be signed by another team.
Race has come into the debate with Hardy and Rice both being black and Brown being a white male.
While many question who are the NFL's Domestic Violence Policies really for, Butterfly Evolution wants to know why the NFL repeatedly gets this wrong in the eyes of the public. Are they really not against domestic violence? Is the almighty dollar more important than the safety and well-being of women? Should the government step in and penalize the league?
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