There are players that have been suspended for an entire season for smoking marijuana. I am in no way condoning this type of behavior for athletes. However, marijuana is even legal in many states and more states are making it legal. The point is, what is more harmful? A player testing positive for drug use or a player beating up his girlfriend. Really?? And then the league only suspends the player for two games. This is bad news for a league that already has a problem with policing it's players. So now other athletes will think its ok to beat their significant others when they weigh the punishment. They will say, oh well I will only loose two games. And also, what kind of message does this send to the other players that have been suspended for drug use.
Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon was recently suspended for the entire season for testing positive for marijuana. Yes, this player has multiple offenses for the same infraction and a full season is probably warranted. However, there have been many other players that have been disciplined for drug use in harsh manners. 4 game Suspensions, 8 Game Suspensions. And then we have Ray Rice who beats his girlfriend, who he has now married and he only gets two games. This totally sends a bad message to not only other NFL players, but also High School and College players. If I beat my girlfriend I would be in prison and have to pay multiple fines. Yes, I am not an athlete but thats just it. Athletes make boku bucks and should be role models. They represent a league that is followed by millions of people.
I do not fault Ray Rice, he is just the player. It is the NFL that has really botched this one. So many analysts have debated this issue the past few weeks. Many if not all of them agree that this is a travesty to the league. So that is why I am calling it the No Fault League. Players should be held accountable for their actions and the punishment needs to fit the crime. I would say assaulting another human being, especially a woman is a pretty serious matter. And to only hand down a two game suspension is an outrage. Well, I am sure that the league will now have to go back and re analyze their discipline policy and the tactics they use to enforce the league. Someone needs to be held accountable for this mistake. Roger Goodell needs to take a look in the mirror and get his head out of his ass. Hopefully, this incident will cause the league to see their mistakes and going forward change their stance on things like domestic violence.