For today's take, I have to play fair. You've heard me say many times that I love the NFL. It's the best league in sports. It's the best business in sports. It does so many things right.
But today, I'm disappointed in the NFL. You let the fans down. More importantly, you let women down.
The league suspended the Ravens' Ray Rice two games for striking his at-the-time fiancee. Video from TMZ shows Rice dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. The couple is now married.
So I'm trying to figure out the law of the NFL, run by Commissioner-slash-sheriff Roger Goodell.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon has an appeal hearing in a week, to try and lower a year-long suspension for a failed drug test. That could be 16 games lost. Not 2. 16.
Other players have been suspended for cheap hits to the heads of quarterbacks, but those players were wearing helmets for protection. Ray Rice's wife was not.
The league takes a tough stance when it comes to drugs and concussions, but what about domestic violence? The NFL rolls out the pink souvenirs every October to show their support for women in the fight against breast cancer. That's great! I hope they keep doing it!
But what about the other 11 months and domestic violence? It appears Ray Rice and his wife may have worked things out. He's getting counseling. But what message did the NFL send?
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