NFL suspends Ray Rice for two games in domestic-assault case

posted at 4:01 pm on July 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The topic of disciplinary priorities in the NFL came up two months ago, when the league imposed an indefinite suspension and re-education requirements on Miami Dolphins DB Don Jones for a tweet about Michael Sam during the draft. In a column I wrote for The Week, I compared the NFL’s treatment of Jones to the lack of response in regard to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who had assaulted his wife in an elevator and rendered her unconscious. The league responded to similar criticism at the time that it was waiting for the legal system to run its course on the crime before disciplining Rice.

After a plea deal that will allow Rice to clear his criminal record, the NFL finally took action … with a two-game suspension:

The NFL is suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice two games under the personal conduct policy for an altercation that left his then-fiancee (now wife) unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator, a person with knowledge of the suspension told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. …

“As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL,” Goodell wrote in a letter to Rice after the NFL confirmed the suspension Thursday afternoon. “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.

“You will be expected to continue to take advantage of the counseling and other professional services you identified during our meeting. As you noted, this additional assistance has been of significant benefit to you and your wife, and it should remain a part of your practice as appropriate.

“I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career. I am now focused on your actions and expect you to demonstrate by those actions that you are prepared to fulfill those expectations.”

As Cam Edwards pointed out on Twitter, then-Giants receiver Plaxico Burress got a four-game suspension for illegally carrying a firearm, and that was prior to Burress’ trial — and the only one Burress hurt was himself:

Contrast that again with the crime and punishment in Don Jones’ case. When openly-gay prospect Michael Sam got drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, Jones classlessly tweeted out “OMG” and “horrible.” For that, Jones got the aforementioned indefinite suspension, which threatened to stretch into perpetuity unless Jones recanted and submitted to behavioral modification.  Jones got reinstated eight days later, but only after completing his “sensitivity training” (“educational training,” according to the Miami Dolphins) and paying an undisclosed fine, lest he assault anyone’s sensitivities with obnoxious tweets in the future.

The comparison between the three cases here — Jones, Rice, and Burress — shows a complete lack of perspective and proportionality in the NFL’s head offices. Jones didn’t break any laws, and yet at least theoretically faced the end of his career had he not backed down and submitted to counseling before any reinstatement. Burress broke the law but hadn’t been tried yet (and only hurt himself), and yet drew a four-game suspension before the case went to court, and even before he’d been indicted. Rice assaulted his wife to the point of unconsciousness, and yet only drew a fixed two-game suspension, with no requirement to complete his therapy as a prerequisite for his return.

It’s an absurd outcome. The NFL seems more concerned about mean tweets than domestic assault, and has only situational respect for due process. Either the NFL should entirely ignore what happens off the field when it comes to disciplinary matters, or get a much better grip on its priorities.


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So political in correctness is much worse than domestic assault. Got it.

rbj on July 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

“Aw c’mon, man. You KNOW the b*tch deserved that beatin’! She MADE me do it!”

2 game suspension.

“I said something bad about black people”

You have to sell the whole basketball team you privately own.

Turtle317 on July 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

How much will they give Tony Dungy for the blasphemy of saying he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam, the greatest Ghey 7th round draft pick of all time?

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Only two games, man, that is sooooooooo harsh!!

canopfor on July 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Let’s see what happens to Colts owner Jim Irsay. I’d hold owners to an even higher standard.

rbj on July 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

It’s not called the National Felons League for nothing.

hawkeye54 on July 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Turtle317 on July 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Us white folk gonna have to get organized, and refuse to ride the bus at all until we’re no longer treated like second class citizens.

BobMbx on July 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

So political in correctness is much worse than domestic assault. Got it.

rbj on July 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Well, ya know sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can really hurt your feelings, man.

hawkeye54 on July 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

The League has the right to set its own rules. It takes a bunch of idiots to obediently follow them. It takes a bunch of even bigger idiots to follow the idiots who follow those rules.

Rix on July 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM

When openly-gay prospect Michael Sam got drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, Jones classlessly tweeted out “OMG” and “horrible.”

Ok Ed, it was not merely when he got drafted but, and correct me if I’m wrong, when he and his sodomist buddy started swapping copious saliva on national TV when he was drafted. If I’m right you should correct yourself because what you wrote is then basically an attempt to downplay what really happened.

However, even if Jones was only responding to Sam being drafted, he has a right to express his opinion, he has a right to comment on how this might go over in the locker room, he has a right to express his opinion on a likely disease-carrier in a blood sport getting drafted (whom the Red Cross won’t allow to donate blood), even without the open display of sexual perversion on TV for us to enjoy with our kids.

So tell us why was it classless?

Akzed on July 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Good thing for him he only beat up a woman and didn’t get secretly audio recorded saying he doesn’t want his girlfriend to bring black guys to the game.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Real men are in the duck blind/tree stand/upland field on Fall Sunday afternoons. They aren’t watching a bunch of hoodlums, homosexuals, and steroid-addled sh**-talkers in tight pants play a game the rules of which change every time some pantywaist gets mildy discomforted.

M240H on July 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

NFL is gay crazy

gxbhkt on July 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

How much will they give Tony Dungy for the blasphemy of saying he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam, the greatest Ghey 7th round draft pick of all time?

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I read a column yesterday or today (nice memory, I can’t remember where) in which the writer rattled off the players chosen with the same pick as Sam in each of the past three or four years. My reaction was “Who?”

I said in a Redskins Headline that Snyder needs to sign Sam after he gets cut from the Rams. The media won’t touch Snyder after that. Gay awesomeness trumps all.

Oh, and “War on Women” indeed. Where are the feminists? I suppose even they are cowed by the gaystopo. Then, again, I think there are far more female football fans than there are gay football fans.

BuckeyeSam on July 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM

When openly-gay prospect Michael Sam got drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, Jones classlessly tweeted out “OMG” and “horrible.”

classlessly“? lol I love seeing the commentary first-world problems provoke.

non-nonpartisan on July 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

his then-fiancee (now wife)

Wait. What? She married him, anyway?

Fallon on July 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

To hell with the NFL

forest on July 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Real men are in the duck blind/tree stand/upland field on Fall Sunday afternoons. They aren’t watching a bunch of hoodlums, homosexuals, and steroid-addled sh**-talkers in tight pants play a game the rules of which change every time some pantywaist gets mildy discomforted.

M240H on July 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

So are you saying my cousin who lost a leg in Afghanistan isn’t a real man because he has season tickets to the Broncos and watches every game that is on TV on Sundays?

Go eff yourself.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Real men are in the duck blind/tree stand/upland field on Fall Sunday afternoons. They aren’t watching a bunch of hoodlums, homosexuals, and steroid-addled sh**-talkers in tight pants play a game the rules of which change every time some pantywaist gets mildy discomforted. M240H on July 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Because as we all know, hunters are never drunk, high, or homos, never poach, have never hit a woman, and all have spotless criminal records including never having been dishonorably discharged from the military.

And to top it all off they like to eat gamey vermin.

Akzed on July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Real men are in the duck blind/tree stand/upland field on Fall Sunday afternoons. They aren’t watching a bunch of hoodlums, homosexuals, and steroid-addled sh**-talkers in tight pants play a game the rules of which change every time some pantywaist gets mildy discomforted.

M240H on July 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

How in-thenthe-a-tive, he lisped.

Iths the re-education campth for you, my friend

Dolce Far Niente on July 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Say, what ever happened to that real example of a man Alan Grayson(D) for beating his wife?

Jackson on July 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

So if he’d killed her, that would have been what, four, or eight games?

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

As Cam Edwards pointed out on Twitter, then-Giants receiver Plaxico Burress got a four-game suspension for illegally carrying a firearm, and that was prior to Burress’ trial — and the only one Burress hurt was himself:

Think about Burress. He shot himself and went to jail for two years of his life….NY can go f itself. Just way too much. Sad really.

And two games for this? Ridiculous.

CW on July 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

So if he’d killed her, that would have been what, four, or eight games?

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

3.

His Race Card entitles him to use of the Marion Barry “B!tch set me up” defense.

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Because as we all know, hunters are never drunk, high, or homos, never poach, have never hit a woman, and all have spotless criminal records including never having been dishonorably discharged from the military.

And to top it all off they like to eat gamey vermin.

Akzed on July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Hey, I happen to like gamey vermin!

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

UNF*CKING BELIEVABLE.

I remember when this happened…Yeah, I hate the Ravens,
so what….Hell, maybe he and Ray Lewis can have a beer
and laugh about this….

ToddPA on July 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Maybe its a blessing that Tim Tebow isn’t part of this league.

portlandon on July 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Think about Burress. He shot himself and went to jail for two years of his life….NY can go f itself. Just way too much. Sad really.

And two games for this? Ridiculous.

CW on July 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Burress was already a jackhole, which is why the Steelers got rid of him.

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

You can take the thug out of the ghetto and give him millions of dollars but he will always remain a ghetto thug…

mnjg on July 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Nothing brings out the ire of Ed Morrissey more than anything Ravens.

Post wouldn’t have been written if the name was Le’Veon Bell instead of Ray Rice.

BKeyser on July 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Nothing brings out the ire of Ed Morrissey more than anything Ravens.

Post wouldn’t have been written if the name was Le’Veon Bell instead of Ray Rice.

BKeyser on July 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

That’s because my Browns (expansion) suck too bad to be any kind of a threat to the Steelers.

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Money Talks – BS – ,,,, well BS also talks

jake-the-goose on July 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Following in the great Ravens tradition, like a certain gentleman whose white suit mysteriously disappeared.

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

His Race Card entitles him to use of the Marion Barry “B!tch set me up” defense.

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Ohhh, “The Bitch Set Me Up” defense. Isn’t that now a cornerstone of America jurisprudence?

oldleprechaun on July 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Maybe its a blessing that Tim Tebow isn’t part of this league.

portlandon on July 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Tim Tebow doesn’t need the NFL to be a success. Trash like Ray Rice will be bankrupt 6 months after his last NFL check.

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

That’s because my Browns (expansion) suck too bad to be any kind of a threat to the Steelers.

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

So the boy from Kerrville isn’t the Messiah?

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Burress was already a jackhole, which is why the Steelers got rid of him.

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Doesn’t change the point does it?

Two years for what he did? Is that right? Is that how you think people should be punished?

CW on July 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Political correctness is running amuck in professional sports. Tony Dungy is being vilified by the sports media for his comments about Michael Sam. Chris Kluwe from Ed’s beloved Vikings is suing over being cut. Kluwe was the NFL’s highest paid punter, but had average or below average stats for his last two seasons.

The dumbest thing is having all the players wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. I can see a day honoring him and patches, but having every player wear #42? How do you know who is warming up when everyone is the bullpen is wearing 42?

bw222 on July 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Speaking of the Ravens…

Browns Fan posts video of himself urinating on Art Modell’s grave

Now you see why Lebron James came back. Cleveland fans hold grudges.

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

(expansion)

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Heh- how many years will you be using that caveat?

CW on July 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Nothing brings out the ire of Ed Morrissey more than anything Ravens.

Post wouldn’t have been written if the name was Le’Veon Bell instead of Ray Rice.

BKeyser on July 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Nah, if Bell went to jail and served time for assault and battery, then it probably wouldn’t even be a blip on Ed’s radar.

Turtle317 on July 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

So the boy from Kerrville isn’t the Messiah?

Ward Cleaver on July 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

It’s the BROWNS, of course he won’t be.

You realize how many times since 1999 they drafted a quarterback that got my hopes up?

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Correction: Substitute Bell with Rice.

Y’all should know I don’t care much for “professional sports”. That’s my disclaimer.

Turtle317 on July 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Heh- how many years will you be using that caveat?

CW on July 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

What is the life expectancy of a 42 year old male who drinks beer but doesn’t smoke?

ConstantineXI on July 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

“My husband beat me until I was unconscious.”
“Give him a slap on the wrist.”

“I hurt myself.”
“This calls for real discipline.”

“He hoited my widdle feewings!”
“How awful!
Throw the book at him!”

itsnotaboutme on July 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

So are you saying my cousin who lost a leg in Afghanistan isn’t a real man because he has season tickets to the Broncos and watches every game that is on TV on Sundays?

Go eff yourself.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I’m saying a man’s time could be much better spent than wasting it on the clown show that is the NFL. But, since your cousin is a fellow veteran he gets a pass.

You don’t … until you take him to the deer stand this Fall. Until then, you know what you can do.

M240H on July 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

mmm … gamey vermin.

M240H on July 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Not surprising–this is the NFL after all.

zoyclem on July 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Ed:

Josh Gordon smoked pot one too many times, and he’s out for the year.

But to put into perspective Ray Rice, the game is rigged for those who show “remorse”, fall to the feet of Roger Goodell, and apologize profusely. Ray Rice, before this event, had a sterling reputation in Baltimore.

His sentence was lightened because he went to Goodell, apologized repeatedly, and pleaded his case of “self-defense.”

That doesn’t make it right. It’s ironic that he’ll be back in time for the NFL to drape itself in Pink to show how much they appreciate female fans…

Rice should have gotten 8 games minimum for this. At the same time, he is one of the few who took his own crime very seriously. He held the press conference, apologized for his actions, and made the right steps to ensure he could get back on the field.

Other players in the league Gordon, Blackmon, Roethlisberger did not do this. So, I hypothesize this could be Goodell saying that players who commit crimes need to take the aftermath seriously and begin to show more remorse. Of course, that sets up consequences on the back end.

Horrible decision by Goodell that I am trying to rationalize, but I’ll just stop now…

Go Bills!

Washington Fancy on July 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Always remember the liberal politically correct pecking order:
Gheys trump Blacks trump Womyns. And of course old white men are at the bottom, especially if they’re rich and own a business.

OccamsRazor on July 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Ohhh, “The Bitch Set Me Up” defense. Isn’t that now a cornerstone of America jurisprudence?

oldleprechaun on July 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

If you can get past the Marion Barry-ness of his actions and statement that night, you’ll see that:

1) She did set him up, and
2) He figured it out pretty quickly, but too late.

BobMbx on July 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Josh Gordon smoked pot one too many times, and he’s out for the year.

Washington Fancy on July 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

He still has his hearing…next week I believe.

CW on July 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Did everyone miss this line:

an altercation that left his then-fiancee (now wife) unconscious

Good way to start out a marriage. He showed his devotion by visiting her everyday in the hospital.

Nate A. on July 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Maybe he suffers from PTSD.

BobMbx on July 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

his then-fiancee (now wife)

Wait. What? She married him, anyway?
Fallon on July 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

That stood out to me as well. Battered Woman Syndrome?

Cheshire_Kat on July 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

That stood out to me as well. Battered Woman Syndrome?

Cheshire_Kat on July 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Nothing that serious. Its official name is NFL Players Wife Syndrome, and the negative effects aren’t even detectable until after the player leaves the league.

BobMbx on July 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Go Nobody!

hawkdriver on July 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Why do I watch these idiots?

Oh, because they have helmets on so I don’t have to see their faces, I’ve never really gotten into the players as individuals so am blissfully ignorant as to what they may really be like as people, therefore I can enjoy the spectacle as if it were a video game.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

This whole thing has made me so sad. We’re big Ravens fans in this house (they used to hold their training camp here in Westminster) and Ray Rice has been a popular player among our three kids, my oldest boy in particular. My son is short and compact and tries to emulate the way Rice plays when we all play football together. It’s a bit of a harsh lesson, to have to teach my relatively young kids that these guys aren’t any better than the rest of us: they just know how to play a sport really well. I’m angry because I like Ray Rice and now he’s turned out to be a very bad person and I’m angry because he’s being so lightly punished. We’ll still root for the Ravens, though. Watching the games is a great way for our friends and family to spend time together.

I miss Matt Birk.

Anna on July 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Rooting for the referee. Lets see em rack up the penalty yardage.

papertiger on July 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

The dumbest thing is having all the players wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. I can see a day honoring him and patches, but having every player wear #42? How do you know who is warming up when everyone is the bullpen is wearing 42?

bw222 on July 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Haven’t you watched the movie?
That’s the whole point of everyone wearing 42 – so we can’t tell them apart…..

(Honestly – that’s one of my favorite lines in the movie.)

dentarthurdent on July 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Nothing that serious. Its official name is NFL Players Wife Syndrome, and the negative effects aren’t even detectable until after the player leaves the league.

BobMbx on July 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Or until the wife has had enough, and the player has made enough money for her to take and live very comfortably….

dentarthurdent on July 24, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Washington Fancy on July 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I think you might want to replay Rice’s “apology”… and news conference. It was a PR disaster.

Here’s just one gem: “One thing I can say is that sometimes in life, you will fail,” Rice said. “But I won’t call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down; it’s not getting up.”

Oh – and he began the whole “apology” – to everyone but his wife…

Did he kiss the ring of Goddell, yes – which is part of the problem with the whole decision that Ed points out. Jones is a great example, once he went to NFL Reeducation Camp 101.

Odie1941 on July 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

his then-fiancee (now wife)

Wait. What? She married him, anyway?
Fallon on July 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

That stood out to me as well. Battered Woman Syndrome?

Cheshire_Kat on July 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I think it’s more like the “buttered bread” syndrome.

pain train on July 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Rice said. “But I won’t call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down; it’s not getting up.”

Odie1941 on July 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Well I guess his wife is the failure then since she got knocked down and didn’t get up.

#PoorChoiceOfWords

pain train on July 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM

So political in correctness is much worse than domestic assault. Got it.

rbj on July 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

That’s not true. The suspension lasted only 8 days. These people were suspended for games (which means a substantial cut in pay).

And I didn’t have a problem with it. Like it or not, the NFL is an entertainment product and it’s bad business to run afoul of the Gay Mafia. The NFL essentialy placated everyone by noisily announcing an “indefinite” suspension until the guy apologized, then reinstated him. Gay Mafia crisis averted.

The one that really surprised me was Michael Vick. I would have thought for SURE that pet owners would have gone ape-$$$$ over him running a dog fighting ring, and would have rained fire and brimstone down on any NFL team that reinstated him after he got out of prison. Yet by all accounts, Vick’s career has totally restored. Truly amazing.

Outlander on July 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Anna on July 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

We could run down a whole list of sports “heroes” over the last 100 years that had some really negative lifestyles and attitudes going on…but yet kids idolized them. But it’s the same with actors, musicians, singers, and others.

I don’t expect these people to be angels, and they will make mistakes. What I don’t like is when they are not held accountable for their actions and repeat the same poor judgement.

But the drugs, booze, womanizing and in some cases theft are bad enough. The violence off the field against both men and women is what should not be tolerated in particular.

Still, around 100 years ago Ty Cobb got away with it-and to the best of my knowledge, he’s still a member of the Hall of Fame.

The true believers, the little boys who never really grew up have always ignored these behaviors. They can’t merge the man on the field with the man in society. They wouldn’t want most of these guys dating their daughters, but they’ll wear their jerseys and talk about them like they’re best buds or something.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Outlander on July 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

They should have kicked him out of the NFL and sent a message. But, of course, they didn’t.

I’ve been hearing here and there that the NFL and NASCAR are heading for some tough times-and they know it. I would assume some of the other major sporting venues as well.

These Generation X-ers and Millennials, as a group, don’t really give a crap about sports, and, face it, the Baby Boomers are beginning to head into nursing home territory, dementia and the happy hunting grounds of the great beyond.

If so, I would think it would be bad for business to allow these thugs to bring bad press to their organizations. Oh, there will always be the scofflaw types that think dog fighting, doing drugs, beating up women, and in the case of guys like Hernandez be involved with murder, is “cool” and makes them feel “badass” by (very distant) association…but I doubt they are a big enough nor affluent enough demographic to carry these multi-billion dollar venues forward into the future.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I think we should let the NFL run the NFL.

Chudi on July 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Anna on July 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Howdy neighbor.

Sure do miss training camp at McDaniel (WMC). And all the Ravens flags on Main Street.

BKeyser on July 24, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I’ve been hearing here and there that the NFL and NASCAR are heading for some tough times-and they know it. I would assume some of the other major sporting venues as well.

These Generation X-ers and Millennials, as a group, don’t really give a crap about sports, and, face it, the Baby Boomers are beginning to head into nursing home territory, dementia and the happy hunting grounds of the great beyond.

***
Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2014 at 6:49 PM

In the long-run, I think the NFL and NBA are going to be in trouble. You are right that most white Gen-X’ers and Millenials have a lesser connection to pro sports. They don’t care about buying tickets-they’ll just watch lazily on TV, if at all. Blacks care, true enough, but they don’t have as much money to pay for tickets. Finally, Hispanics–our fastest-growing demographic group–aren’t football or basketball fans. They prefer baseball and soccer. All in all, NFL and NBA are going to be sucking wind pretty fast if they aren’t already.

Outlander on July 24, 2014 at 7:02 PM

UNF*CKING BELIEVABLE.

I remember when this happened…Yeah, I hate the Ravens,
so what….Hell, maybe he and Ray Lewis can have a beer
and laugh about this….

ToddPA on July 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

So what kind of suspension did Big Ben get when he beat a girl’s head bloody in a bathroom stall so he could rape her while his buddies stood guard outside the door?

As for the inconsistency in the suspensions, the NFL cares about PR more than anything else. Plaxico shooting himself with a concealed gun in a club and anti-gay tweets cause more bad press than Ray Rice whopping his wife in an elevator.

Roger Gooddell sucks as a commissioner. I have all but stopped watching NFL football. He (and the current crop of owners) is ruining the sport.

DRayRaven on July 24, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Refresh my memory. How many games was Ray Lewis suspend for acting as an after the fact accomplice to murder?

philw1776 on July 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

DRayRaven on July 24, 2014 at 7:13 PM

DRayRaven, why didn’t you help the woman in the bathroom? The only way you could know all the “facts” is if you were there yourself. Punishments in the NFL are not based on the severity of the infraction but on the damage that is done to the image of the league itself. This “punishment” makes it look like the league has no compunction with players who strike women. Unless the woman he struck was carrying a bazooka, he had no call to strike her. There is nothing lower than a “man” who would strike a woman, under ANY circumstances. It is the act of a coward and not worthy of anyone who would call themselves a professional athlete.

bandutski on July 24, 2014 at 7:56 PM

HINT…….Football will not survive the Mexification of what’s left of America.

PappyD61 on July 24, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Howdy neighbor.

Sure do miss training camp at McDaniel (WMC). And all the Ravens flags on Main Street.

BKeyser on July 24, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Howdy right back! :)

We miss it too. Besides all the fun of being able to watch, it brought a lot of money to our little city.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I get what you’re saying. My kids don’t look to sports stars (or anyone famous, really) as heroes, thank goodness. My son just has a complex about being shorter and stouter than his younger twin brother and so was happy that a small guy could play with the otherwise big players.

Anna on July 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I think we should let the NFL run the NFL.

Chudi on July 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Definitely. But it’s us fans that choose to watch or not watch or attend their games. I’ve been watching a lot less over the years.

The NFL’s existence isn’t anymore guaranteed than any other organization.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM

As a Ravens fan, Rice’s actions that night, while disappointing, are the actions of a man frustrated with the “flopping” of his then-girlfriend. Yeah, I said “flopping” as anyone with two brain cells to rub together can clearly see that she breaks her fall with both hands after he drags her out of the elevator. If she doesn’t do this she easily smashes her face when he lets her go. You’ll also notice that she moves her legs to get up later in the video.

She’s NOT unconscious and Goodell had nothing else to base a stronger suspension on.

ManWithNoName on July 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

His sentence was lightened because he went to Goodell, apologized repeatedly, and pleaded his case of “self-defense.”

Washington Fancy on July 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Both Rice and Palmer were arrested for their mutual assault.

bmmg39 on July 31, 2014 at 11:36 PM