Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was recently given a two game suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, due to the domestic violence incident in an elevator where Rice apparently punched his wife and knocked her out. Even though Rice has not been in trouble with the league before, the sentiment is that the suspension should have been harsher.And maybe a few years ago it would have been, but that was before Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was charged with a DUI and caught with various prescription drugs. This places Roger Goodell in a huge predicament, because the football world will be waiting to see what type of punishment if any Goodell hands down to Irsay.
If Irsay’s punishment is soft, then many will proclaim that Goodell wasn’t harsher because Jim Irsay is an owner. And if a player were caught in the situation, then Goodell’s punishment would have been stronger. So the question is did Roger Goodell give ray Rice a lighter usual punishment because he wants to appear fair when Irsay’s punishment is announced?
And what is the message that the NFL is sending here? That when an owner screws up, the standards need to be lowered? Because when Goodell first became NFL commissioner he was determined to clean up the NFL, and his punishments on players for wrong doing was very strict. So why does a man who punched out his wife get such a light suspension?
Maybe it’s because Goodell now sits in judgement of an NFL owner, and he wants lighten things up so he won’t have to come down too hard on Jim Irsay.