May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on stage during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Does the NFL think weed is worse than Domestic Violence?

As the debate rages over whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s two game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was harsh enough?  One has to wonder exactly what made Goodell come to the conclusion that domestic violence isn’t as egregious an offense as failing a drug test?  I mean, you see players who fail drug tests routinely getting suspended for a lot more games.  So what gives?

Because the message being sent by Goodell and the NFL is that hitting a woman isn’t as bad a thing as say smoking weed.  I’m not saying the NFL should condone its players using drugs, I’m saying that if the NFL thinks that a player hitting a woman should be judged in a better light than a player who fails a drug test, then NFL is out of touch with reality.

Roger Goodell had a chance to make a statement against domestic violence, and send a message to NFL players that such actions will not be tolerated.  But with such a light suspension on Ray Rice, all Goodell ended up doing is sending the message that the NFL doesn’t think that domestic violence is quite as important an issue as drug use.

Goodell alluded to the fact that Ray Rice had never been in trouble with the league before and that was something he took into consideration when he determined Rice’s suspension.  Saying that Rice is a good man who made a mistake.  But hitting a woman shouldn’t be a mistake the NFL allows its players to make.  And now Goodell has compounded Rice’s mistake by making one of his own.

I have wondered why Goodell has all of a sudden gone soft?  From a man who wanted to clean up the NFL, to a man who now seems intent on demolishing the foundation of discipline that he’d laid down since becoming commissioner.  So is weed worse than domestic violence?  The NFL seems to be inferring that it is.  But I can’t say that I agree with that.  What do you think?

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