In a new memo sent to all 32 teams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made a vow to crack down on punishment for domestic violence cases amongst players following the paltry two-game Ray Rice suspension.
Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances,” the letter obtained by Fox Sports read.
“As we do in all disciplinary matters, if we believe that players’ due process rights are infringed upon during the course of discipline, we will assert and defend our members’ rights,” Goodell continued. “My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.”
In February of this year, the Baltimore Ravens star running back was involved in an altercation with his then-fiancée that left her unconscious and dragged from a Atlantic City elevator. He was convicted on third-degree aggravated assault charges and handed the two-game suspension from the league.
The public questioning which Goodell speaks of was reignited earlier this week when Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon received a year-long suspension for a repeat violation of the league’s substance abuse policy by smoking weed.