The NFL is dealing with a pre-season controversy involving one of its star players. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season after he was arrested in February for assaulting his then-fiancé Janay Palmer (they are now married).
There’s a cell phone video of Rice dragging Palmer off an elevator at an Atlantic City casino after, police say, he had knocked her out. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the two-game suspension, which critics say is too lenient.
Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks tweeted “NFL not usually tone deaf, but 2 game suspension for Ray Rice defies logic and explanation. Sends wrong message in all capitals.”
- Mike Pesca, Here & Now sports analyst and host of Slate’s daily podcast The Gist. He tweets @pescami.