The NFL Commissioner may be having a change of heart, or got hit with common sense, after analyzing the two game suspension Rice received. This comes a day after Gordon’s appeal was upheld and has been suspended for a whole season for marijuana use and DUI.
Goodell wrote a letter to the NFL owners that he was wrong for the “slap on the hand” punishment he gave Rice for assaulting a woman. NFL posted the open letter from Goodell:
“At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals. We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place. 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.”
The new violations for the Personal Conduct policy (assault, sexual assault, domestic violence):
“will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense.” A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL for at least one year. An individual can petition for reinstatement after one year, but “there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted.”
Sorry Goodell, you still don’t sit right with me. Where was this thought before the weak suspension?