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NFL vice president Adolpho Birch says Ray Rice's discipline was 'appropriate'
NFL vice president Adolpho Birch says Ray Rice's discipline was 'appropriate'

Facing heavy criticism that the NFL didn't go far enough in suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch characterized the punishment as appropriate. Rice's discipline stemmed from a felony aggravated assault case in Atlantic City, N.J., where he was involved in an altercation that left his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious. Rice was accepted into a pretrial diversion program by prosecutors in which he avoided jail time. "The discipline that was taken by the NFL is the only discipline that occurred, with respect to Mr. Rice, in this case,"...