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Ruling underscores NFL's incompetence in addressing players' off-the-field activity
Ruling underscores NFL's incompetence in addressing players' off-the-field activity

Whatever you thought of the sickening sight of Ray Rice cold-cocking his girlfriend in the elevator, the Baltimore Ravens and the National Football League were just flailing in panic when they immediately cut him and banned him from the league in September. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones was right to reinstate the running back Friday. And not just because the league punished him twice — a two-game suspension and then, when the film from the elevator landed, an indefinite suspension, in a sports-league version of double jeopardy. Her decision points up how uncomprehending and inept the NFL is when it tries to manage the private lives of its players. Minnesota running...

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