The seemingly light punishment Raven running back Ray Rice received from the NFL for knocking his wife out highlights what critics say is a flawed league disciplinary system. Players found to have used marijuana, for example, often get more than Rice's two-week suspension.
Five members of Maryland¿s congressional delegation said for the first time Friday they believe the punishment handed down to Ravens running back Ray Rice by the NFL is insufficient, adding to a growing chorus of elected officials who are raising questions about Goodell's decision.
During an emotional press conference Thursday where he repeatedly apologized to his wife, Janay, and all victims of domestic violence, the three-time Pro Bowl running back was steadfast in accepting the NFL discipline and said he never planned to appeal.
Surrounded by his wife, about 30 of his teammates and about 15 television cameras, Ravens running back Ray Rice repeatedly apologized for his actions that led to his February arrest and vowed to speak out against domestic violence when the time is right.
I am a proud Baltimore native and have been a Ravens fan since the football team moved here in 1996. I am also a pastor and an advocate against domestic violence and rape culture. The alleged behavior of running back Ray Rice, who was accused of knocking out his then fiancee (now wife) during an altercation in Atlantic City, has embarrassed me enough to question being a Ravens fan.
The 32-year-old doesn't intend to retire at this time and has been engaging in what he calls "Organized Vonta Activities" as he continues to run and lift weights each day to remain ready in case a team calls him.
Ravens running back Ray Rice is scheduled to break his silence Thursday, speaking for the first time publicly since being suspended two games by the league for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.
ESPN television personality Stephen A. Smith has been suspended for a week by ESPN, punishment stemming from his controversial remarks on domestic violence following Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspensiojn for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy.