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    Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    From the Redzone 7/25/2014

    An impassioned plea from Ray Rice’s wife, Janay Palmer, at the Baltimore Ravens running back’s disciplinary hearing with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly was instrumental in limiting the length of Rice’s league suspension for a domestic violence incident involving Palmer to two games, Jonathan Lehman of the New York Post reports.

    The sentence was perceived as overly lenient in light of the evidence against Rice — which included surveillance video of Rice dragging Palmer’s apparently unconscious body from the elevator of an Atlantic City casino following what police said was a physical altercation between the couple, then engaged, now married.

    A report Friday from Peter King of MMQB.com lays out the reasons why Goodell settled on a mere two-game ban for Rice. Palmer’s testimony was chief among them. A source told the website Palmer vowed Rice’s outburst was a one-time occurrence and urged the commissioner not to spoil Rice’s career with a punitive ban.

    The other reasons included: Rice never had previously violated NFL policy (conduct or substance); Rice was not convicted of a crime in the Atlantic City incident; Rice is very active in community service, especially in anti-bullying campaigns; Rice went into counseling.


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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    Generally speaking men on average are 20% larger then women...we are not talking about "generalities" here, we are talking about a NFL football player getting physical abusive toward a woman. NFL players are not average physically! Sorry don't buy it. Unless she pulled a knife/gun/club or something that makes her dangerous, you walk away, period. Had I been the judge, he'd be rotting in jail and THEN there would be treatment

    All Goodell did was give a free pass for the next knucklehead to slap up a woman. Playing pro-football is a PRVILAGE not a RIGHT. I don't care it was a Raven or a Ram, anyone that commits such a cowardly act, needs a one year suspicion as the least possible punishment.

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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    Ray Rice Cut by Ravens and Suspended by NFL

    (CNN) -- Running back Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Monday, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star knocking out his future wife with a punch in February.

    The news release from the Ravens was terse.

    "The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon," it read.

    Shortly after the team's announcement, the league said the three-time Pro Bowl selection was suspended indefinitely.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who had originally given Rice a two-game ban, increased the suspension after viewing the new video for the first time, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Twitter.

    The NFL players' union didn't immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

    Video shows what happened inside elevator

    The new video shows Rice punching Janay Palmer, who was his fiancee at the time, inside an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, seven months ago.

    TMZ Sports posted the video Monday showing Rice and Palmer entering an elevator. Inside the elevator, Rice punches Palmer. Palmer lunges after Rice, and then Rice hits her again and she falls to the floor.

    Previously, TMZ Sports had released hotel surveillance video of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator. This is the first time video has been released that shows Rice punching her.

    A few months after the incident, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice without pay and fined him an additional game check for "conduct detrimental to the NFL."

    However, no one in the NFL offices, including Goodell, had seen the newly released footage of the incident until Monday, the league told CNN.

    Ray Rice: 'My actions were inexcusable'

    "We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator," NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello said. "That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today."

    Rice won't be prosecuted

    The NFL has previously said that Rice entered a pretrial intervention program in May. Under the program, he won't be prosecuted, and the charges will be expunged after one year.

    In a press conference in July, Rice said his actions were "inexcusable" and that he and his wife are in counseling.

    "We're taking the necessary steps to move forward," he said. "My job is to lead my family. My job is to lead my wife. My job is to lead in whatever I do. And If I'm not being the example, then my family crumbles."

    Goodell admitted punishment was too lenient

    Goodell has already been scrutinized for suspending Rice for just two games, months after the first video aired. Many felt the suspension wasn't enough, and in August, the commissioner himself agreed.

    In a letter to all NFL team owners, he said the league had fallen short of its goals in its handling of the Rice case: "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."

    "I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will," he added.

    Some NFL fans have questioned why Ravens head coach John Harbaugh would call Rice "one heck of a guy," and why the Ravens would tweet out in May "Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident."

    They have also questioned why Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon would be suspended for a year after testing positive for marijuana when Rice was suspended for just two games.

    In his August letter to team owners, Goodell said the league will institute a six-game unpaid suspension for personnel who violate the league's personal conduct policy when it relates to domestic violence. A second domestic violence incident would be punished by a lifetime ban from the league.

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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    So everybody knew without any video evidence that Rice punched his fiancé so hard, she was knocked out in the elevator, but didn't see any need to punish him harshly. Now, the actual video comes out showing what everybody already knew, and he's suddenly released by the Ravens, and suspended indefinitely by the league? In other words, it was no big deal as long as there was no video, but now with the video, it's a despicable act necessitating drastic action. The Ravens and the NFL should be ashamed for originally looking the other way in dealing with the incident.
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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    Really am glad that Goodell admits his mistakes and is now, trying to correct them with domestic violence. Saying that it will not be tolerated. As he is making Rice an example of not to tolerated that. Not just in sports but all over the world!
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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    So everybody knew without any video evidence that Rice punched his fiancé so hard, she was knocked out in the elevator, but didn't see any need to punish him harshly. Now, the actual video comes out showing what everybody already knew, and he's suddenly released by the Ravens, and suspended indefinitely by the league? In other words, it was no big deal as long as there was no video, but now with the video, it's a despicable act necessitating drastic action. The Ravens and the NFL should be ashamed for originally looking the other way in dealing with the incident.
    I couldn't agree more, and brought this point up with my wife when we were discussing it tonight.

    We all knew what happened in that elevator, we knew what video inside the elevator would show. Yet now the video comes out and the ban-hammer is unleashed. This indefinite suspension seems like a move to get ahead of public outrage than anything else.

    Did they think Rice knocked her out gently, and then this video proved otherwise?
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    @ozchrisrock: Just to be clear. Ray Rice was not fired for beating his wife. He was fired because a video of him beating his wife was released.

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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    Ravens and NFL were holding out hope that Ray Rice had put his physically abusive fiancee into a sleeper hold to stop her attacking him

    But not only did she not even hit him (not that it would have been an excuse) he straight out clocked her

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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    While I agree there was a bizarre inconsistency between the reaction/punishment pre- and post-video release, I found myself really creeped out by the video personally.The way he almost casually hauls her out of the elevator, like a sack of potatoes, without any body language indicating remorse or concern for her well-being or respect, is deeply disturbing.

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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    Quote Originally Posted by Azul e Oro View Post
    While I agree there was a bizarre inconsistency between the reaction/punishment pre- and post-video release, I found myself really creeped out by the video personally.The way he almost casually hauls her out of the elevator, like a sack of potatoes, without any body language indicating remorse or concern for her well-being or respect, is deeply disturbing.
    What's also disturbing, it that everything you described was part of the first video everybody saw, but only got Rice a slap on the wrist.

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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    Imagine that, the NFL cleaning up the mess after the fact with embarrassing videos. Too bad the last embarrassing videos didn't make it social media. I guess that is why they were destroyed, because they didn't want this much bad publicity to become public.

    Too bad they didn't go high-and-to-the-right when they saw those videos (that didn't, wink-wink-nod-nod, exist) a few years ago.


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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    Quote Originally Posted by gap View Post
    Imagine that, the NFL cleaning up the mess after the fact with embarrassing videos. Too bad the last embarrassing videos didn't make it social media. I guess that is why they were destroyed, because they didn't want this much bad publicity to become public.

    Too bad they didn't go high-and-to-the-right when they saw those videos (that didn't, wink-wink-nod-nod, exist) a few years ago.


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    Sorry to respond to my own post, but this is looking more and more like spygate part deux. Looks like the NFL was in possession of the recently released video for a couple/few months.


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    Re: Report: Ray Rice’s wife pleaded with Goodell to go light on ban ..

    There is actually a voice mail that confirms the NFL offices received the video, so someone at the NFL got it, but didn't let the commissioner know? Really? Sounds like karma could be coming for Goodell.

    But a law enforcement official told the Associated Press he sent a video of Rice punching Janay Palmer, now Rice's wife, to an NFL executive five months ago. The law enforcement official also played the AP a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."
    And then there is this:

    Goodell made the statement Tuesday during an interview with CBS News, saying the latest video released by TMZ Sports about the incident was "inconsistent" with what the former Baltimore Ravens running back had told him. But four sources close to Rice say that during the disciplinary meeting in the commissioner's office on June 16, Rice told Goodell he had hit Janay Rice, then his fiancee, in the face inside a Revel Casino Hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and had knocked her unconscious.
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