Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL last week, a reversal of the NFL June announcement of a much criticized two week suspension resulting from his February assault on his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Rice.The NFL and Baltimore Ravens have stated that they did not see the full video of the incident until it was released by TMZ, and there are conflicting reports about what Rice told them. Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said on Sep. 10 that Rice "didn't lie" to him about what was on the video. In a letter to the NFLPA on Sep. 12, Goodell said that Rice gave a "starkly different" version of events than what was revealed on the second tape released by TMZ.
Sources allege that the NFL was sent the elevator video in April. The source said he had a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number confirming the video arrived.
Of the 47 incidents of NFL players arrested or charged for violent crimes toward women since Goodell became commissioner in 2006, none resulted in a suspension of more than one game according to reports.
There is reportedly no double jeopardy clause in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement and the NFL has the right to modify Ray Rice’s suspension to anything they want. Rice has reportedly been in discussions with lawyers about potential strategies and actions.
In your opinion, was the decision to indefinitely suspend Rice strictly a PR move? Should Roger Goodell’s job be in jeopardy? Do you think Rice will be eventually reinstated?