The NFL is taking the lead in both sports and politics when it comes to domestic violence. After a botched decision by the NFL to suspend Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games after knocking out his now wife in the elevate, they announce a new policy. Although it will not affect Ray Rice, in a letter to team owners, the new rules for domestic violence were revealed.
Effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant.” (This will not affect Rice’s current suspension.) A second offense will result in a ban from the league, with the opportunity to apply for reinstatement after one year.
The NFL not only proved a point, but it took an unprecedented approach to domestic violence in America. No state in the United States has a harsher law against domestic violence. For a sport who denied concussions in the past or any wrong doing started the letter by saying it made a mistake on the Ray Rice decision shows the NFL is doing the right thing.
With a sport built on emotion and manhood within six months has seen an openly gay athlete (Michael Sam) who as of today looks like he’ll make the deep defensive line of the Rams to them choosing to protect women at the home as a business blueprint is good for sports overall.
Unlike the U.S. Congress in 2013 who used the Violence Against Women Act as a political football, no one opposed this policy.
Ray Rice may not want to take about the incident in the elevator, but the NFL should call this the Ray Rice rule and force him to speak on behalf of the NFL on domestic violence. The fact of the matter is domestic violence is a serious issue and should be subject to harsh punishment. Intimidating your spouse is bad for the family and bad for a man’s image.