NFL’s strange policies on player penalties

Last year on Feb. 15, police arrested Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice and his fiancé – now wife – Janay Palmer on domestic violence charges. The official police report said that Palmer was knocked unconscious after Rice struck her. The couple was released on the same day, thanks to high-paid lawyers defending the “minor physical altercation.”

On Feb. 19, TMZ released a video of the running back dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator. Rice’s lawyer said, “The video that has been put up by TMZ shows the very end of what transpired between Ray and his fiancee.”


As a result, NFL took action by suspending Rice from three of his games.

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It wasn’t until Sept. 8 when Rice was cut from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely. The punishment had been prolonged because the NFL claimed never to have seen the video. The running back was reinstated into the NFL on Nov. 28.

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But Rice is not the only player feeling the heat. Cleveland Browns’ player Josh Gordon failed multiple drug tests over marijuana and alcohol.

As a result, NFL took action by suspending Gordon for a whole year, considering this to be Gordon’s third violation.

The NFL punishment sparked outcry amongst fans and NFL players themselves.

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Author: Nhi Le

Nhi Le – aka Nikki – joins The Eye for her third and final year as a senior. She enjoys comic books, crime novels, and an excessive use of verbal irony.

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