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Katie Brickman - Between the Lines

NFL moves in right direction with new policy - Roger Goodell finally admitted he was wrong. It took longer than it should have and he shouldn’t have gotten it wrong in the first place, but progress, I guess. On Thursday, Goodell announced a new policy for the National Football League that introduced severe penalties for future domestic abuse and sexual assault violations. This is a direct response to the widespread and critical criticism the NFL commissioner got over the Ray Rice two-game suspension. Rice violently assaulted his now wife in February in a casino elevator. He was caught on security footage dragging her lifeless body off the elevator.   The six-year veteran was indicted on a third-degree aggravated assault charge, but was later admitted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged. It was after Goodell joined Rice in the program that he suspended him for just two games without pay. I am not entirely sure why it took so long for Goodell to realize he “didn’t get it right”, with Rice, but the new policy is a slight move in the right direction. The Associated Press obtained the memo that Goodell sent out to all 32 team owners, which stated “We allowed out 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.” Goodell’s letter continued to state that his decision led the public to question their understanding of domestic violence and that he didn’t get it…

Photo : Katie Brickman August 28, 2014
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