When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice a measly two-game suspension and fine for allegedly punching his then-fiancée and current wife and knocking her out, he was criticized immensely.
Oftentimes, the league dishes out season-long suspensions, yet sidelined Rice for only two weeks.
However, this mistake will not happen again. Goodell sent a letter to team owners. In the letter, Goodell states, “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… A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL; while an individual may petition for reinstatement after one year, there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary standards will apply to all NFL personnel…”
The new punishment will prevent repeat of the previous mistake.