Not too many people were happy with the NFL decision to only suspend Baltimore Raven Running Back Ray Rice for only two games, so much so that the NFL is thinking about implementing a system for future offenders. According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL is considering toughing their policies regarding domestic abuse after the backlash they received.
Via Washington Post:
The prospective new policy, if it is implemented, could establish guidelines for a suspension of four to six games without pay for a first offense and potentially a season-long suspension for a second incident, according to those with knowledge of the matter. They spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic and because no final decision has been made by the league on implementing the policy.
“We need to have stricter penalties,” said one person with knowledge of the league’s deliberations on the matter. “I think you will see that. I believe the commissioner and others would like to see stricter penalties. We need to be more vigilant.”
There shouldn’t be any thought to this. Its needed. There have been one too many domestic violent cases and instances, even some coming from the college level. While Ray Rice got off easy with only a two game suspension, going forward there needs to be proper punishment to let players know its NOT ok to harm a woman. The NFL should probably, if not already, offer anger management classes for these men if they are having trouble at home. Therapy might be a good idea to help players channel their anger and express it in a more healthy way.