The NFL is considering a change in policy regarding its players who are convicted of domestic violence. The issue has been in the spotlight following Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two game suspension for the February altercation with his wife.
The new proposal was stipulate that a minimum four game suspension for a first offense and if there is a second, up to a year.
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.”
This is a step in the right direction, but I can’t help but wonder why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t think of this as he was offering an explanation for the brevity of Ray Rice’s suspension. I guess some situations are meant to be the catalyst for change.