DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - In light of recent criticism, the NFL is taking an aggressive stance on domestic violence.
In a letter to all 32 teams, Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that first-time domestic violence offenders will receive a 6-game ban — at minimum. A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL for at least a year.
“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, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant. Among the circumstances that would merit a more severe penalty would be a prior incident before joining the NFL, or violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. 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. ” via ProFootballTalk
Commissioner Goodell took heat for suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games after he was seen on surveillance video dragging his unconscious fiancee out of a hotel elevator.
In the letter, Goodell admits the suspension was a mistake.
“I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.”
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