The Role Of Domestic Violence In Professional Sports

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Imagine being a 28-year-old, NFL star, out of Rutgers University, a household name especially in Baltimore. Rushing for 6,000+ yards, with just over 1,000 carries for eight short seasons. Some would classify that as a good start to a career. But, in the blink of an eye it 's all gone. Then the blink of an eye it was over because of the videotaped scandal that exposed himself and the NFL of wrongdoing. This man was the running back for the Super Bowl XLVII Champions, Baltimore Ravens, Ray Rice. On February 15, 2014, Rice was arrested for domestic violence after being caught on hotel camera for punching his now wife in the face. But, then the NFL came under for their wrong doing, they had only originally suspended Rice for two games after he was indicted by a grand jury. Today in professional sports, domestic violence is becoming an epidemic spreading like a wildfire …show more content…
That rule is the first one listed under their expectations, but yet, it is such an issue in the league. The reason may be because they do not have set standards for this issue. In the handbook, it is found that domestic violence falls under drug use, harassment or even risking the integrity of the league. Let 's take a look at Josh Gordon who in 2013 was suspended for two games after breaking the drug policy for smoking marijuana. Now, compare it to Ray Rice, whose case has already been stated, who was originally for two games as well. Or when Tom Brady faced a four game suspension for being accused of deflating ball, which eventually was overturned. Clearly, there was no set guideline as to how punishments were handled. In reality, of those three cases smoking pot and being accused of deflating ball are not the same as being seen on camera assaulting a

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