Does the NFL care more about deflated footballs than domestic violence?
On Thursday, the third-degree aggravated assault charges that Rice faced were dismissed after completing his pre-trial intervention. Rice had to pay only $125 in fines and take anger management counseling for those charges. Had he been convicted of third-degree assault, he could have faced three to five years in prison and a fine up to $15,000. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence was against Rice having a pre-trial intervention; they believe only “victimless crimes” should get this type of opportunity.
The NFL originally suspended Rice for two games following his arrest. The video of Rice assaulting his wife was published by TMZ, which pressured the NFL to increase the punishment. In September, Rice was indefinitely suspended, but this decision was overturned in an appeal less than two months later.
Tom Brady was suspended for four games for the Deflategate scandal surrounding the deflation of footballs. His appeal is currently being heard by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The NFL is taking the deflation of footballs issue more seriously than a domestic assault incident that was caught on tape and given national attention.
With this case over and the NFL having already overturned Rice’s suspension, citizens can only hope that if this happens again with another player, the courts and the NFL will take domestic violence more seriously.
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