Is The NFL’s New Policy on Domestic Violence a Publicity Stunt?

On the heels of Ray Rice’s two game suspension for assaulting his then girlfriend, now wife, another NFL player has been suspended from the league, but this time for the entire 2014 season.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon’s offense?

Smoking marijuana.

Let me get this straight. Violently assaulting a woman equates to a two game suspension, but failing a drug test amounts to an entire year on the bench?

No matter where your moral compass stands on smoking pot, I think we can all agree that beating your girlfriend up so badly that she is rendered unconscious is a far worse crime.

Perhaps not too surprisingly, just a few days after the fallout of this decision, which was stacked on top of the prior controversy regarding Rice’s lenient suspension, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has come out with a lengthy statement on how the NFL can do better.

We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place. My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didnít get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.

In addition to admitting fault, Goodell has, effective immediately, instituted a revamped domestic violence policy which punishes first time offenders with a six game suspension and second time offenders with a ban from the NFL for at least a year, after which an individual can petition for reinstatement.

While many have applauded the NFL for finally taking a stance on domestic violence, I for one am skeptical of the sincerity behind this announcement. After the incredible amount of bad press the league has received as they prepare to kick off the 2014 season, they would be crazy not to try to repair their image. After all, the NFL exists because of its fans and the public was overwhelmingly disappointed.

I have to wonder, had Gordon not been suspended so closely following the Rice scandal, would Goodell have even released this statement?

Sure his words sounds well intentioned, but the pessimistic side of me can’t help but think it’s just an attempt at getting some good press to outweigh all the criticism. With such a large platform and millions of fans to educate, I certainly hope I’m wrong

What do you think?

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293 comments

Jim V
Jim V5 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S5 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Beth F.
Beth F3 years ago

Applause to Robert V- (& only just started reading comments..) True, re: liquor sponsors...true worse than porn in some ways. Football (most sports) are just simulated war- as if we needed more violence or CONFLICT in this F*king world!!!!! The "Victim's Advocate" system does nothing- I know 1sthand (hadn't broken a bone in my 45 yrs until my ex assaulted last year- He spent ONE night in jail, no fines, NOTHING. Every time I think the world's making promising strides there's one more reminder of the Boys' Club (athletes or not). So disgusted about the subject I could puke.

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Frank Hanline
Frank H3 years ago

Howdy all,

Seems the "powers that be at C2C have deleted a few of my posts. As I don't condone censorship, I can't see a reason to continue discussing things on this thread.

Alisha W: If you'd like to continue to chat, send me a private email

The the dictators at C2C can't delete that

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June Lacy
June Lacy3 years ago

I SAY THIS RULE SHOULD CROSS ALL AVENUES OF SOCIETY.......

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Fred Arthur T.
Fred Arthur T3 years ago

Why is nothing being done to find out what causes a man to commit domestic violence against a woman and cure him of all of the problems that cause him to commit domestic violence against a woman in the first place?

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Sharon Tyson
sharon Tyson3 years ago

I am told that the game of football has many, many female fans. These women need to make their feelings and opinions known with action. E-mail the owners, and speak out on social media. My Facebook page is full of football news. I haven't seen one post on this issue. Where are the men? Didn't they find this violence revolting and appalling. I don't think this is the image that the NFL wants to project.

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Dana A.
Dana A3 years ago

This is the first time I have exhausted myself reading the comments.

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Frank Hanline
Frank H3 years ago

Oh yes Alisha, from "wehuntedthemammoth" and Anita Sarkeesian, I saw lots of truly deranged posts but no mention of where they were from. Would you know where those quotes are coming from? Appreciate it

No doubt there are truly sick and demented people, like Elliott who seemed to read more from Valerie Solanas than anything I've seen on AVFM, but men are not the only ones who are violent or espouse violence

Later, I have to go put a roof on the shed, drink beer and do other manly things ;)

Yeah, I tell my daughters that and they roll their eyes too!

Ciao

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Frank Hanline
Frank H3 years ago

Oh yes Alisha, from "wehuntedthemammoth" and Anita Sarkeesian, I saw lots of truly deranged posts but no mention of where they were from. Would you know where those quotes are coming from? Appreciate it

No doubt there are truly sick and demented people, like Elliott who seemed to read more from Valerie Solanas than anything I've seen on AVFM, but men are not the only ones who are violent or espouse violence

Later, I have to go put a roof on the shed, drink beer and do other manly things ;)

Yeah, I tell my daughters that and they roll their eyes too!

Ciao

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