When the NFL announced that Ray Rice would receive a 2-game suspension for allegedly knocking out his then-fiancee, the backlash was swift and resounding. The paltry punishment sent the message that the league doesn’t take domestic violence seriously, especially considering that players routinely receive longer suspensions for much lesser crimes like recreational drug use. In an apparent attempt at damage control, commissioner Roger Goodell announced a new league policy under which players accused of domestic violence would receive an immediate one-year suspension for the first offense. Under the new policy, a second offense would result in potential banishment from the league.
While I support the league’s attempt to clamp down on domestic violence, it’s hard to see this as anything more than a publicity stunt. It also seems hypocritical coming from a corporation (the NFL) whose main product is extreme violence, and that has gone to extreme lengths to avoid having to protect their players from (or compensate them for) the life-altering injuries their sport is known to cause. The other issue is that of due process. Under the new policy, it appears that a suspension could be assessed purely on the basis of an allegation, which could lead to innocent players being penalized unfairly. However, given the highly politicized nature of this particular issue, it’s unlikely that any mainstream journalist will raise these issues publicly.
McDonald’s Big Mac advertisement, 1969
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