The NFL announced today that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games and and fined an additional game check for an incident in which he allegedly assaulted his wife.
Back in February, Rice was arrested for reportedly punching Janay Palmer Rice, his fiancee at the time, in an Atlantic City hotel.
After a video surfaced of Rice dragging Palmer’s unconscious body out of an elevator, Rice was charged with aggravated assault.
In May, Rice pleaded not guilty, but later that month entered a “diversionary” program that allowed him to avoid a criminal trial, reported The Baltimore Sun.
Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.
Rice and Janay got married days after the alleged assault.
Today, the NFL announced Rice's suspension "for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Rice: "We simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women."
"It's not a big deal," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said today, noted Sports Illustrated. "It's just part of the process. We always said from the beginning that the circumstances would determine the consequences. There are consequences when you make a mistake like that."
Apparently, it really isn't a "big deal" for the NFL as NFLShop.com is selling a pink Ray Rice jersey for women (pictured above) described as:
You love watching your Ravens defeat the competition—especially when Ray Rice is on the field. Show your support for Baltimore and your favorite player with this Draft Him Shimmer V-neck tee. It boasts a team logo on the front with a #27 embellished with rhinestones, and has Rice's name and number on the back, so everyone can see that you're rooting for the best!
In another dose of irony, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who failed a drug test, but didn't assault anyone, was suspended for an entire season, reports ESPN.