The softness of rices penalty is inconsistent with EVERY CASE. Never mind Ben.
Is smoking dope worse than punching a woman?
Thus the outrage from all corners.
I can indeed compare Ben to every other case and know how it happened. Goodell is concerned with "perceptions" not justice. Nothing to do with race.
Rice is the exception not the rule. Rice is inconsistent with his ENTIRE track record.
Now "I" am going to take a POV I have never taken and have argued against.
Many have accused Goodell of having a soft spot for the Ravens. For the first time I believe it.
As far as this case, my comments regarding Roethlisberger are removing the focus from where it should be...the ridiculous discipline for a very heinous act. I hope both Rice and Goodell are justly and widely criticized from coast to coast.
While the drug policy is consistent, enforcement of the "personal conduct" policy is anything but consistent. It's entirely in one man's hands, and he has been known to waver dramatically based on public sentiment and how much negative publicity an incident garners.
To JAX 1.22 (780 pts)
To PIT 2.36 (540 pts) + 3.67 (255 pts) = 795 pts
2.36 OLB Eli Harold 6'3" 247 Virginia
2.56 TE Clive Walford 6'4" 251 Miami
3.67 CB Alex Carter 6'0" 196 Stanford
3.87 CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu 5'9" 192 Oregon
4.121 OT Donovan Smith 6'6" 338 Penn St
5.160 FS Adrian Amos 6'0" 218 Penn St
6.199 WR Stefon Diggs 6'0" 195 Maryland
6.212 OLB Kyle Emanuel 6'3" 255 North Dakota St
7.239 RB John Crockett 6'0" 217 North Dakota St
It's from Bleacher Report, so take it with a grain of salt, but thought this was an interesting theory:
The smartest person I know associated with professional football, a former high-ranking team executive, theorized the Rice punishment was soft because it provides cover for a potentially light suspension of Jim Irsay. If the suspension of Rice was severe, the theory goes, and Irsay's, by comparison, isn't, the league would be accused of protecting ownership.