The 4 letter network strikes again! Danny Kanell appeared on Dari & Mel Saturday and agreed with Roger Goodell’s two game suspension of Ray Rice. Kanell commented that Goodell knows more than the rest of us about what exactly went on between Rice and his lady. I have no idea what Rice or his wife said to Goodell and frankly I do not care. No matter what she did, there is no action short of shooting him with a gun that justifies a male hitting a female period.
The other aspect of the Rice suspension that Kanell mentioned was that this was the first violation of any kind that Rice has committed. SO WHAT! In my opinion it is the severity of the violation and not the past record of the individual that should determine the length of the suspension.
Kanell said he has 3 daughters. That surprised me more than anything else. My wife and I have 3 daughters as well. I would never say that anything could ever justify a guy striking a woman.
The other aspect of this debacle is the inconsistency of the suspension decisions. A player that traded autographs for tattoos got a 4 game suspension despite the fact that it happened before he declared for the NFL draft. The second failed test of smoking pot gets a player a 4 game suspension. How can Goodell possibly justify a 2 game suspension for Rice? If Rice had thrown her off a 2nd floor balcony would that be a 4 game suspension?
There is another possibility that could explain the decision. Colts owner Jim Irsay is facing suspension for DUI and controlled substance possession. Could the reduced penalty for Rice be a warmer and fuzzier Goodell as he faces suspending an owner? We will likely know more about that possibility when the decision on the appeal of Brown WR Josh Gordon comes down. I do not expect any reduction in the indefinite suspension on Gordon.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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