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Domestic Voilence Raises Its Ugly Head in NFL

As NFL teams transitioned from the preseason to regular season domestic violence reared  its ugly head, as a few players made headlines for their aggressive behavior off the field.

Ray Rice at Baltimore Ravens Training Camp in 2009/Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Ray Rice at Baltimore Ravens Training Camp in 2009/Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Since a graphic video surfaced of former Ravens running back Rice punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator, Goodell has been under fire over the league’s handling of a February attack between star running back  Rice and his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. A  video showed Rice dragging a seemingly unconscious Palmer out of an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J. casino.

The NFL suspended Rice indefinitely and the Ravens terminated his contract . After the video surfaced of the running back punching his then-fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator on Feb. 15. The NFL Players Association announced September 16 it is appealing the suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back  Rice.

“The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that show a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL,” the union said in a statement tonight. “The NFLPA has asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator to hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the preceding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators,” the NFLPA said.

The former Baltimore Ravens player was arrested and charged with aggravated assault  in New Jersey.

There are many ways in which aggravated assault can be committed. You may be charged with this if the prosecution has probable cause to believe you:

  1. Cause or attempted to cause serious bodily injury to another
  2. Purposely or knowingly caused or attempted to cause bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon,
  3. Recklessly caused bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon,
  4. Pointed a firearm in the direction of another showing extreme indifference to human life, or
  5. If you commit a simple assault on a protected person (law enforcement, emergency services worker, judge, operator of public transportation, or utility employee acting in their job.

Aggravated assault could be charged as a crime of the fourth degree or up to a crime of the second degree. The charge you face depends on the circumstances of your offense and the result of the action. If the alleged victim was actually injured, your charges and potential penalty will be much higher.

This means, for a charge of aggravated assault, you could face as much as 10 years in prison.

It’s a sad day in the world of sports when a professional athlete feels he can strike a female and cause bodily harm without punishment. Any man who would hit a women in my book is a sad excuse of a man and needs punishment of some kind.

In my opinion,  the legal system should treat Rice like any other citizen that would hit a woman. He needs to step up, be a man and admit he has an anger management problem. Then he should enroll in some anger management classes.

Roger Goodell, at 2010 Super Bowl. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Roger Goodell, at 2010 Super Bowl. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.

It is easy for an athlete to get caught up in the dream of becoming a professional athlete in high school or college because many athletes only think about the fame and the fortune of the profession while trying to figure out what career to persue. There’s nothing better than taking something that you’re really good at and making lots of money with it. But a young athlete needs to be aware of the facts. The number of high school athletes that actually go on to play college and pro sports is extremely competitive, and that’s putting it mildly.

Ray McDonald at a 2008 preseason game. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Ray McDonald at a 2008 preseason game. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Just three days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell created stronger sanctions for players involved in domestic violence, 49ers starting defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of felony domestic violence charges involving his fiancée who is pregnant . The 49ers put him on the team’s inactive list while he awaits trial.

While Adrian Peterson, 29, was indicted  on a charge he injured his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch and has an

Adrian Peterson Vikings
Adrian Peterson Vikings

arraignment scheduled for Oct. 8. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty, but the Vikings announced September 17 he was placed on the Exempt Commissioner  Permission List,while Peterson takes care of his legal issue.

Peterson cooperated  fully with investigators as they looked into theallegations of child abuse. The Vikings running back did go old school on his son. In this day and age a parent still has the right to discipline his child.

North  Carolina Panther Greg Hardy, was convicted of domestic violence charges over the summer but has appealed and is awaiting a jury trial.

Hardy, a former Ole Miss star, was convicted in July after his May arrest on charges of assault and communicating threats against his former girlfriend. Nicole Holder accused him of throwing her down on a couch and threatening to shoot her if she told anyone.

Hardy received a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months of probation following a 10-hour bench trial, but demanded a jury trial as part of his appeal. His jury trial is expected to begin Nov. 17 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  Currently Hardy has been placed on the Exempt Commissioner Permission List and will continue receiving a pay check while he wait’s for trail.

Currently the league has a policy of a 6 game suspension for a domestic violence charge. A second charge would bring a life time banned from the league. The league  should develop some new rules on domestic violence that is fair to all going forward.