NFL considers harsher domestic violence bans: Report

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice warms up during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice...

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice warms up during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans, Louisiana, in this file photo taken January 30, 2013. Rice, who has been suspended by the National Football League without pay for the first two games of the 2014 season for hitting his wife, apologized to her and vowed to speak out against domestic violence. (REUTERS)

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The National Football League is considering toughening the penalties for domestic violence in the wake of the uproar created by the two-game ban handed to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The new policy, if implemented, could establish guidelines for a suspension of four to six games without pay for a first offense and potentially a season-long suspension for a second incident, multiple sources told the newspaper.


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Rice allegedly knocked his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, unconscious in February before surveillance video caught him dragging her body out of an elevator.

The NFL was widely criticized for what was seen as a light sanction handed down to the three-time Pro Bowl running back.

"We need to have stricter penalties," a person with knowledge of the league's deliberations told the Post.

"I think you will see that. I believe the commissioner and others would like to see stricter penalties. We need to be more vigilant."


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Rice, who is now married to Palmer, pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into an intervention program in May.

The NFL did not comment on the report.

 

 


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