The NFL is reportedly considering whether to implement tougher penalties for members of the league who become involved in domestic violence cases, including a possible one-year ban for two-time offenders, according to a report Wednesday night from Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
Citing multiple people familiar with the league's most recent conversations about the topic, the NFL would potentially implement a ban of four to six games without pay for a first-time offender and a season-long suspension if the person is involved in a second domestic incident. No final decision on the possible tougher penalties has been made by the league, but a person close to the situation said a decision could be made in the next few weeks. The NFLPA is reportedly not involved in the discussions.
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News of the league having the conversations comes in the same summer that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension by the NFL for allegedly striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, whom he has since married. He will also be fined an additional game check, making his total loss from the penalty approximately $529,000. Goodell said in response to criticisms for what some believed was too short of a sentence for Rice, "[the penalty needed to be] consistent with other cases, and it was in this matter."
One of the people familiar with the situation said he believes the commissioner would like to see tougher penalties, according to the report:
“We need to have stricter penalties. I think you will see that. I believe the commissioner and others would like to see stricter penalties. We need to be more vigilant.”
- Marc Weinreich