NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses Ray Rice suspension

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses Ray Rice suspension Photo:

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to reporters Friday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, about Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and the league's policy against domestic violence. 

This is the first time Goodell has addressed the media since Rice was issued a two-game suspension for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee (now wife) in a February altercation inside a casino elevator.

Some of Goodell's remarks were relayed on Twitter by Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun

At a news conference on Thursday, Rice addressed the media for the first time since being issued the suspension. "Violence of any kind, especially man on woman, is not right," Rice said. "I have to pay for that."

A group of senators on Thursday sent a letter to Goodell urging him to increase the severity of the punishment handed down to Rice.

More: Lenient penalty for Ray Rice troubling proof of where NFL's priorities lie

Will NFL ramp up punishments after fumbling Ray Rice case?

On Tuesday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Don Banks and NFL writer Chris Burke discuss Ray Rice's two-game suspension and why the NFL has not reacted to public backlash.

- Chris Johnson

More NFL