Thursday, July 24, 2014
Roger Goodell's letter to Ray Rice
By Jamison Hensley
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell officially announced a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Rice’s suspension will begin on August 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement on Monday, September 12, following the Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.
Rice may appeal this decision within three days.
In a letter to Rice, Goodell stated:
“As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.
“You will be expected to continue to take advantage of the counseling and other professional services you identified during our meeting. As you noted, this additional assistance has been of significant benefit to you and your wife, and it should remain a part of your practice as appropriate.
“I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career. I am now focused on your actions and expect you to demonstrate by those actions that you are prepared to fulfill those expectations.”