An Open Letter to Roger Goodell
It is difficult to write this knowing it will have absolutely no effect on your prior decisions or your future ones. My intentions with this letter are to show however many people that read this that you are a fraud and a failure as Commissioner of the National Football League. You are the ultimate decision maker on penalties given to players that violate the Personal Conduct Policy that you put into place. This letter deals with the fact you decided to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for a whole two games after he knocked his wife unconscious in a casino elevator, and then attempted to carry her lifeless body out of said elevator.
This punishment or lack there of is an insult to victims of domestic violence everywhere. Being an NFL fan I am aware of all the wonderful things the NFL does for charities and those who are less fortunate, whether it is your involvement in the United Way, or making October Breast Cancer Awareness month and requiring players to wear pink. It’s great to know you can make the athletes wear pink during the month October, but you can’t suspend Ray Rice for a whole month? Oh but of course if a player tests positive for Adderall they will get suspended for four games. Having graduated from college I know many abusers of Adderall, as many college students take the drug to stay awake and study. The precedent you are setting, is that domestic violence abusers in the NFL will not be punished as strictly as players who use Adderall. It could possibly be the most ridiculous thing I have ever come across in my 25 years on this Earth.
There has been talk you are using this terribly weak punishment to make your future decision on Colts owner Jim Irsay just as lenient as well. I however do not believe a man as educated as yourself would be that arrogant. I hope you consider the backlash you are receiving due to the suspension as a way to educate yourself on domestic violence and how prevalent it is in our nation. I know you will not change your ruling, although I hope that you do. In the future, if other domestic violence issues arise, I hope you will stand up and be a man, and actually punish those who are abusers.
If you do ever read this letter I would encourage you to contact me, and explain to me your views on why this punishment is justified.
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