NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is apologizing for his decision in the Ray Rice domestic violence case, while also unveiling changes in the league's policy. Goodell has issued an open letter admitting he fell short in punishing the Baltimore Ravens running back for allegedly knocking his now wife unconscious at an Atlantic City casino earlier this year.
Rice was suspended for just two games and Goodell says that decision led the public to question the league's sincerity and commitment in a taking a strong stance on a critical issue.
As a result, violations of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault involving physical force will now be subject to a six-game suspension without pay for a first offense and a ban of at least one year for a second offense.
Individuals can petition for reinstatement after one year, but Goodell says there is no assurance the petition will be granted.
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