After nearly a week of criticism regarding the short length of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice‘s two-game suspension for assaulting his then-fiancée Janay Palmer, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch responded Monday morning on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike.”
Birch unleashed a lengthy quote explaining how he believes that the suspension was justified. To sum it up, Birch is under the impression that the NFL did a sufficient job of punishing Rice and is in strong opposition against the notion that the length of Rice’s suspension is too light.
Birch, representing the NFL, showed complete ignorance in his defense against the onslaught of statements that Rice was not punished harsh enough for domestic violence. While suspending the player does show that the NFL does not condone his actions, the length of the suspension and vehement defense by Birch regarding its length, proves that the league does not believe domestic violence is a severe crime.
The reputation of the NFL is in jeopardy following Birch’s defense Rice’s suspension. It is time for commissioner Roger Goodell to step in and take control of this situation before it gets any worse.