It can be dan­gerous busi­ness to pub­licly com­ment on the dis­ci­pli­nary action taken by NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Goodell regarding Ravens run­ning back Ray Rice. His two-​​game sus­pen­sion of Rice for domestic vio­lence has out­raged many com­men­ta­tors for its leniency. Others who have down­played the seri­ous­ness of Rice’s mis­con­duct or blamed the victim rightly have suf­fered penal­ties of their own. The real problem with Goodell’s action, how­ever, is that it con­sti­tutes a lost oppor­tu­nity to alter the way people behave.

Rice deserves a loss of income for the damage he has caused to the NFL’s rep­u­ta­tion. The reality is that a much more serious penalty — for example, a year’s sus­pen­sion — would not have been upheld by the NFL’s labor arbi­trator. How­ever, Goodell’s action can be faulted because it is mis­di­rected and does not do much to address the serious soci­etal dys­func­tion of spousal abuse.

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