National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed Thursday that Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice will be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season and fined $58,000 for the events leading up to his February arrest.
The justice system and the NFL have let him off with a slap on the wrist for a February altercation between Rice and then-fiancee Janay Palmer that left Palmer unconscious in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City. He pled not guilty to charges of aggravated assault in the third degree for the altercation. A grand jury indicted the footballer for the charges. However his compliance with a pretrial program, ensured he did not pay a fine or receive jail time. In addition, the indictment will be cleared from his record in one year.
Despite the lack of criminal punishment by the courts, the NFL still found Rice in violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. In the statement released Thursday, Commissioner Goodell said that he spoke with both Rice and new wife Palmer before making the decision.