NFL Promulgates Tougher Punishment for Domestic Violence


Recently, domestic violence has been in the news and that also related to sportspersons. These sportspersons are a role model for the youngsters of today and that is why the NFL has decided to enforce strict punishment for those who resort to domestic violence in their personal life. The new punishments have already been chalked out and players have been told to adhere to a disciplined life.

According to Roger Goodell, the Commissioner, for the first instance of domestic violence, there will be a suspension for a minimum of six weeks. If the offence is repeated a second time, then the punishment will be banishment from the league. Goodell also acknowledged that he had not done the right thing in giving Ray Rice, who is a running back for Baltimore Ravens, only a 2 game suspension after he had hit his then fiancé (and current wife).

To remedy the mistake, he has drafted a memo and letter and sent it to all the teams’ owners – all 32 of them. The teams’ owners have been instructed to distribute the memo to all the players and make them aware that “Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances.”

The memo further states that if NFL violation of policies “regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force” takes place; they “will be subject to enhanced discipline.” There will be no bargaining or negotiation in case of domestic violation with the players’ union, even if the punishment is for a second time offence in  which the player “may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted.”

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Sam Dunis
Sam comes from Edinburgh and grew up with his mother and step-dad. His father left the country when he learnt he was going to be a father. Sam never had the opportunity to see him and still wonders what he looks like. School wasn’t his thing, he would rather spend sometime with his friends, play rugby and chat girls up. Sam used to help his step dad, a plumber, during summertime. After doing it for several years, he realized he could work with his father and hopefully take over the family business when his step-father would retire. Sam spends most of his time off taking care of his mother, training with the local rugby team. Sam doesn’t have any girlfriend at the moment. He is therefore going out every weekends.