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Kavitha A. Davidson

For NFL, Pot Is a Worse Crime Than Assault

Ray Rice: Talk about a distraction.
Janay and Ray Rice, at the news conference in May.
Janay and Ray Rice, at the news conference in May.

Talk about a distraction.

As flippant and meaningless as that word has become in the context of sports and locker rooms, it seems a fitting characterization of Ray Rice's situation on the Baltimore Ravens -- at least in the NFL's eyes. Since February, we've been waiting to hear what kind of punishment the National Football League would levy on Rice after graphic footage emerged of the star running back dragging his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator after, police say, he beat her unconscious with an uppercut. Today, we found out: Rice will receive a two-game suspension and be fined the amount of another game check.