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Kavitha A. Davidson

Player Punches Fiancee, NFL Slaps Wrist

The NFL made a meek attempt at damage control today, addressing Ray Rice's ineffectual two-game suspension in an interview that did the league more harm than good.
At least the league didn't throw him a party.
At least the league didn't throw him a party.

The National Football League made a meek attempt at damage control today, addressing its two-game suspension of Ray Rice in an interview that did the league more harm than good.

Adolpho Birch, NFL senior vice president of labor policy, appeared on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" Monday morning, responding to the backlash surrounding the meager punishment levied on the Baltimore Ravens running back for uppercutting his then-fiancée and dragging her unconscious body out of a casino elevator. With Commissioner Roger Goodell still silent, Birch is the highest-ranking league official to address the suspension, offering answers that were strikingly tone-deaf, even by the NFL's standards.