‘He Has Paid The Price’: NFL Commissioner Hints at Ray Rice Return Just Days After Violent Video Released
In an interview with CBS News, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggests that disgraced former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be back sooner than later.
Speaking with CBS host Norah O’Donnell, Goodell reportedly said that he would not rule out a return, adding that Rice “has paid the price for the actions that he’s already taken.”
Of course, if it were up to Goodell, that price would have been two games. The NFL initially suspended Rice for just two games, months after learning of the assault against his then-fiancée Janay Palmer and seeing the video of him dragging her unconscious body out of an Atlantic City elevator.
On Monday, TMZ kicked off a firestorm with the release of the actual elevator footage showing Rice viciously knocking out Janay, who married him about 24 hours later.
That prompted the Ravens to terminate Rice’s contract after which the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.
Goodell insists that no one in the NFL saw the newly-released video and were not given a chance to.
Critics say there was no need to see the video to understand that he had knocked his wife unconscious.
Of course, while the NFL did levy some punishment, the state of New Jersey dismissed the case completely. Rather than prosecute Rice the state agreed to let Rice enter a “pretrial intervention” program.