Keith Olbermann thundered in on the NFL’s decision to suspend Ray Rice for only two games after he was charged with aggravated assault for ‘allegedly’ striking his then-fiancé now wife unconscious in an elevator of a casino.
After running through a list of examples of misogyny that sum up the treatment women receive in the sports universe, Olbermann shifts to commissioner Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice situation.
The segment appropriately titled ‘Insufficient Punishment’ questions how stomping someone’s face during competition receives five games, using recreational drugs gets a year. Olbermann wraps the segment saying “And another generation of athletes and fans begins to view the women in sports as just a little less human”. Full credit to Olbermann, he may be a bit of a douche, but when he wants to make a point he brings it.
The thing that doesn’t get enough attention is that Goodell - who is the most punitive commissioner in the history of professional sports kinda makes up his disciplinary action as he goes along. There must be details that the average sports fan doesn’t know because Roger Goodell suspended Terrelle Pryor 5 games for receiving benefits while playing at Ohio State and the suspension happened before he was even drafted into the NFL. That doesn’t seem nearly as atrocious as the TMZ video in which Ray Rice is pulling his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator.
I haven't talked to anyone that didn’t think this suspension is uncomfortably lenient (There's always someone though) but Dan Patrick brought Mike Florio on his radio show to explain what went into Goodell’s decision. As you can imagine Florio handles the situation with kitty gloves compared to Olbermann.