Roger Goodell has chosen to do this the hard way.
It’s also the right way.
No sooner had the NFL announced its eight-game suspension for Kareem Hunt than the howls began. It was a harsher ban than Ezekiel Elliott got – much harsher if you count the five games Hunt missed after the Kansas City Chiefs cut him. But it wasn’t a permanent ban, or even the season-long suspension some thought appropriate because of the shocking level of Hunt’s violence and his tendency for it.
It satisfied no one, really. Which is the point.
Goodell could certainly make his life easier if he simply set a standard ban for violent behavior. Domestic abuse, bar fights, road rage – it’s automatically eight games. No questions asked, no understanding given.
That, however, wouldn’t do anything except satisfy the folks who want their pound of flesh. Violence is a symptom of a deeper problem, and standard bans do nothing to address that. When it’s a case of domestic violence, harsh punishments that offer little to no chance for rehabilitation might actually cause more harm.