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For NFL, Pot Is a Worse Crime Than Assault

For NFL Pot Is a Worse Crime Than Assault Bloomberg View


In the NFL, the punishment rarely fits the crime. Leaving aside PED suspensions, the incongruity between a punishment of anywhere from four to 16 or more games for smoking pot and two games for physically assaulting someone is glaring. Marijuana is swiftly being decriminalized, if not legalized, while Rice was charged with third-degree assault.

This is a time to examine the league and its relationship to female fans -- all women, really -- and the kind of player deification that causes a well-known sportswriter to declare that this actually "isn't so much about treatment of women." 

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Other players have received longer suspensions for assaulting strangers at nightclubs! DOMESTIC violence is the most negligible kind to the NFL apparently.

Who does the NFL answer to? Only themselves. They won't force the Redskins to change their name, and they won't ban people who commit domestic violence without a lot of pressure from football fans.

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