Monday, December 29, 2014

Goodell defends Rice decision

NFL COMMISSIONER Roger Goodell says his decision to suspend Ray Rice for only two games following a domestic violence arrest is consistent with the league's previous actions.

Goodell says the Baltimore Ravens' running back has taken responsibility, has no history of assault and is following a court order to enter a diversionary program.

Goodell spoke yesterday in Canton, Ohio, leading to this weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It was his first opportunity to answer questions regarding Rice since the league disciplined him on July 24.

"You have to deal with the facts," he said. "We have a drug program that is collectively bargained and it has a step process. It takes four incidents before you actually reach a suspension in a drug-related case. You have to respond to facts here. You have a lot of people voicing their opinions, but what you have to understand is that this is a young man [Rice] who made a terrible mistake - it's inconsistent with what we're all about.

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"We have dealt with it in a serious manner, and we're very confident that this young man understands where he is and what he needs to do going forward."

Noteworthy

* Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon met with NFL officials in New York to appeal a possible indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Gordon's attorney, Maurice Suh, and other members of his legal team were expected to argue that Gordon tested positive for marijuana because of secondhand smoke, a defense they planned to augment with witnesses. No decision on Gordon is expected for several days.

* Kansas City defensive back Sanders Commings had surgery for a high ankle sprain and fractured fibula.

* Arizona linebacker John Abraham, charged with drunken driving in late June, apologized to his teammates, the organization and fans "for letting them down."

* The Green Bay Packers unveiled a bronze statue outside Lambeau Field that honors one of the Lambeau Leap. The statue allows fans to experience the thrill of jumping up on a padded green wall into the outstretched arms of a few spectators cast in bronze.

* Pittsburgh signed kicker Shaun Suisham a 4-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season.

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