Target: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Goal: Establish and execute harsher punishments for NFL players committing domestic violence
Domestic violence has been common amongst players in the NFL. What is more problematic is that a majority of these football players have received little to no punishment for their appalling actions. Under the authority of Roger Goodell, the current commissioner of the NFL, a majority of the 50 domestic violence cases have been criticized to have exceptionally lenient punishments. While these football players get away with terrible crimes, hate and violence against women is perpetuated over and over again in the media.
Most recently, the NFL’s actions have been under speculation because of the Ray Rice incident where the Ravens player was caught on camera assaulting his wife in an elevator. Rice was originally given a merciful three day suspension for the crime against his fiancee.
Goodell and the NFL received criticism and pressure for this decision, especially after the public release of the video showing the assault. To rebuild the image of the NFL, Goodell released a statement explaining that greater actions would be taken against domestic violence, such as harsher punishments and monetary donations to different organizations. He followed this statement by indefinitely suspending Rice from the NFL.
However, a few months after Goodell’s statement, Rice won an appeal and was reinstated into the NFL. While Goodell made many claims of changing the policies within the NFL regarding domestic violence, punishments were not upheld in the case of Ray Rice. Ultimately, by letting Rice get away with his crime with barely any repercussions, the NFL is perpetuating to the public that they do not believe violence against women is a serious crime.
The Ray Rice incident is definitely not the first case where domestic violence was overlooked. With nearly 50 domestic violence cases occurring during the time Roger Goodell has been commissioner of the NFL, almost two-thirds of them have resulted in less than appropriate penalties. Although Goodell has made statements that the NFL will change its policies, after the Ray Rice incident it’s obvious that they’re not doing enough.
Demand that the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell implement harsher punishments for players who commit domestic violence crimes and for the league to follow through with them. When players are eventually acquitted so that they can go back to playing on a certain team, it takes away from the seriousness of the crimes they’re committing. Stop the NFL from perpetuating hate against women and demand more severe consequences for players who commit serious crimes.
Dear NFL Commissioner Goodell,
Under your supervision, there have been many domestic violence cases. A majority of those cases were handled with very lenient punishments. A statement was made saying that you would strengthen the policies in the NFL regarding how domestic violence cases will be handled in the future. But when Ray Rice was acquitted and reinstated in the NFL after assaulting his fiancee, the seriousness of his crime is being undermined.
With so much of the public exposed to the NFL and the actions of its players, when they walk away from crimes with little to no punishment it perpetuates the idea that violence against women is normal. Please stay true to your word and practice harsher punishments for NFL players who commit crimes of domestic violence. Set a positive example for society and stop perpetuating hate towards women. However talented a player may be, criminals deserve to be punished for their crimes.
[Your Name Here]
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