Video of Rice dragging Palmer's unconscious body out of the elevator leaked soon after the incident and elicited calls for an appropriate NFL response. But after the NFL suspended Rice for only two regular-season games, the league faced an immediate negative backlash for what was seen as a lenient punishment when compared to other player suspensions foroffenses such as smoking marijuana.
Ricepleaded not guilty to assault charges back in May and was later allowed to enter a pretrial intervention program to avoid prosecution.
In late August, the NFL announced stricter domestic violence penalties, including a six-game ban for a first offense. In a letter to team owners, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he bungled the Rice punishment.
"My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families," he wrote. "I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will."
Several of those on Twitter who watched the video were quick to tweet their disgust with Rice, the NFL and the justice system.
source: huffingtonpost.com By Melissa Jeltsen