When the video of Ray Rice punching his than fiancé broke last week the outrage was loud and the consequences swift coming from the Ravens and the NFL. Rice can’t do anything about being cut, but he’s trying to do something about the suspension.
He’s trying to appeal it by claiming that he was already punished once for the crime of which he did disclose to Roger Goodell.
It will be hard for Goodell to survive as commissioner should he reduce it; the cries for his head would be too loud. However, if he did there is still one very important fact to consider.