You can add Governor Paul LePage to the long list of people criticizing the National Football League and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for being soft on domestic violence. LePage blasted the NFL and Goodell over their punishment of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice was captured on video in February dragging his unconscious fiancee, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator in Atlantic City after he allegedly assaulted her. Rice was suspended two games by the league. Rice and Palmer are now married and Rice has publicly apologized for the incident.
Thursday morning, on the George Hale-Ric Tyler radio program LePage said he was “incensed” with anger over the “slap on the hand” for Rice saying he’s “boycotting” the NFL and sending Goodell a letter to express his outrage.
“They care so little about our women and our children that they’re going to hire these barbarians who go and hit their wives and their kids and they’re gonna get a slap on the hand? And some guy got a year for smoking pot? You know what I think he (Ray Rice) should have got? A three year suspension. The team should have taken him out behind the back shed and taken care of him. I’m so incensed about it it’s unbelievable. I’m so mad that we would allow that and he would get a slap on the hand like that.,” LePage said.
Critics of the suspension argue Goodell missed a golden opportunity to send a strong message to the league that domestic violence was not going to be tolerated.