Editorial: "Zero Tolerance"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - By now, we've all heard the story and probably seen the video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancé in a hotel elevator. The team and the NFL initially responded with a pitiful two-game suspension. Upon further review of additional video that was made available, an indefinite suspension from the NFL was levied against Rice. I say too little, too late.

Rice's football world should have stopped turning the moment that first video was released. The initial video was shocking enough with video of Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiancé out of an elevator and stepping over her unconscious body. One could argue that the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens also stepped right over Rice's fiancé with their first response to the initial video – a mere 2-game suspension.

The public and media outcry rose to deafening levels when the full video showing Rice actually knocking her out was released. Then and only then did the NFL and Ravens do the right thing by cutting him loose indefinitely.

The NFL is currently in the midst of public relations nightmare and is now attempting to address domestic abuse amongst its players once and for all with new policies. We suggest a zero tolerance policy; if it's proven that you've battered a woman then you are gone from the NFL, forever. "Role models" don't hit women!

We hope the NFL will leverage its influence with its millions of fans and use its billions of dollars to construct a meaningful policy that all can adopt to reduce a U.S. domestic violence epidemic affecting some 42.4 million women.

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