CANTON, Ohio -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended himself Friday against criticism that he was too lenient in suspending R
CANTON, Ohio -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended himself Friday against criticism that he was too lenient in suspending Rin Gästebuch 29.01.2018 07:03
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CANTON, Ohio -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended himself Friday against criticism that he was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his "horrible mistake. Allen Craig Jersey ." "We just cant make up the discipline," Goodell said. "It has to be consistent with other cases. And it was in this matter." Goodell stressed that the Baltimore running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault and is following a court order to enter a diversionary program following his domestic violence arrest. "Weve dealt with it in a serious manner, and were very confident that this young man understands where he is and what he needs to do going forward," Goodell said. "I think whats important here is Ray has taken responsibility for this. Hes been accountable for his actions. He recognizes he made a horrible mistake that is unacceptable by his standards, by our standards. And hes got to work to re-establish himself." Goodell spoke a day before the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It was his first opportunity to answer questions regarding Rice since disciplining him July 24. A day earlier, Rice apologized at training camp in his first comments since the suspension. He called his actions "totally inexcusable" and acknowledged he must live with this for the rest of his life. The six-year veteran will miss the Ravens season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game against Pittsburgh. Rice allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer, now his wife, on Feb. 15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 27-year-old player has been accepted into a diversion program and upon completion could result in the charges being expunged. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games in 2010 after being accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student. That suspension was eventually reduced to four games. Goodell said, unlike Roethlisberger, Rice had not had off-field problems before. "If its a first offence, someone whos had a strong background of being very responsible in the community, doing the right things and not violating other policies or anything else that reflect poorly on the NFL, then we would take that into account," Goodell said. "And when theres a pattern, we also take that into account on the other side." Many critics contend Rices suspension is insufficient when compared to longer suspensions for players who violate the leagues substance abuse policy. Goodell noted there is a policy in place to determine punishment based on the number of times a player tests positive. "You have to respond to facts here. You have a lot of people voicing their opinions," Goodell said. "But I think its important to understand that this is a young man who made a terrible mistake." Goodell also stressed that Rice acknowledged he was wrong and promised to speak out against domestic violence. The commissioner said it was important he had the chance to meet with both the player and Palmer. "What I want to see is success stories," Goodell said. "I want to see people, when they make a mistake, I want to see them take responsibility, be accountable for it and make a difference going forward. I hope thats what Ray Rice is going to do." On other league matters, Goodell declined to comment on possible suspensions for three players implicated in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal last season, but he said theyve fulfilled league requirements so far. Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and John Jerry were all implicated in the episode, which prompted tackle Jonathan Martin to quit the team. "There are different issues with different individuals," Goodell said. "The bottom line is everything is proceeding. Theyre doing what theyve been asked to do. And that we will make individual decisions if necessary." Pouncey is still with the Dolphins. Jerry is with the New York Giants. 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Oilers centre Sam Gagner suffered a broken jaw after getting hit with a high stick from Kassian in Edmontons 5-2 win.Manchester United travel to struggling Swansea on Sunday in desperate need of a win to get their stuttering season back on track. Jose Mourinhos side arrive in the Principality on the verge of making their worst start to a Premier League campaign. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho serves a one-match touchline ban at the Liberty Stadium this weekend Should the Red Devils be defeated at the Liberty Stadium this weekend, the club will have recorded its lowest Premier League points total after 11 games. Even a draw will mean eighth-placed United have equalled their lowest haul. Football Score Centre app Sky Sports customers can watch goals and highlights during Swansea v Man Utd at no extra cost And, with United currently sitting eight points off joint-leaders Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, and seven adrift of Chelsea in the fourth and final Champions League berth, victory is imperative for Mourinho and Co in South Wales.The relegation-threatened Swans are themselves in a perilous position, five points from safety and still without a win since the opening day of the season.Manager Bob Bradley, who recently took charge of the club, has so far collected just one point from his first three matches. He has called for his players to be mentality tough when they take on the 20-time top-flight champions. Bob Bradley is looking to win his first match since taking over at Swansea when Manchester United visit There needs to be a mentality [of being] not the least bit afraid, that still understands every time we step on the field, this is the chance to turn things around, not one that hides that part of it, Bradley said in his pre-match press conference.Team newsSwansea winger Jefferson Montero is in contention for his first league start of the season.Montero has not featured since picking up a calf problem in September, but has returned to full training this week. Paul Pogba is a doubt for the clash at Swansea with a thigh injury Kyle Naughton has recovered from the illness which forced him off in Monday nights 3-1 defeat at Stoke, and Stephen Kingsley and Leon Britton are pushing for recalls with Bradley admitting he is yet to discover his best side.Paul Pogba is a doubt for the clash at Swansea, and Mourinho will serve a one-match touchline ban. 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Bobby Doerr Jersey. #160;Theyve only lost three in a row away to the same opponents on four occasions (Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Southampton).Six of the last eight meetings between these sides in all competitions has ended with a 2-1 scoreline (four wins for Swansea, two for United), including each of the last four in a row. Watch highlights of Manchester Uniteds 0-0 draw with Burnley United have covered the lowest distance in the Premier League so far this season (1055.3km) and have outrun their opponents only once, a league low.The Red Devils have scored with just one of their last 91 shots in the Premier League and have failed to score with any of their last 67 in the competition since Martials goal versus Stoke on October 2.After scoring with four of his first 15 shots in the Premier League, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now failed to score with his last 42 in the competition. 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