(Canton, OH) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is defending a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Goodell says Rice was suspended despite law enforcement not imposing any discipline after he was charged with assaulting his then-fiancee' at an Atlantic City casino in February.
The two were married a few weeks later. Despite criticism, Goodell dismissed the idea that Rice's ban was too short compared to drug-related suspensions, which he attributed to the league's collective bargaining agreement. Rice issued a public apology for his actions on Thursday. He avoided prosecution by entering into a pre-trial intervention.