'Outnumbered' Debate: Was NFL's Domestic Abuse Suspension Too Light?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is drawing a fierce backlash after suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for only the season's first two games. Rice was involved in a domestic altercation with his then-fiance at an Atlantic City hotel and part of it was captured on surveillance video.
The video, which was obtained in February by TMZ, appeared to show Rice dragging his unconscious wife out of an elevator by her hair. The couple has since married and Rice's wife has not pressed charges.
Rice was indicted, but if he completes a pre-trial intervention program, he will avoid jail time.
Critics have highlighted the fact that NFL players have received harsher suspensions for marijuana use. Others have argued that Goodell missed a chance to make a stronger statement about the league's stance toward domestic violence incidents.
Sandra Smith pointed out that Rice isn't really getting any criminal punishment, questioning whether the NFL can go further than law enforcement.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh is also facing criticism for saying Rice simply made a mistake and calling his player a "heck of a guy."
"I don't understand this idea of referring to it as a mistake. And I would think he'd get more than a two-game suspension for punching a woman out," said Kirsten Powers.
Housley asked whether a man can punch a woman, as Rice allegedly did, and then promise to never do it again. Powers noted that domestic abuse experts believe that the odds of an attack like this occurring just one time "are about zero."
Harris Faulkner pointed out that Rice's wife's decision not to press charges is very typical of a domestic abuse victim.
Watch the full debate above.