Ray Rice was suspended two games and fined one game check on Thursday morning for violating the league’s personal conduct policy stemming from a February incident in which he knocked out his then-fiancee and now wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator.
The Baltimore Ravens running back is entitled to an appeal, but according to Pro Football Talk, Rice will not appeal the suspension and will accept the verdict handed down from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Since the appeal is handled by the person who made the decision in the first place, the chances of getting the discipline reduced are small. Likewise, the strong media and fan reaction to the ban as being too lenient would shift more directly and forcefully to Rice if Rice were to fight a suspension that his G.M., Ozzie Newsome, has been criticized for calling “fair.”
Considering the backlash from fans and media in the wake of the two-game suspension, Rice would only be digging himself deeper into a hole he has been desperately trying to dig out of since the video tape of the assault was released in February.
Ray Rice not appealing suspension. Hell. He’s too busy celebrating it.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) July 24, 2014
That included a press conference where his wife apologized for her role in the altercation, but didn’t include one from Rice to his wife for her being knocked unconscious.
Rice got off extremely light and is lucky he won’t have to miss as many games as he would have for having adderall in his system.