Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was handed down a suspension finally for allegedly hitting his then-fiancee at an Atlantic City casino. The sentence? Two games.
Many around the country felt like the penalty was laughable, especially considering the lengthier suspensions players receiver for less egregious conduct, like Terrelle Pryor being suspended five games for trading his belongings for tattoos, or four-games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy by smoking marijuana.
Nevertheless it is apparently serving as a ‘wake-up call’ to Rice, as a suspension is supposed to.
From Peter King of The MMQB:
“Sometimes you need a wake-up call,’’ said a person with close ties to Rice, in the wake of the suspension. “That’s what this is for Ray. He’s a good person—people need to know that. But sometimes good people get off track. I can promise you this has gotten Ray back on track this off-season. He’s legitimately angry with himself for making this mistake. I know after it happened he was sick about it. Now he’s got to pay for it.”
Let’s hop this person is right and is being viewed as a ‘wake-up call’ and not an ‘I got off relatively lightly and can do what I want’ angle. Because that is how the rest of the sports world views it.