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Ray Rice gets a two-day game suspension

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There have been harsher punishments in the NFL for dog fighting, pot-smoking and taking performance enhancing drugs.

For domestic abuse, Ray Rice gets a two-day game suspension.

"The NFL, in my opinion, I think they just took the wrong stance, a soft stance against domestic violence," said Rod Babers, a sports talk show host for AM 1300 the Zone.  He's also a former UT Longhorn and NFL player.  "You will never forget that picture, that image, of him dragging what seemed to be the lifeless body of his then fiance, now wife from that elevator.  That is disgusting and deplorable."

The same day the punishment came down, Stephen A. Smith, an ESPN broadcaster posed the question, "what about the other side?"

He tweeted, "what about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them?"

"It's something that we only see when there's a crime that involves sexual or domestic violence," said Emily Rudenick LeBlanc, with SafePlace Austin.  "If someone's hit by a drunk driver, for example, we don't ask what she did to provoke him to come into her lane.  If someone's house is robbed while they're on vacation, we don't ask why they left their house unattended for the weekend."

"If you are not personally able to give a testimony, you really should shut up about it," added Babers.

Emily says it's a symptom of a larger problem in our culture.

Emily added, "We want to look the other way.  We don't want to talk about it...because that would mean holding people accountable...In the Ray Rice case, we hold on a pedestal and we want our team to win."

Babers said, "The NFL has gone out of their way to try to get this relationship with young mothers...I think this is a step in the wrong direction."          

"Domestic violence is about power and control and the only way we're going to shift the dialogue is for people who have more power and control than the perpetrators to step up and say they're not going to tolerate it and unfortunately, the NFL failed to do that," said Emily.

Babers said, "They, as an entity, because they're so woven into the fabric of America society now, there's a lot more social responsibility on the NFL."

Stephen A. Smith eventually took to Twitter to apologize for his remarks.

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