​Janay Rice Explains Her Side, Finds It "Hard To Accept" Victim Label

"There was something different about that day," Janay Rice describes, of the day her then-fiancée Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked her unconscious in an elevator at Revel Casino in Atlantic City. It's been over nine months since the assault took place, and in a first person account, as told to ESPN's… » 11/30/14 3:00pm 11/30/14 3:00pm

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For The Rest Of The Season

Amid a weeks-long battle over Adrian Peterson's potential reinstatement, the NFL has decided to push the issue to its end game. The league announced today that Peterson will be suspended indefinitely and without pay—a punishment the NFLPA has already said it will appeal on his behalf. » 11/18/14 1:27pm 11/18/14 1:27pm

Thanks to the NFL, Cover Girl Has a PR Nightmare On Its Hands

The NFL's oafish response to the Ray Rice elevator tape has led to a national outcry against the league's leadership and the culture it has allowed to fester. It was only a matter of time, really, before this became a PR nightmare for its many sponsors and partners. The latest? Cover Girl, the "official beauty… » 9/15/14 11:30am 9/15/14 11:30am

"Goodell Must Go" Banners Fly Over NFL Games

A woman's advocacy group is flying banners calling for the ouster of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. They'll fly above four different stadiums today and tomorrow. Above, via AP Images, is the day's first, at Cardinals/Giants at MetLife Stadium. » 9/14/14 2:40pm 9/14/14 2:40pm

The Only Thing Unusual About Ray And Janay Rice Is That Anyone Noticed

One of my first homicide stories as a young crime reporter was about a woman killed by her boyfriend. One of my last stories as a crime reporter was about a woman killed by her husband. In between, there were too many dead women to count. A few stand out in memory, the ones whose deaths were especially grisly or… » 9/11/14 4:38pm 9/11/14 4:38pm

NFL Announces Severe New Penalties For Domestic Violence

In a memo sent to the owners today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced massive new punishments for all NFL personnel—not just players—who commit domestic violence offenses. Offenders will be suspended six games for a first offense, and receive an indefinite ban for a second, with the ability to apply for… » 8/28/14 3:13pm 8/28/14 3:13pm

Why Roger Goodell's Meeting With Ray Rice And His Wife Was A Bad Idea

On June 16, Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, the woman he knocked out in an Atlantic City resort elevator, met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in his office. Four other men were present, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King: Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, team president Dick Cass, and NFL mucky-mucks Jeff Pash and… » 7/28/14 5:53pm 7/28/14 5:53pm