Roger Goodell (pictured) said he took all the information he had into account before leveling the punishment on Ray Rice.
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The very idea of consistency shouldn't be in the eye of the beholder but Roger Goodell attempted to redefine the word in his first public comments since his widely criticized two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
The NFL commissioner said he took all the information he had into account before leveling the punishment on Rice, who was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence in February after security footage surfaced showing the running back lifting his unconscious then-fiancee Janay Palmer out of an Atlantic City casino elevator.
"Domestic violence is not acceptable," said Goodell at the impromptu press conference, a day before the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies in Canton. "We went through the process of evaluating whether there would be discipline. What's important here is that Ray has taken responsibility for this and has been accountable for his actions."
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