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NFL Facing Heavy Criticism On Social Media For Suspending Ray Rice Just Two Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 14

The NFL has suspended Ravens RB Ray Rice for two games without pay and fined him $58,000 following his domestic violence arrest in February for assaulting his then-fiance, according to sources cited by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. A source said that Rice also "will be asked by the NFL to take counseli...

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Shelly Sterling's Attorneys Rest Their Case

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Franchise Notes

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