NFL takes stand on domestic violence

Updated: Friday, August 29, 2014
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The NFL is taking a stand against domestic violence.

The league's commissioner outlined a new policy with stiffer sanctions in a letter to team owners.

"It's a great start on something that's very prevalent in all communities everywhere," said domestic violence advocate Britni Soto.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced players and staff face a six-week suspension without pay for the first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense.

The commissioner says he made the decision after Ravens Running Back Ray Rice was suspended for only two games after he was caught on camera beating his now wife until she was allegedly unconscious.

Goodell said about the suspension quote... "didn't get that right."

The NFL says even if a player applies to be reinstated, there is no guarantee of their request will be granted.

Players could face even more severe punishment depending on the circumstances of the crimes, including the "use of weapons or choking."

Of if the acts are committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.

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November 30, 2015 08:07 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds


Thursday's Games

Detroit 45, Philadelphia 14

Carolina 33, Dallas 14

Chicago 17, Green Bay 13

Sunday's Games

Houston 24, New Orleans 6

Kansas City 30, Buffalo 22

Oakland 24, Tennessee 21

Cincinnati 31, St. Louis 7

Minnesota 20, Atlanta 10

Washington 20, N.Y. Giants 14

Indianapolis 25, Tampa Bay 12

San Diego 31, Jacksonville 25

N.Y. Jets 38, Miami 20

Arizona 19, San Francisco 13

Seattle 39, Pittsburgh 30

Denver 30, New England 24, OT

Monday's Game

Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m.


Sunday's Games

Charlotte 87, Milwaukee 82

L.A. Clippers 107, Minnesota 99

Memphis 92, Philadelphia 84

Phoenix 107, Toronto 102

Brooklyn 87, Detroit 83

Orlando 110, Boston 91

Houston 116, New York 111, OT

Indiana 107, L.A. Lakers 103

Monday's Games

Boston at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Houston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Denver at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

Golden State at Utah, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


Sunday's Games

Florida 2, Detroit 1, OT

Monday's Games

Colorado at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Carolina at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Anaheim, 10 p.m.



Eastern Conference

New York vs. Columbus

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 22: Columbus 2, New York 0

Leg 2 -- Sunday, Nov. 29: New York 1, Columbus 0, Columbus advances on 2-1 aggregate

Western Conference

FC Dallas vs. Portland

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 22: Portland 3, FC Dallas 1

Leg 2 -- Sunday, Nov. 29: Portland 2, FC Dallas 2, Portland advances on 5-3 aggregate


Sunday, Dec. 6: Portland vs. Columbus, 4 p.m.