Roger Goodell's lenient two game suspension of Ray Rice, could be considered a victory by many people who are fans of beating their spouse unconscious in public.
However, It left many people scratching their befuddled heads with questions like, does the NFL NOT realize that they are sending a message that implies "testing positive for use of cannabis is more punishable and detrimental to the league than assaulting your wife on camera?"
Many people have said that Ray Rice "caught a lucky break" or "got off easy", or my personal favorite: "Jail time is the only thing that Ray Rice has been able to elude in his last 16 games."
With Rice's recent decline in performance, it becomes apparent (to my over analytical mind at least) that perhaps Goodell's two game suspension carries with it a darker tone.
Perhaps we will see some vigilante justice being dished out on Rice. The kind of justice that rapists face in the penitentiary, being administered in the form of ruthless hits from large defenders who "don't take kindly" to undersized running backs (who is it often quite legal to repeatedly punish in the course of a game).
The AFC north is a brutal division, and only time will tell if Rice makes it out of this season unscathed. Even though Rice was met with cheers and an apparent standing ovation on the field during camp, (as the Ravens were quick to brag about for their part on spinning the public relations wheel) I can only imagine the cheers and ovation that will be received by the first defender who knocks Rice unconscious.