The Twitterverse exploded Thursday morning after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a two-game suspension to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for aggravated assault. Rice was captured on camera battering his then fiancee, now wife, Janay Palmer back in February.
Women everywhere should gratefully thank Goodell for meting out his lethal punishment and assuring the Shield's female fan base how concerning domestic violence is and how it will not be tolerated by gingerly slapping the wrists of one of the NFL's most recognized superstars.
Instead, the NFL and Goodell should continue reeling in its female viewers by informing the public that breaking women's faces, as long as it's during a player's personal time, is accepted.
But in the confines of the game, such as the tale of Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's vicious hit on the field, although objectively clean and legal against a man in the contexts of football, won't be tolerated and therefore received a one-game suspension.
Or Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather receiving a suspension, which was reduced from two games to one, after a brutal hit on Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. Perhaps if Jeffery was a woman, Meriweather wouldn't have earned any sort of penalizing.
Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, wives, and grandmothers should also be obliged by how immediate the process developed – taking nearly six months to propose the discipline, even with clearcut photographic evidence.
The overwhelming positive applause can be heard reverberating across social media and, more importantly, the survived domestic violence victims of the United States.
Goodell missed this one. By a million miles.