Updated: 08/29/2014 10:38 AM
Created: 08/29/2014 10:35 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence. The new sanctions include a six-week suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second.
In a letter sent to all 32 team owners Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell never mentions Rice by name but makes clear references to the Baltimore player who was charged with assault after being caught on video dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator.
Goodell told teams to distribute the memo to all players. In it, he says domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong, illegal and have no place in the NFL.