I am not going to beat up on Roger Goodell because MLB, NHL, and NBA all have domestic violence issues among their players. After all, just this past November, Semyon Varlamov, star goaltender of the Colorado Avalanche was arrested for a domestic violence incident with his partner (charges were later dropped). So the problem spans across all four major professional sports leagues. The NFL however, has by far, the most public cases of domestic violence than any other league. It seems like a monthly occurrence that an NFL player is getting arrested after hitting their partner.
As a society, we need to do a better job protecting women. Domestic violence is a serious issue, and one that way too often ends in murder. Roger missed a great opportunity to champion this issue by handing out a harsh punishment and setting a precedence that if you hit your partner, you will see harsh punishment from the league as well as prosecution. The NFL needs to set an example about how women should be treated. Professional sports leagues are a great place since many young men idealize these professional athletes. Instead, Mr. Goodell decided to perpetuate the notion that as a crime priority, domestic violence is low on the list.