Shutdown Corner

  • NFL official defends Ray Rice suspension, appears tone deaf to public response

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner53 mins ago

    Commissioner Roger Goodell might be the one handing down discipline in the NFL, but he doesn't always have to be the first to respond to criticism for it.

    The league sent out of NFL vice president labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch as a human bullet shield on ESPN in lieu of Goodell on Monday after Friday's two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, discipline that roundly was met with contempt from the public.

    “It is multiple games and hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think it’s fair to say that doesn’t reflect that you condone the behavior,” Birch said on the network's Mike & Mike show, defending the suspension that came off as extremely light for a man who beat and then publicly dragged his fiancée (now wife) through the halls of an Atlantic City hotel.

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    Why Birch? Who is he?

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