Ray Rice (allegedly) hit his wife with such a force that it caused her to fall out of consciousness.
If the Baltimore Ravens man committed such an act on the field of play then he would receive a suspension ranging anywhere from four games to possibly half the season. The running back should receive a similar ban from Roger Goodell regardless of whether any charges were brought or not.
If you want to take the bringing the game into disrepute tag that is used quite commonly by the higher ups when regarding suspensions, then you can sure as hell use it as a factor here.
What Rice (allegedly) did is simply despicable and a player like that, who can stoop to such a level as to knock the person you 'love' unconscious - deserves absolutely zero sympathy or to be painted as a victim that is 'trying to get his life back on track.' Give me a break!
The fact that Mrs Rice apologized for her role for being hit in the face is disgusting and it just smacks of the PR rubbish that is constantly pushed out by the NFL and professional sports teams. She was apologizing while her husband keeps his job and "starts afresh".
Seeing events like this actually make you understand why domestic violence is one of the most under-reported acts in our society today. And that's just about the most depressing thing I've ever had to write.
So come on Roger Goodell. Adam Silver has shown you how to act as a commissioner, time to follow in his footsteps.