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The NFL is a very explosive league right now with everybody talking about the issue surrounding former Baltimore Ravens Runningback Ray Rice.

Arguably one man who may be more eager for the Rice issue to be over more than Rice himself, is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell has come under a lot of heavy criticism over the case after the NFL initially only gave Rice a two game ban.

However, following the release of a video which showed the incident in which Rice struck his wife, he has now been suspended indefinitely.

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There are those who feel this should have been the punishment right from the off, all of those people are now the ones calling for Goodell to be fired from his position.

The Commissioner's friends list in the NFL clearly grows thin but there is one NFL owner who is firmly supportive of him.

John Mara, co-owner of the New York Giants has spoken out in defence of the Commissioner claiming that he has now course corrected and rectified his mistake of a previously lenient punishment for Rice.

Mara spoke about a memo sent from Goodell to all team owners which simply stated: "I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will,” 

Goodell has been on the back foot about his and the league's handling of the Rice situation since Monday but Mara made his opinion on domestic violence very clear.

He said: "There is no place for domestic violence in our sport or in our society, and we are committed to doing our part to prevent such heinous acts going forward.”

Clearly Mara has the same attitude as the other team owners but it seems that for now, Goodell has the support of the team owners.

Dividing opinions

The Ray Rice issue has divided opinions throughout the NFL and beyond and it seems that when any big name discusses it, it makes headlines.

Many support his banishment from the league but there are some opposing views and they have had people talking.

The Baltimore Ravens players have promised not to treat their former team-mate like an outcast and have claimed they will be asking him for help with game film throughout the season.

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather believes that the NFL made a mistake by changing Rice's suspension and he has spoken out about it on Wednesday.

It is clearly an issue that will continue to divide the sporting world for a long time to come but I'm sure everyone associated with the Baltimore Ravens and Commissioner Goodell himself will be hoping for a quick resolution.

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