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August 1, 2013
I don't get it: Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, in a fit of pique, smashes a dugout telephone on national television and does not receive a fine or suspension ( "No answer," July 29). I suppose he's too valuable to the Red Sox to upset. What kind of message does this send to the thousands of fans, especially the younger ones? Don't we have enough people with anger management issues? Jackie Segall
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NEWS
September 18, 2014
On Monday September 8, two off-field events in the world of sports garnered more attention than any competition on the field: the Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice, whom the NFL suspended indefinitely; and the NCAA lifted its postseason and scholarship ban on Penn State University's football team. These two events teach an important lesson about the fine line of acceptability in the very public world of professional and collegiate football. Looking first at the NFL, on Monday TMZ released a full video from inside the elevator of Mr. Rice punching his then-fiancée in the face.
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SPORTS
March 9, 2011
Penalty not enough Mark Wogenrich The Morning Call Upon stating his intent to be "very accurate, very succinct and on point," Jim Tressel followed with an often-confusing, 10-minute speech/apology Tuesday regarding his suspension and fine. One point he never addressed was whether he played potentially ineligible players. If Tressel did, and that prospect appears quite plausible, then Ohio State needs to self-penalize even more: Vacating the wins of 2010 and cutting 2-4 scholarships would be a good start.
NEWS
September 15, 2014
The National Football League received more domestic violence-related bad news last week with the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was charged over the weekend in Texas with reckless or negligent injury to a child. The allegation is that he used a tree branch or "switch" to spank his 4-year-old son, who suffered cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles and legs. Given that this was Texas, a state not normally given to condemning spanking of children as a disciplinary tool, one presumes that the injuries the preschooler suffered — because he allegedly failed to share his video game with a sibling — were pretty harsh.
NEWS
May 4, 2010
I was deeply distressed to read that Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso does not support suspensions for bullying ("Alonso wouldn't suspend bullies," May 4). Bullying is violent behavior and must not be tolerated. Without consequences I do not believe the behavior will change. We are quick to adopt so-called "no tolerance" for many other things. Bullying is violence, and the consequences, as we are seeing, can be just as devastating as the presence of weapons or drugs. Our schools must be zones of no violence.
SPORTS
February 24, 2011
Penalty serves notice Matt Murschel Orlando Sentinel Suspending men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun was the right decision. The Hall of Fame coach was found guilty of failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within the Huskies' program. The days of coaches using "ignorance is bliss" as an excuse are over. Coaches need to know what is going on in their programs. The NCAA — which has had to deal with high-profile violations at Michigan, Tennessee, Auburn and North Carolina in the last year — is starting to crack down.
NEWS
December 21, 2011
I enjoyed the letter "A punishment that fits the crime: Sentence Schurick to register African-American voters. " Tailoring punishment to fit crimes is exactly what good judges do. Here are some additional suggestions: Sentence Democratic congressman and admitted tax cheat Charlie Rangel to perform community service work on behalf of the Tea Party Express or any other non-government entity that promotes responsible taxation initiatives and...
NEWS
December 28, 2011
Students who are disruptive, rude or violent are every teacher's worst nightmare and every kid's worst example of how to behave. Just a few bad actors can derail an entire classroom. No wonder school officials' natural impulse is to kick them out. But that rarely solves the problem, and in the long term it may even make things worse when the offenders return to school. That's why news that the Baltimore County school system now leads the region in the percentage of students it suspends ought to worry school board members, administrators, reform advocates and parents.
NEWS
July 21, 2010
As someone who had some great relationships with some elected Republican officials, it saddens me to finally realize that the Republican Party in this nation has been taken over by nut jobs. This realization hasn't occurred because of some rantings by some fringe person who might be a member of some fringe group. It comes after a decision by ostensibly the leadership of the national party. That being the leadership of the US Senate. You see there are five members of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
NEWS
By Laura Dugan | May 2, 2013
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we heard strong proclamations from the president that "justice will be served. " It should be. Our spirit of justice is based on the principle that punishment should outweigh any benefit derived from perpetrating crime - a premise that has guided our nation since its earliest days. However, we expect more. The punishment should be harsh enough to send a strong message to others that they, too, will suffer if they attempt to hurt the American people.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
It's time to stop burning Ray Rice jerseys, take a deep breath and think this through ( "Ravens to offer jersey exchange for Ray Rice jerseys at stadium stores," Sept. 9). Does the Rice family really deserve all this? In my opinion, no, they do not. What Mr. Rice did is reprehensible, no question. However, the New Jersey legal system reviewed all evidence, upgraded the charge against Mr. Rice from simple assault to aggravated assault and allowed him to plea bargain the case and dropped the simple assault charge against Janay Palmer.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
The release of a video that appears to show Ravens star Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator doesn't tell us anything we didn't think we already knew, but it makes the NFL look even worse for the way it handled the aftermath of the incident. Commissioner Roger Goodell has already admitted that he "didn't get it right" when he levied only a two-game suspension on Rice after his arrest, but this just shows everyone how wrong he got it. The NFL has said that league officials didn't see this part of the hotel security video before making a final determination on disciplinary action, which means that the decision was made based on the adjudication of the charge and the outcome of a meeting in which Ray and Janay Rice explained themselves to Goodell.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
When Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL last week for a fight in which he knocked his wife unconscious, many were quick to compare it to harsher penalties handed down for other players' lesser infractions. In 2008, New York Giant Plaxico Burress was suspended for twice as long for accidentally shooting himself in his leg. Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns now faces a season-long exile for marijuana use. The disparity again thrust the NFL's disciplinary system into the spotlight.
SPORTS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Five members of Maryland's congressional delegation said for the first time Friday they believe the punishment handed down to Ravens running back Ray Rice by the NFL is insufficient, adding to a growing chorus of elected officials who are raising questions about league commisioner Roger Goodell's decision. “Domestic violence carries a stigma, and the little to no punishment many abusers receive only strengthens that stigma and further endangers victims,” said Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.
NEWS
By John Fritze and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Three U.S. Senators sent letters to the Baltimore Ravens and the National Football League on Thursday criticizing what they called "plainly inadequate" punishment for star running back Ray Rice. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - all Democrats - implored the league and the Ravens to revisit their sanctions against Rice, who was charged with felony aggravated assault after police said he knocked his then-fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino in February.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
For a decade in the NFL, fullback Vonta Leach built a reputation as of the most intimidating lead blockers in the game by delivering punishing hits that rattled linebackers' heads. Leach displayed uncommon pop as a blocker and was able to regularly jolt defenders out of the way with his superior strength and leverage. Now, the former Ravens and Houston Texans All-Pro fullback is a free agent hoping to play another year or two in the NFL after being cut by the Ravens in February.
NEWS
By John Fritze and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Three U.S. Senators sent letters to the Baltimore Ravens and the National Football League on Thursday criticizing what they called "plainly inadequate" punishment for star running back Ray Rice. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - all Democrats - implored the league and the Ravens to revisit their sanctions against Rice, who was charged with felony aggravated assault after police said he knocked his then-fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino in February.
NEWS
July 29, 2014
After months of resisting U.S. calls for tougher economic sanctions against Russia in response to its support for separatist rebels in Ukraine, the major European powers agreed yesterday on a package of measures targeting Russia's financial, energy and military sectors that in some cases go even farther than the actions the U.S. itself has taken. Whether that will be enough to alter Russian President Vladimir Putin's calculations in the covert war he is waging in Ukraine remains to be seen.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
For allegations of assault and battery and domestic violence, Ray Rice gets a two-game suspension. For objectionable thought and speech, Donald Sterling loses his team and gets banished for life. God help us. Dave Reich, Perry Hall - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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