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By Matt Vensel | February 3, 2012
If Ravens center Matt Birk has decided to retire, he hasn't announced it yet. Birk has, however, decided to go zip-lining with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Birk, a candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, is in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl and hanging out with The Commish. This photo is courtesy of the NFL. Birk, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Bears cornerback Charles Tillman are among the finalists for the award that recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL personal-conduct policy Thursday, writing in a letter to NFL owners obtained by The Baltimore Sun that discipline for domestic violence incidents will increase significantly. The NFL will suspend first-time offenders for six games. A second violation would result in a lifetime ban, though players could file for reinstatement after one year. "Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline," Goodell wrote in the letter.
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June 18, 2010
Commissioner Roger Goodell says he still doesn't have enough information to make a decision on possibly disciplining Vince Young . Goodell said Thursday that "right now we're gathering facts" after the Titans quarterback received a misdemeanor assault citation after a fight early Sunday at a Dallas strip club. Goodell, answering questions after speaking to high school players at an NFL clinic in Queens, N.Y., also said the league no longer needs four preseason games and that it should change its offseason training programs.
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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.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2013
Throughout Super Bowl week, players have been asked to comment on the NFL's disciplinary system and the attempt by the commissioner's office to reduce the violent hits that most often lead to injuries. Most of them have been critical of the league's inability to separate intentional flagrant hits and those that happen inadvertently ... or even because of the actions of the offensive player. “This is something we have seen, an escalation in the discipline, because we are trying to take these techniques out of the game," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference Friday night.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday defended the two-game suspension he handed down to Ravens running back Ray Rice, saying it was consistent with previous punishments in domestic violence incidents. “We have to remain consistent,” Goodell told reporters while in Canton, Ohio, for Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend. “We can't just make up the discipline. It has to be consistent with other cases, and it was.” Goodell's comments were his first on the subject since the NFL announced Rice's discipline July 24. In addition to being suspended for two games, Rice was fined $529,000.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Ray Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today at the league's New York headquarters, one of the final steps for the embattled running back in dealing with his February offseason arrest before the start of the 2014 season. Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the meeting, which has been expected as Rice faces discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy stemming from an aggravated assault charge for allegedly striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, during an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2012
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tiptoed carefully around the issue, but in comments to the fans and media before Sunday's playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium, he fell well short of endorsing the likelihood that Baltimore might someday host the Super Bowl. The question arose because the owners have scheduled the 2014 game at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, which -- at least temporarily -- has shown they are willing to play football's biggest game in an outdoor stadium in less-than-optimal weather conditions.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
More than any defining play that Ray Lewis made or accolade that he earned, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will most remember the leadership that the long-time Ravens middle linebacker brought to both his team and the league. In a phone interview with The Baltimore Sun on Thursday, Goodell said he was saddened but not surprised about Lewis' announcement Wednesday that this season, the linebacker's 17th, will be his last in the NFL. Goodell expressed confidence that Lewis will remain involved with the league long after he retires.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL personal-conduct policy Thursday, writing in a letter to NFL owners obtained by The Baltimore Sun that discipline for domestic violence incidents will increase significantly. The NFL will suspend first-time offenders for six games. A second violation would result in a lifetime ban, though players could file for reinstatement after one year. "Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline," Goodell wrote in the letter.
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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.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday defended the two-game suspension he handed down to Ravens running back Ray Rice, saying it was consistent with previous punishments in domestic violence incidents. “We have to remain consistent,” Goodell told reporters while in Canton, Ohio, for Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend. “We can't just make up the discipline. It has to be consistent with other cases, and it was.” Goodell's comments were his first on the subject since the NFL announced Rice's discipline July 24. In addition to being suspended for two games, Rice was fined $529,000.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Ray Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today at the league's New York headquarters, one of the final steps for the embattled running back in dealing with his February offseason arrest before the start of the 2014 season. Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the meeting, which has been expected as Rice faces discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy stemming from an aggravated assault charge for allegedly striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, during an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Now that Ray Rice has held a widely criticized news conference Friday that included some awkward, off-the-cuff moments and no public apology to his wife, just months after their physical altercation at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino, the Ravens' star running back is hoping for a much smoother experience on the football field. That return could be delayed, though, by a punishment under the NFL's personal-conduct policy. The Ravens are bracing for a potential multiple-game suspension, but no discipline has been determined, and Rice is expected to meet soon with commissioner Roger Goodell.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Now that Ravens running back Ray Rice has been accepted into a diversionary program that could allow him to eventually clear his record following a third-degree aggravated assault charge, but the NFL could still discipline the three-time Pro Bowl selection. The league has been monitoring the case under the NFL personal-conduct policy ever since Rice was arrested in February following a physical altercation at an Atlantic City casino with his then-fiancee Janay Palmer, whom he later married.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
A week after ESPN aired an interview in which he accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of orchestrating the Super Bowl XLVII blackout, outspoken Ravens rush linebacker Terrell Suggs took another shot at the league. Suggs said that he didn't see the two-hour Tuesday night airing of the PBS documentary called "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis," which detailed the effect of concussions on NFL players and the league's response to head-related injuries.         However, that didn't mean that the longtime Ravens player didn't have an opinion on it. “I think it's very important,” Suggs said.
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By Chris Korman | December 11, 2012
A Baltimore-based therapist who was disturbed by the response to the murder-suicide committed by a Kansas City Chiefs player has taken her cause national. Gretchen Tome, who works at House of Ruth, posted a petition on Change.org demanding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell mandate players convicted of domestic-violence related charges receive counseling. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, more than 6,700 people had electronically "signed" the petition. Each time someone endorses the petition, an email is sent to Goodell and three members of his staff.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Now that Ravens running back Ray Rice has been accepted into a diversionary program that could allow him to eventually clear his record following a third-degree aggravated assault charge, but the NFL could still discipline the three-time Pro Bowl selection. The league has been monitoring the case under the NFL personal-conduct policy ever since Rice was arrested in February following a physical altercation at an Atlantic City casino with his then-fiancee Janay Palmer, whom he later married.
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By Aaron Wilson | October 2, 2013
Outspoken by nature, rush outside linebacker Terrell Suggs held nothing back during an ESPN interview taped months ago and aired Monday where he suggested NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had a hand in the power outage during Super Bowl XLVII.  However, no evidence has surfaced to suggest a conspiracy. Suggs called Goodell overpaid and insinuated that he favors certain teams, including the Denver Broncos. And the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year took another verbal shot at a frequent foil: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
If you thought what Ray Lewis had to say about the lights going out at the Super Bowl was wild, wait until you see and hear this interview  ESPN's Lisa Salters conducted with Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs that ESPN is airing 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of its "E:60" magazine series. Here's a bit of the transcript: TERRELL SUGGS : “I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean?  I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve.
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