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Sen. Gillibrand Blasts NFL For Turning 'Blind Eye' to Violence

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Senate Agriculture Committee member Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 06:14 PM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, has joined the growing chorus of lawmakers who are blasting the National Football League for its initial soft punishment of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, after a shocking video emerged of Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer out cold in a casino resort elevator with a brutal left hook.

Sen. Gillibrand said in an interview on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show," "It's outrageous. I think it's disgraceful. I think it was an absolute terrible job by the NFL. I think they did not do the right thing. I think they turned a blind eye."

Rice initially received only a two-game suspension from the NFL after being arrested on Feb.15th at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City when he was caught on a security camera dragging his unconscious girlfriend out of the elevator.

However, when TMZ ran a copy of the entire confrontation, including Rice slugging his girlfriend and knocking her unconscious to the elevator floor, and the heat started to build, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stiffened Rice's penalty to losing his contract with the Ravens and being suspended from the NFL indefinitely, claiming the NFL had not seen the full video of the assault at the time they imposed the initial penalty.

Gillibrand told WNYC, "The man had admitted that, 'I beat my wife,' and they just suspended him for two games? That's an inadequate response to the scourge of domestic violence.

"I think the NFL should look long and hard at their policies and figure out what they are doing wrong. Because they are not getting it right. And this is systemic. It's domestic violence in the NFL. It's sexual assault on college campuses and in the military. It is this constant lack of valuing of women. This is unacceptable behavior and it should not be allowed by anyone — and certainly not an NFL star."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told TMZ, "He should be suspended for life. There's no place for someone like that in the National Football League. Playing in the NFL is a privilege and I think you lose that privilege when you do something like that."

Palmer has defended and even married Rice since the incident.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., joined by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., wrote in a letter to Goodell before the NFL issued stiffer penalties against Rice, "knocking a woman unconscious is a despicable act of violence that has no place in professional sports or, indeed, anywhere in civilized society. This suspension is plainly inadequate, and it leads to the inescapable conclusion that the NFL does not consider domestic violence to be a serious crime."

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