Should Baltimore's Ray Rice have been suspended for more than two games for the domestic violence he perpetrated against his then fiancee and now wife?
Of course. He punched Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator. And in a video nobody missed, he dragged her out of the elevator by her hair. She did not appear to notice. She looked to be unconscious.
Working in Rice's favor: He's a first-time offender, and Palmer appeared with him in court and in a news conference. They were a team.
Rice's suspension Thursday has been almost univerally criticized for its lack of severity. In the NFL, you can be suspended longer for smoking a joint, or looking at one.
Doubt if Carolina's Greg Hardy critized the two-game suspension. Last week Hardy was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. Hardy appealed. The NFL likely will not act until Hardy goes to trial, which almost certainly takes place after the season.
Domestic violence is a charge that makes every NFL owner, general manager and coach wince.
But if Rice gets only two games, how does the NFL justify suspending Hardy for any more? It doesn't. It can't.