As Shutdown Corner points out, the NFL has upped their abysmal handling of the Rice situation (my emphasis):
The NFL is still being criticized for giving Ray Rice a light, two-game suspension, as well it should.
The league did a really poor job explaining why the Ravens running back got a surprisingly short suspension for an incident in which he allegedly knocked his fiancee (now his wife) unconscious and dragged her in an Atlantic City casino. One possible explanation is that NFL punishment was lighter because Rice avoided trial in his case by accepting a deal in which he entered a pretrial diversion program.
Now we get to a fairly apples vs. apples argument, and that’s with the one-game suspension of Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham.
What did Bradham do to get his suspension? Injure another person? Put someone in harm’s way? Physically abuse a female companion? Nah, he had a little bit of marijuana on him.
Bradham was charged last year for marijuana possession. He wasn’t even arrested because the amount he had was so small. The charges were dropped. Yet, the NFL took it upon itself to protect the masses from the horrible, heinous crime of marijuana possession (legal in two states) and suspended Bradham to ensure the image of the league remains pristine.
So let’s get this straight. Possessing a small amount of marijuana with charges dropped? Short suspension. Beating your wife or fiancee? Short suspension. If Bradham’s marijuana charges weren’t dropped, what does he get, four games?
That’s basically the conservative mind set, and one that still holds sway in US laws and politics (and not only there, large parts of Europe haven’t progressed much either).