We'll get things rolling with a trip to the NFL offices in New York City.
There are a number of players still waiting to see how long they will be sitting to start the season, but for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the waiting is over.
As ESPN reported, the NFL has suspended Rice for the first two games of the 2014 season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The suspension stems from a March incident in an Atlantic City casino where Rice was videotaped dragging his unconscious fiancee from an elevator.
The 27-year-old released a statement:
It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault. As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously. My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident. I am a role model and I take that responsibility seriously. My actions going forward will show that.
If Rice thinks he's disappointed, he should check out the reaction of the media and fans (at least those outside Baltimore) to what's viewed by many as a ridiculously lenient ruling.
ESPN's Jane McManus called the suspension a "joke:"
This offseason Rice was reportedly caught on an elevator surveillance camera punching his then-girlfriend in the face. A few minutes later, in a video that went viral, Rice was seen pulling her apparently unconscious body out of the elevator.
And now ... two games? Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued longer suspensions for pot smoking, taking Adderall, DUI, illegal tattoos, dogfighting and eating a protein bar thought to be on the NFL's approved list.
Two games. It's a joke, and a bad one. Worse, it leaves the door open for people to think that Janay Rice bears a lot of the responsibility for eliciting the punch that seemingly knocked her out.
Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer Mike Freeman agrees, writing that "This is yet another signal that the NFL doesn't care nearly enough about domestic violence."