(Canton, OH)  --  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is defending a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.  Goodell says Rice was suspended despite law enforcement not imposing any discipline after he was charged with assaulting his then-fiancee' at an Atlantic City casino in February. 


The two were married a few weeks later.  Despite criticism, Goodell dismissed the idea that Rice's ban was too short compared to drug-related suspensions, which he attributed to the league's collective bargaining agreement.  Rice issued a public apology for his actions on Thursday.  He avoided prosecution by entering into a pre-trial intervention.