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TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee (who appears to be out cold) out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino ... moments after cops say they attacked each other on the property.
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Controversial punishment: Ravens player to miss 2 games for domestic violence

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TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee (who appears to be out cold) out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino ... moments after cops say they attacked each other on the property. Courtesy: TMZ TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee (who appears to be out cold) out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino ... moments after cops say they attacked each other on the property. Courtesy: TMZ
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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Football season is just about here and on Thursday, one superstar found out he'll miss the first two games of the season.

Ray Rice was arrested during the off-season for domestic violence and a lot of people believe his penalty was a little too lenient.

The NFL's decision sparked a firestorm on social media.  People are debating whether the NFL should have done more.  Some players who fail drug tests are suspended for a longer amount of time.  Current and former NFL players joined in the debate.

A two game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was seen in a video dragging his wife out of an elevator.  According to police, he knocked her out cold during an argument.

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"No pun intended, but it's a slap on the wrist," said Jessye Johnson, Deputy Director of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  "I'm saying one in four women are affected by domestic violence, so odds are one in four of the men who are playing professional sports are abusing women potentially."

Johnson believes domestic violence isn't just a problem in the NFL.  She says it's a problem in our society.

"I think it's sad and I think it points to a larger cultural issue.  I think professional sports organizations, whether it be the NFL or the NBA are a microcosm of society's view on violence against women in general.  It does tend to be minimized."

She says pro athletes are more visible, so incidents involving them get more attention.  Just last year, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.  He pleaded guilty and is on probation for a year.  We don't know if he'll be punished by the NFL, but weeks later, he was suspended for a year by the league for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for the third time.

"From our perspective, it sends a message that those players and their bodies are more valuable to the team than maybe their wives or sisters are in our general society," said Johnson.

If you want to weigh in on the debate, join the conversation on Facebook.com/myfoxphoenix.
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