AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage told the National Football League's commissioner in a letter its suspension of a player for a domestic violence arrest is "unconscionable."
The league punished Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice with a two-game suspension for a domestic violence arrest. Gov. LePage wrote a letter to Roger Goodell this week and said he is appalled by the slap on the wrist given last month to Rice. Rice allegedly struck his then-fiancee in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in February.
Gov. LePage has publicly said his father beat him when he was young. Domestic abuse prevention and awareness has been a priority throughout his term as governor.
He said that suspending players for domestic violence can send a poor message to young men that such behavior is acceptable and shows that the league "has no compassion" for the victims.