New NFL Policy Tougher on Wife Beaters Than Pot Smokers, But It's Close

The league had a chance to start changing this perception last week, but unfortunately it dropped the ball.


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The NFL Players Association approved a new, liberalized drug policy last week that increases the threshold for what's considered a positive test for marijuana. This comes almost 15 days after the league stiffened penalties for players involved in domestic abuse, and both changes are no doubt moves to repair the rapidly decaying image of the league in the wake of the Ray Rice elevator video.

At first glance, that might seem like a step in the right direction for those who think that beating a woman is worse than smoking weed. However, the damage-control measures are far too little and too late, writes Ken Silva.