“I have found that Rice did not mislead the commissioner,” she wrote. “Moreover, any failure on the part of the league to understand the level of violence was not due to Rice’s description of the event, but to the inadequacy of words to convey the seriousness of domestic violence. That the league did not realize the severity of the conduct without a visual record also speaks to their admitted failure in the past to sanction this type of conduct more severely.”
“Ray Rice is a free agent and has been eligible to be signed by an N.F.L. team since he was released by the Ravens,” the statement said. “Based on Judge Jones’ decision, he will be eligible to play upon signing a new contract.”
At the time of this writing I doubted that any team would sign him. I truely believed that no NFL franchise can stand the bad publicity or backlash. But to my surprise there is actually a team that is considering signing Rice to a new contract. If another team does sign Rice, it will undoubtedly be the fasted recovery in the history of sports scandal, and send a message to abuser's everywhere. "You can get away with it."
It's a shame that "Law and Order Special Victims Unit" has gotten better at serving justice, in some cases, than the real justice system. But then again, the truth always has and always will be, stranger than fiction.