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Updated: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:41:16 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

NFL increases punishment for domestic violence



Half the U.S. Senate is putting the heat on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, saying he should formally push to rename the Redskins. John Raoux/Associated Press

Half the U.S. Senate is putting the heat on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, saying he should formally push to rename the Redskins. John Raoux/Associated Press

NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offence and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by commissioner Roger Goodell.

In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners Thursday, and obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell says he "didn't get it right" in giving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice a two-game suspension for allegedly hitting the woman who is now his wife.

Goodell told teams to distribute to all players the memo in which he writes: "Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances."

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