Senate women: No tolerance for domestic violence

In this Aug. 16, 2014, photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) carries during an NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sixteen female senators from both parties are calling on the NFL to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.

The senators say they are “shocked and disgusted” by the video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious.

They wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday.

Their letter says the senators are deeply concerned that a new policy he announced last month would let a player commit a violent act and return to the field after a six-game suspension. They say anyone who violently assaults a woman should not get a second chance to play in the NFL.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California put the letter together. It’s signed by 14 Democrats and two Republicans.

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