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Ray Rice, Tom Brady, Roger Goodell

Ray Rice, Tom Brady, Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s initial punishment to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Rice for admittedly beating his finance unconscious: two-game suspension.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s confirmed punishment to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for allegedly knowing about football deflation: four-game suspension.

And we wonder why our values are so screwed up.

Footballs don’t have a monopoly on hot air.

Sedley Alley, Joshua Komisarjevski and Steven Hayes

Sedley Alley, Joshua Komisarjevski and Steven Hayes

On the morning of June 28, 2007, we awoke to learn that a man had died in Tennessee  overnight. And, unlike our normal reactions when we learn of any death, we rejoiced.

The man’s name was Sedley Alley. He died by lethal injection at the Riverbend Maximum Security in west Nashville for the 1985 murder of 19-year-old U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Suzanne Marie Collins. Before he took his leave, Alley had been on death row longer than Suzanne was alive on earth.

Now, with last week’s four-to-three decision by the Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut, two men will be spared a final resolution similar to Mr. Alley’s. And, unlike our normal reactions when we learn of any life saved, we grieved.

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