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Media advisory: Professor available to speak about Ray Rice, NFL suspension for domestic abuse

Mon, 08/04/2014

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Professor Jordan Bass is available to speak with media covering the suspension of NFL player Ray Rice for domestic abuse and the resulting criticism of the punishment.

Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was recently suspended for two games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being charged with third-degree assault following allegations that he knocked his wife unconscious. The two-game suspension has been widely criticized as being too lenient, given the nature of the offense.

Bass is an assistant professor of health, sport and exercise science and is executive director of KU’s Laboratory for the Study of Sport Management. His research has examined how social media has changed the landscape of sports, how fans can place immediate pressure on sporting organizations and how such organizations are reacting to negative incidents, or, in many cases, their response time in such incidents.

Bass can discuss the Rice story, the resulting suspension, criticism of the decision and media coverage of the event, including the suspension of an ESPN commentator for his remarks on domestic abuse.

To schedule an interview, contact Mike Krings at 785-864-8860 or mkrings@ku.edu.



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