"Domestic violence did not happen for the very first time February of 2014. Ray Rice is not the first known abuser or batterer, whatever term you want to use with him. So, for all of a sudden, the NFL to try and resolve a societal problem, I think that's asking a bit much, because that's not what the NFL was constructed to do," Sharpe said.
The Baltimore Ravens fired Rice after a video surfaced showing the football player punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. When the first video, showing Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator first surfaced, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for only two games.
After Rice's suspension prompted outcry, Goodell changed its domestic violence, sexual assault policy to a six-game suspension for the first offense, followed by an indefinite ban for the second offense.
"The 32 owners elected Roger Goodell to make them as much money as he possibly could. Now, in the process, sometimes through great adversity, great change can happen. And I hope that since this has become such a hot button issue, we can help society bridge the gap and help guys understand, you can't do what you have been doing to women, you can't batter children, and the old way of thinking as far as disciplining your child, well, this is the way I was disciplined, we know that's not acceptable now," Sharpe said.
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was deactivated from his team after being indicted on charges of inflicting injuries on his son.
"As a child, I was left in a hot car for hours. But we know we can't do that now. You can't wash a child's mouth out with soap if he says a bad word. We understand that, so I think, as we know better, we should be doing better," Sharpe said.