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Monday, September 8, 2014

Ray Rice and victim blaming

Today the whole picture of former Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice's, assault on his then fiancee surface.

It started with spit. According to a video released by TMZ, Rice is shown standing outside of the elevator, looking down at his phone and when his fiancee walks by, he spits on her. Once inside the elevator, Rice --who is five-eight, 218 pounds, is shown punching his fiancee as if she was Floyd Mayweather.

She is not. I haven't said her name because from comments on social media, this woman is getting dragged through the mud because she did marry Rice after the assault. It seems as if we're assuming this was the first time he did this.

We're forgetting that Domestic Violence is a cycle. Not just physical abuse but mental as well. We don't know what Ray Rice said to his fiancee during their courtship. We don't know her self esteem issues. We just know that she stayed. And some people think it's her fault that this man decided to hit her.

We know that when the first video surfaced, Rice was given a two game suspension. He and his wife held a press conference at the Ravens's facility and she allowed herself to be blamed.
The Ravens even posted the full press conference on their web site.
Today, they voided his contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

That's not good enough. That's a day late and a dollar short. No shade to TMZ.com, but if they could get the whole video, you mean to tell me the NFL offices could not?
You mean to tell me a league that shut down a TV show on ESPN couldn't go to Jersey and get the full security video? I call bull, blue bull shit on this.

And as a fellow writer on Facebook so eloquently said:
It's bad when just the thought of an openly gay player makes the NFL squirm more than just HEARING one of its player punched his wife in the face.

We live in a society where violence against dogs is taken more seriously than violence against women. 
Michael Vick went to prison — as he should have — for dog fighting. Ray Rice? 
Nothing. 
If he did go to jail, he was ROR'ed. But folks in the NFL were all sixes and sevens about an openly gay player. 

Today, after the video surfaced again, you had a few people tweeting their disgust. But where was the disgust when the first video came out? At the end of the day, you have a professional athlete punching the hell out of a woman. Nobody cared until not caring was no longer an option. Still, a day late and several dollars too short. 
The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice, the team announced Monday, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star punching his then-fiancee in February.
The news release from the NFL team was terse.
"The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon," it read.
Shortly after the team's announcement, the league said the three-time all-Pro was suspended indefinitely.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who had originally given Rice a two-game ban, increased the suspension after viewing the new video for the first time, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Twitter.