Finally!! Ray Rice has all the time he needs to sit at home and contemplate the consequences of his actions. I don’t believe in unjust or undue punishment, but when you, as a man, knock a woman out cold with your fists, you deserve far more punishment than what Rice has gotten so far. I simply don’t understand why it took so long for his contract to be terminated by the Ravens. Undoubtedly, there has to be some kind of morals clause written within it that could have justified him being dumped long ago.
As a matter of fact, I’m surprised that he’s still able to walk around and do press conferences because I’m sure his wife has family around, especial male family members. Had that been one of my sisters or cousins, there would have probably been a few relatives that needed bailing out of jail after that incident went down.
After looking at the video that was released of him and his then fiancée in the elevator, I don’t know how or why the NFL or the Ravens had not seen that video prior to TMZ releasing it to the public. If they really wanted to know what happened, I’m certain they have more than enough money, power, and clout to have gotten their hands on that video. I hope this wasn’t a case of them trying to sweep this under the rug. As much as I love football, I will not spend a penny on someone who knowingly tries to hide domestic abuse.
Roger Goodell royally screwed up when he only gave Rice a two game suspension. That was made even more apparent when others pointed out that a first time substance abuse infraction merited more punishment. What kind of image do you project when someone gets more time for ingesting growth hormones than they get for knocking their wife/fiancée out cold with their bare hands?
This will remain a black eye for a while on the entire NFL. They need to get their act together and do it quickly. Sometimes money and things have to take a back seat and humanity and dignity needs to be brought to the forefront. How can you expect people to spend money on tickets, jerseys, and other goods when the star athletes are getting arrested left and right for all kinds of crimes, especially crimes like this?
Rice has a daughter with his current wife. Maybe he should have considered how he would feel if some man knocked his daughter out before he swung his fists. That’s exactly what he did, and I don’t think that he would take too kindly to someone doing it to his child. I wouldn’t.