DV: The Scarlet Letters of Ray Rice and the NFL

*The following is a disturbing issue. If you decide not to read, I understand*

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Ray Rice…what happened to you? Photo Credit: Keith Allison, Flickr.com

September 12, 2014

Many acts in this world are described as heinous. When a despicable act blurs with something we love, it gets ugly.

Such is the case of Ray Rice, the now-former running back for the Baltimore Ravens. He won a Super Bowl with the team and was about to get married. That is until February 15, 2014 happened.

Rice and his wife, Janay Palmer, engaged in an elevator fight at Atlantic City’s Revel Casino. Rice punched Palmer, rendering her unconscious and dragged her out of the elevator. He was indicted March 27 for third-degree aggravated assault. Rice married Palmer the next day.

The charges were dropped with Rice agreeing to go to court-supervised counseling. The NFL suspended Rice two games. Then, it got worse.

TMZ Sports released the video of Rice’s “altercation” September 8. What followed was a collective coalition of outrage from nearly every person with a voice. It’s now led to Rice’s contract being terminated by the Ravens and the NFL suspending him indefinitely.

More details have been released, and rumors are swirling of the NFL’s involvement (or lack thereof). It’s gotten to the point of virtually branding Rice and the NFL with the letters D and V, standing for Domestic Violence.

I have a few questions of my own that probably won’t be answered.

1) Did the NFL truly know what happened?

2) Why are Rice and Palmer still together?

3) What was said that could lead up to Rice’s assault on Palmer?

Now, that last question is the one I’m most uncomfortable asking. It’s for good reason, because I do not know why this happened.

Granted, no man should ever hit a woman. Ever. Yet, the question remains. What led to Rice hitting his wife in that elevator seven months ago?

Eerily similar is another infamous domestic violence case. Singer Chris Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna in a heated argument on February 8, 2009. Brown did his diligence, but his egotistical attitude didn’t allow him to truly move on.

This sparked rumors with some saying Rihanna deserved to be hit, that she initiated the confrontation. The following video is an interview with former wrestler CM Punk, who criticized Brown and had a heated exchange on Twitter three years later. New York radio station Hot 97 interviewed Punk, and some of the callers’ responses were unsettling.

Well, what do we make of this? For starters, we should feel outraged at Ray Rice. We should feel outraged over the actions NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took. We should also ask why did this happen.

Was this a fit of blind rage? Or, God forbid, did Rice feel justified in his callous act? The worse part is maybe Palmer feels the same way. She married him the day after charges were dropped. To her credit, she’s still with him.

That’s were the issue needs to be addressed. If dirty laundry is now being made to public knowledge, then we have the right to know the cause. It may not help anyone in the future, but a reason coming to light can help people see the problem clearly.

Maybe then we can remove the letters D and V from the heads of Ray Rice and the NFL. Maybe…but not likely

No plugs today: it’s not right. Therefore if you know anyone suffering from domestic violence, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Let’s put an end to domestic violence once and for all.

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One thought on “DV: The Scarlet Letters of Ray Rice and the NFL

  1. The bottom line is that violence is a crime. He commited a crime and should pay the price. Domestic violence is a serious offense. There is help out there. Just as there is help for the victims. I still do not personally understand why she married him. I mean really??? The next day???? $$$$ or fame for violence….what’s love have to do with it?
    What a shame!

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