The crap hit the fan when popular paparazzi website and show #TMZ posted a video tape of #NFL’er #RayRice punching his then fiancé in the face and as she was going down, she seemed to hit her head on the elevator rail and was knocked out cold! As if it couldn’t get any worse….it did. He then dragged her out of the elevator and plunked her down on the floor face first, and as he stood over her, he kicked her shoe. It literally made my blood boil and the words that I’d like to use, I simply won’t write! This woman could have been brain-damaged or worse, killed.
The NFL’s position is that they never say the video footage. I find this very hard to believe since I’m almost positive that they out source a team of private investigators for situations of this nature, which is any and all situations that could harm their brand. Rice was arrested for this crime and I’m sure the video footage was used as evidence and if it wasn’t then the police did not do a thorough investigation. The #NFL should come clean with what they really knew, period-or exclamation mark! I’m disgusted with the#NFL and the front office of the #BaltimoreRavens. They should be ashamed of themselves! More than 30% of football fans are women. Do they not care about their fans? Do they have mothers, daughters and/or sisters? What about the women that work within their organization, do they care about them?
How dare the #NFL arrange for the abused young lady sit next to #RayRice at his press conference to read an apology and what I’d really like to know is….why did she marry him a month and some change later? Who and where is her father or the male figures in her life? There is no amount of money that would make me marry this type of person. He is not a man and let’s be frank, as a football player, you are in the best of shape, do you mean to tell me he couldn’t pick her up and carry her out of the elevator and try to get help? The video made me think that he really didn’t love her, let alone care about her well-being after seeing how he stood over her and remained calm.
My thoughts are with abused women throughout the world. Many women are abused daily and they stick it out with their so-called men, which usually gets worse. I’ve been assaulted by an ex-boyfriend but he only had one opportunity to put his hands on me and I ended the relationship and the police and prosecutors were involved. I took it to trial and he lied in a court of law and was found not guilty – thanks to the prosecutor not being prepared nor did the prosecutor subpoena my medical records. I’m an open book and would never be ashamed of my story. We all have weak moments but I’d never place myself in an abusive relationship, nor accept an apology. I can forgive but I’d never forget! It only took one time and because I love myself too much, I’d never allow anyone to abuse me and not for the sake of status nor a check. He got off but he’ll never lay another hand on me without consequences.
An organization like the #NFL and the owners of the #BaltimoreRavens should reconsider the type of people that they hire. A lot of these football players have issues; I wonder if they do background checks and if they don’t they need to start. What policies are they willing to implement, to protect families of #NFL players and coaches? They give harsh treatments for the use of drugs, including drugs that are legal in certain states and medicine that is prescribed for reproduction and pro-creation. The initial punishment was a couple of games? Not acceptable and until the #NFL show and prove that this will not be accepted, I’ll never purchase a seat to attend a game, not with my hard-earned money. I’m vowing to take a stand against any kind of abuse whether it’s physical, mental, or sexual. I’m not saying that I won’t defend myself from someone doing harm to me or my family, we all have a right to protect ourselves nor make ourselves someones prey.
Hopefully, both Rice and his wife will be able to get the proper help, after all they are married now. I pray that she doesn’t become victimized and blamed for his faults, for he is the sole person responsible for loosing his job. Maybe something positive will come out of this very bad situation. We don’t know how he was raised, what his family background is but we do know that as an adult, and that he knew better and to know better is to do better. I wish the Rice’s peace, light and recovery.