Video of Ray Rice Punching and Dragging Unconscious Fiancee From Elevator–NFL Has Double Domestic Violence Rates. Is NFL Televised Prison Series League?
To say the NFL has responded with misogyny to NFL linebacker, Ray Rice’s knock-out punch to his fiancee, is a gross understatement. TMZ released footage showing Ray Rice punching his fiancee in the face, and the following footage shows just how injured she is as he drags her unconscious body out of the elevator.
That link above is the punch, below is the aftermath.
TMZ reports that, sadly enough, Janay married Ray Rice after this attack:
The punch knocks Janay off her feet — and she smashes her head on the elevator hand rail … knocking her out cold. Ray doesn’t seem phased … and when the door opens, he drags her out into the hotel.
An employee of the hotel — which just shut down for good — tells TMZ Sports he was working there at the time and says the NFL saw the elevator footage before imposing the 2-game suspension.
We reached out to the NFL for comment several times — so far, radio silence.
FYI — Ray and Janay got married one month after the attack.
How sad is it that a man can brutally attack a woman, knock her unconscious, and then suffer only a 2 game suspension. Ray Rice appears to be a sociopath in this video, calmly dragging the woman he “loves” out of the elevator, as if she is nothing more than a dead body. NFL: misogyny much??
Ray Rice? Well, he says he doesn’t have a “problem with domestic violence”:
Ray said what happened that night was “a huge mistake on my behalf.”
“I know that a lot of people out there have lost respect … maybe not like me anymore. That’s my fault. I have to own that.”
Rice also says never planned on appealing any punishment the NFL decided to give — no matter how harsh. He also says the incident in Atlantic City was a “one-time incident.”
As if to underscore that Ray Rice doesn’t believe he has a problem, his now wife, Janay Palmer, issued a statement apologizing for her role in her unconscious elevator drag moment:
Rice was accompanied by his wife, his mother and his daughter. Janay Rice sat next to her husband during the press conference and, curiously, also spoke, apologizing for her “role in that night” though simple assault charges against her were eventually dropped. Footage from the night showed Rice dragging his wife’s unconscious body from an elevator.
Everyone knows to take blame for their actions in a fight when they have been knocked unconscious, right??
The NFL has an abysmal rate of domestic violence, over double that of the national average:
Note that murder scores relatively high, but the raw numbers are extremely low (there are two in the database, though a third case — domestic in nature — resulted in suicide). But there are 83 domestic violence arrests, making it by far the NFL’s worst category — with a relative arrest rate of 55.4 percent.
Although this is still lower than the national average, it’s extremely high relative to expectations. That 55.4 percent is more than four times worse than the league’s arrest rate for all offenses (13 percent), and domestic violence accounts for 48 percent of arrests for violent crimes among NFL players, compared to our estimated 21 percent nationally.
How do women respond to this NFL lunacy? Well, by offering a training camp for ways in which NFL wives might learn to be punching bags for their NFL husbands:
But if your NFL running back husband drags your unconscious body out of an elevator after punching you, after you attend a press conference at which you apologize for getting punched, will the NFL finally take a stand on domestic violence and punish your husband more harshly than if he had tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance
OF COURSE NOT.
The NFL will suspend Ray Rice for two games. He will miss games against the Steelers and the Bengals, and will be eligible for reinstatement on Sept. 12. The article linked in this paragraph indicates that this suspension will be very hard on theRavens as they try to establish the rush this season*.
This is absolute bullshit — if you are a normal human being.
But the NFL knows better than you!
See, the NFL knows that drugs are bad, but punching your fiancée in the face is not as bad. Daryl Washington was suspended for a year — not for breaking his girlfriend’s collarbone, but for drugs! Because drugs are bad! Uniform violations are bad! Pre-touchdown celebrations are bad! But domestic violence is apparently not as bad!
So how does the NFL view its own policy of a 2-game suspension for Ray Rice? Apparently in a strange light akin to Putin, or Russian mythology, as an “iron fist.” Not even kidding. The NFL considers itself an “iron fist.”
NFL Network just referred to Ray Rice two-game suspension as “the iron fist of the NFL.” It would be funny if it weren’t so offensive.-Michael David Smith
Since its “iron fist” incident, the NFL has instituted new polices. Brand new and shiny to be tested immediately:
The new NFL penalties were put in place under the policy, which previously had included “domestic violence and other forms of partner abuse” among acts subject to discipline. Under the new penalties, violations involving domestic violence or sexual assault would merit a six-game suspension for a first offense and an indefinite suspension of at least one year for a second offense.
The NFL had previously been criticized for being too lenient with a two-game suspension imposed on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in a domestic assault case. When he announced the new penalties. Goodell acknowledged he had erred in the Rice case. “The policy wasn’t where we want it to (be) and that’s my responsibility,” he said.
Hmm, policy wasn’t where we wanted it to be? Forget humanity, and let’s just take ownership of aggravated assault and assume that makes it better.
Besides, if the men haven’t been convicted, why not assume they are innocent? After all, there is money to be made on felons:
Since Goodell disclosed the new policy last week in a letter to team owners, two cases have emerged that potentially could fall under the disciplinary system.
Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, a rookie practice squad player with the New York Jets, was arrested Sunday in Florham Park, N.J., on a charge of simple assault following an alleged domestic violence dispute with his girlfriend, according to the Florham Park Police Department.
Also Sunday, defensive tackle Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers was arrested on domestic violence charges following an alleged incident at his 30th birthday party.
“This is something we take very seriously, obviously, and we’re aware of it. And again, I’m not going to comment further on details or anything else because it is a pending legal matter,” Jets Coach Rex Ryan said Thursday at his post-practice press conference.
Maybe the NFL is really nothing more than a prison league televised game series. There is, after all, money to be made from thugs. Why not hire criminals if they get the job done? The mafia knew all about that.