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UPDATE on Ray Rice–The Punch That Cost Him $13 Million

September 9, 2014

Ray Rice, after video of him punching his then-fiancee surfaced, just lost about $13million. The Baltimore Ravens just “released” him from his contract, which is a quaint way of saying he was fired, for punching his Janay Palmer, in the face, twice, knocking her completely unconscious, and dragging her body from the elevator, lying about it, and saying she fell or something. Other video watchers also said he spit on her.  According to online sources, Ray Rice’s punch cost him $13 million dollars in uncollected contractual pay:

That means Rice made roughly $28.194 million in six seasons as an NFL player. But he stood to earn even more.

Rice was due to earn $4 million in base pay this season, plus another $3 million in both 2015 and 2016, in addition to incentives of up to $1 million annually for all three seasons. But none of that money was guaranteed. So that’s approximately $10 million in base pay plus up to $3 million in incentives Rice now won’t see.

Hmm, not quite enough, if you ask me, but since I don’t have even a million lying around, well, 13 should suffice.

Ray Rice’s wife constitutes all of this abuse, her unconscious video and all with legs splayed and multiple punches as “true love,” and in a truly sickening twist, argues that her man deserves “everything he has worked for,” but seems to miss the point that he is getting what is deserved. She pens a truly sick “memoir” to the media about how they both regret that she was knocked unconscious. I am not the only one calling it like it is, the truth of an abused woman:

The most shocking thing you might read all day is the apparent statement from Ray Rice’s wife

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/161616046

So maybe there won’t be a happy ending for Janay Palmer, and this is where the inherent anger toward abused women comes from: how can you defend someone who knocked you unconscious?? Even in the face of stark factual visual re-enactment? Janay’s argument is that their “private” episode of aggravated assault, in an elevator for God’s sake, should somehow not be a part of the story? Or maybe it shouldn’t even be a part of the story if she didn’t tell it? Even Barack Obama commented on the video:

Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football, and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”

See, the thing is, Ray Rice thought he was hidden. He thought he was in an elevator where no one can see him. He thought no one would catch him, and then he lied about it. Janay Palmer denies that Ray Rice did anything wrong, and she tries to shoulder the blame for his problems while unconscious.

It sheds new light on the song, “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)” in which the lyrics argue that “he hit me and so I knew he loved me,” or essentially that he never would have hit me if he didn’t love me enough to do it. Then the lyrics say that it wasn’t until she was hit that she knew that she loved him. The kiss after the hit was supposedly the seal that “made me his.” It’s eerie, but it sure sounds like Janay Palmer.

Remember, they got married the day after Ray Rice was indicted on charges of aggravated assault for hitting Janay Palmer. Maybe his hit made her his, but it cost him $13 million in lost pay.

Apparently anyone who feels that there was insanity in this whole equation should listen to Adam Schefter. Adam Schefter laid it on the line on Monday night’s Sports Center:

Adam Schefter had criticism for just about everyone involved in Ray Rice’s domestic violence case — from New Jersey legislators who crafted the laws that allowed him to dodge incarceration and Atlantic County prosecutors who didn’t press for jail time to the Baltimore Ravens organization.

Monday night on “SportsCenter,” Schefter lined up the cuplrits and unleashed his fury, starting with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome for shoving head coach John Harbaugh in front of a microphone to explain Rice’s sudden release Monday and whether the Ravens had seen the video of Rice belting his then-fiancee and knocking her out cold in a Revel casino elevator in February:

“It sounds like the coach was not as much a part of the process as the people who were not a part of the press conference [and didn’t] step forward to say what they had seen and when they had seen it,” Schefter said.

He added: “There was a failure at all levels, the political system and justice system failed miserably. Someone who hits a woman like that belongs in jail.”

Roger Goodall admits that the NFL, “fell short of our goals,” a rather euphemistic manner of stating “we fucked up big time…”

At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals. We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place. My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.

The public response reinforced my belief that the NFL is held to a higher standard, and properly so.

The NFL, thankfully, did “release” Ray Rice. Unfortunately, no one can save Janay Palmer.

Adam Schefter’s co-anchor has more to say about the NFL’s lack of response when the original video came out, which argues the point that there was no way Janay Palmer could have been dragged out of an elevator completely unconscious unless she had been viciously attacked–the NFL just got caught with the video in the media:

Even if Goodell hadn’t seen the video of the ferocious left hook delivered to Janay Palmer’s face, Goodell should’ve known something violent had happened in the elevator for her to end up unconscious when the doors opened.

“What did you think you were going to see when you see the video?” Riddick said. “Did you think you would see some people rough-housing and someone slip and fall? You knew you were going to see something inflammatory, that was very violent, that was very explosive. ”

Added Schefter: “What did the league think happened in that elevator? Did they think Ray Rice gave her a neck massage and then dragged her out unconscious? It was the action and the reaction. It was the action of striking a woman with the force that he did and the indifferent reaction that he demonstrated when his then-fianceé hits the ground and he acts in a rather indifferent manner that she’s down on the ground.

“The NFL has said at various points it had access to the same evidence that the prosecution team had. Doesn’t mean they saw the video, but they were aware of it. Everybody was. It’s one thing to hear about it and it’s another thing to see it. And when you see it, you can’t help but be struck by the brutal nature of it.”

Riddick, former player personnel director for the Philadelphia Eagles, was asked if he found the commissioner believable when Goodell claimed in a statement Monday that the league asked for the video but never got it from authorities.

“Believable? I’ll just speak from my experience,” Riddick said. “Security teams, the ones I’ve been involved with, they’re very equipped to find out what they need to find out. That’s what your job is.

The NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell should be fired. There is no way that he should have allowed the NFL to be put in this position, even if he owns up to it. Taking responsibility for a fuck-up means taking responsibility for leaving when you fuck it up so royally no one wants to pay for merchandise associated with people who are guilty of aggravated assault and dragging women’s bodies around. It’s not a simple matter of issuing a mea culpa–the commissioner should be gone. I am not the only one calling it like it is. Sun Sentinel writer Gary Stein argues the same thing:

Baltimore’s Ray Rice is now out of a lucrative job as an NFL players, because TMZ released a video of him knocking out his then fiancee.  Good. He got what he deserved. He should never play pro football again.

And now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who makes maybe $40 million a year, should get fired over his handling of this whole incident.

When I just completed Gary Stein’s online poll questioning readers’ views of firing, 60% agreed that Roger Goodell tarnished the league by giving Ray Rice a simple 2-game suspension. Stein argues that Goodell had seen the tape when he gave Rice a 2-game suspension, but Goodell just didn’t care enough to give more of a punishment than he did:

Goodell basically disgraced the NFL with his handling of the incident, starting with giving Rice a puny two-game suspension after the initial incident became public.  Guys who smoke marijuana – now legal in some states – have been suspended for a year, but Rice got two games.

Now, finally, after the video of the Rice incident became public, Goodell did what he should have done in the first place. He brought the hammer down on Rice, suspending him indefinitely. Rice was also released by the Baltimore Ravens.

The question remains – had Goodell seen the tape of Rice smacking his then-fiancee? Goodell is one of the most powerful men in America. If he hadn’t seen it, why not? If TMZ can get it, can’t the NFL?

It will be a long time before the NFL recovers from this disgrace. They can’t do it with Goodell at the helm.

Ray Rice isn’t the only one disgraced–so is the NFL.  There is now a Facebook page devoted entirely to firing Roger Goodell:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fire-NFL-Commissioner-Roger-Goodell/184691612872

As of just this moment, 10:32 am, Tuesday morning, there are 18,577 likes. Guess almost 20,000 people want Goodell fired.

Perhaps the one hit cost Ray Rice more than $13million, but it cost the NFL infinitely more. There is lots of money to be lost after an incident like that, and Goodell cost the NFL respect, integrity, and threatened the entire franchise. Guess that punch cost more than tens of millions, because it threatened all the men who covered up that atrocity, too.

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