Yesterday TMZ released footage of what we all knew happened in the elevator between former Baltimore Raven’s player Ray Rice and his then fiancee, Janay Palmer, back in February. Although the couple later married and took equal blame in the elevator incident that initially caused Ray Rice to be suspended for 2 games, new video shows Rice striking Janay after a quarrel that left her unconscious.
The NFL, who says yesterday was their first time seeing footage of the actual physical abuse, suspended Rice indefinitely after the Baltimore Ravens released him. Whether that is true is what is being questioned by many. Did the NFL really not see the additional footage until yesterday or did they see it before but are only taking these extreme measures in response to the public’s reaction to the footage?
And reports the NFL never asked casino for elevator video for their probe of #RayRice assault on then fiancé.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) September 9, 2014
— Darla Krusee (@darlakrusee) September 9, 2014
Others are saying that the second punishment is considered double jeopardy because Rice has already received punishment for his actions in the form of the two game suspension. Does the new footage present new circumstances that justifies additional punishment? His wife doesn’t think so. She is still defending her husband. According to The Baltimore Sun, Janay shared her thoughts about the recent backlash in an Instagram post.
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote.”But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his [butt] off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”
I think that the indefinite suspension should have been the punishment from the beginning. The initial footage told the story, but I say better late than never. In most cases of domestic violence, the first time it’s exposed isn’t the first time it happened nor is it the last. I just hope that this serves as a wakeup call for Janay and she leaves him before it’s too late.