It’s been almost 6 months since hotel video cameras caught Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then fiancee, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator in Atlantic City on February 15, 2014. Rice was accused of knocking her unconscious during an argument in the elevator and was later indicted on charges of aggravated assault. The couple has since married and Janay even spoke at a press conference in May apologizing for her “role” in the incident even though she was the victim.
“I do deeply regret the role I played in the incident that night,” she said. “But I can say that I am happy that we continue to work through it together. I love Ray, and I know that he will continue to prove himself not only to you all, but to the community, and I know he will gain your respect back in due time.”
Ray didn’t apologize to his wife during the press conference. Heck he barely apologized to anyone at all. He didn’t fail to mention the sponsors and supporters he’s lost though.
“I failed miserably, but I wouldn’t call myself a failure because failure is not getting knocked down. It’s not getting up,” “
I know many of my supporters, sponsors, don’t want to be in partnership with me. That’s my fault,” Rice said. “I take full responsibility for that. One thing I do know is that I’m working every day to be a better father, a better husband and just a better role model.”
The quickie wedding and their “apologies” were clearly damage control and it seems to have worked. With the 2014-2015 NFL season drawing near, the NFL has concluded their investigation. The punishment? A two game suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell who is usually stern with punishments resulting from league rule violations and misconduct dropped the ball on this one. Even four games would have been easier to stomach. That’s what Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger received as a result of sexual assault allegations. It’s also what players routinely receive as punishment for violating anti-drug policies. Brown’s player Josh Gordon may be suspended for a year for repeated marijuana violations and a DWI. So the punishment for the use of a performance enhancement drug carries a heftier punishment than assaulting a woman and dragging her from an elevator? I won’t know who to be more disappointed in if Ray Rice ends up assaulting his wife again….her for standing behind him and even apologizing after he knocked her unconscious or the NFL for this bs punishment.
Would you stand behind your man after this? Do you agree with the NFL’s punishment?