Goodell was once again put to the test when TMZ released a video of Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice knocking his then fiancé, Janay unconscious (the couple married shortly after).
Social media instantly flooded with an outcry for the NFL to take more severe action.
The punch was brutal and hard to watch but here are 4 Things Worse Than The Ray Rice Punch:
1: Ray’s Reaction– The physical knockout given by Ray is reprehensible but his blatant disregard for his woman’s humanity is repulsive. As her lifeless body was on the elevator ground Ray seemed unbothered. He appeared inconvenienced by having to pick his fiancé up. He even nudged at her prone body with his foot like she was roadkill. There was zero remorse or respect.
2: The NFL’s Sluggish Action– The elevator incident happened February 2014. Rice was indicted by a grand jury for third degree aggravated assault charges in March. Rice avoided jail time by entering a pretrial diversionary program. The NFL issued a 2 game suspension in July. In September the Ravens terminated Ray’s contract after
the public criticized the NFL viewing the TMZ tape of the fight inside the elevator.
3. Desensitization Of America– In the age of Instagram and YouTube America has become immune to the power of words. Before and after Ray Rice was terminated from the Ravens we knew the same information: Ray Rice struck Janay in the elevator, knocked her unconscious, and dragged her out of an elevator. However, once the video became public, popular opinion seemed to realize just how bad this incident was. What about all the domestic violence victims who don’t have accompanying video footage? What value does that place on their voice?
4. Public Judegment & Blaming Of Janay– For people shaming Janay and calling her a gold digger for standing by Ray Rice, congratulations…I’m pretty sure you or someone you love hasn’t experienced domestic abuse. It has little to do with education, self esteem or status. It’s a vicious cycle plagued by power and control. Victims endure emotional abuse, denial, isolation from family and friends, intimidation via threats and coercion. Damaging psychological residual effects can cause a victim to question their judgement, value, and even existence.
Don’t judge someone in a situation you don’t understand. Here are some domestic violence facts to consider:
- Average number of times an abuser hits his spouse before she makes a police report: 35
- 75 percent of women are killed while trying to leave an abusive relationship.
- 24 people per minute experience intimate partner violence in the U.S
- Number of women in the U.S. who report intimate partner violence: 1 in 4
- Number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq: 6,614. Number of women, in the same period, killed as the result of domestic violence in the US: 11,766
Anyone dealing with domestic violence, you are valued, beautiful, and strong. There is help.
Please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.