The NFL needs not only to punish players who engage in domestic violence. It also needs to educate all its players about this issue.
Today, the world is a much different place than it was then, in my college days, and women no longer need to endure such treatment from their partners. There are resources and programs available that can help the one in three women who are experiencing domestic violence.
Often times when there are debates about sexism in the Black community, male counterparts ask, "What privileges do Black men have?" In case you're still wondering, this is what Black male privilege looks like.
Millions of women, including myself, across the country are shocked and enraged that it took an elevator surveillance video and the resulting media response to draw attention to domestic violence.
Even a little while ago, the Ravens website had posted a comment attributed to Janay Rice that she was basically sorry for her part in the altercation between the two of them. This may indeed be true, as the longer-length footage shows them trading insults and Janay apparently spitting on Ray. I can only ask: So?
It is my hope that the public outcry, tremendous media attention and discussions will not fade once the spotlights are turned off, but will lead to greater public awareness and prevention to proactively address domestic violence.
Can you believe in women's rights and enjoy football? Can you be angry about Ray Rice and the NFL's inadequate handling of him but still feel okay about watching the game? The answer, to both, is no.
If you don't understand how Ray Rice was allowed to initially escape prosecution, accepting a much lesser punishment of therapy from the court, nothing illustrates the culture of protecting the abusers of women better than Republican Ben Carson's statement on behalf of Ray Rice.
Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?
It seems that we can only count on the National Football League and it's teams to do the right thing when there are no more lies to hide behind. The money they make and the appearances that they try so hard to keep up are their main focus.
NY Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan has been called many things. Churchillian isn't one of them. It should. The similarities with the former British Prime Minister are almost uncanny.
Entering O.J.'s office at Ravens Training Camp, you are immediately drawn in by his smile. It is enormous, radiant and genuine. While settling in for our interview, I was amazed by the combination of love and strength in the room.
The NFL has the opportunity and the responsibility to step up and communicate that incidents of domestic violence will not be tolerated. Ray Rice said he will "own it," and the league has a responsibility to do the same by taking specific actions.
Athletes have a unique role to play in triggering attitudinal change regarding violence against women. When they are instigators of this behavior, it sends a message that it is somehow acceptable because our heroes are involved.
It's time for our institutions to scrap their crisis communication plans when it comes to violence against women, and replace them with real plans to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.
It is a sports culture built around masculinity that has run amok, so out of control that allows for and defends Ray Rice's assaults, Stephen A. Smith's blame of women, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's two-game punishment.