The NFL needs not only to punish players who engage in domestic violence. It also needs to educate all its players about this issue.
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We should acknowledge that the movement to end violence against women and domestic violence was championed and led by women. The news this week brings a reminder that it's time for men, all men, to be a part of the solution.
Maybe what victims really need is support and understanding from the media and the public, and some accountability and transparency from the legal system.
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?
I am aware that there are a lot of decent, hard-playing young men wanting to get ahead who signed on with the NFL in good faith. Will they find good faith at the NFL?
Honestly, what the hell is going on in the NFL? As Andrew Hill discusses today in the Financial Times, Ray Rice is merely the latest scandal in an organization plagued with racism, bullying, homophobia and misogyny.
As a dad and a huge football fan, I find myself continually disturbed by the ongoing developments in the Ray Rice story. While I commend the Ravens this week for releasing Rice, I only wish they would have done so five months ago when the story first broke. I think we can all agree that there is no place in sports or our society for such behavior.
Moses had an anger problem. Actually, his anger got him into trouble on more than one occasion. No, not for hitting a woman; we have no record of him ever doing so, but for allowing his anger to turn into murder on one occasion and disobedience to God on another.
The summer I turned 16 I got a job working as a mother's helper in a sleep-away camp upstate New York. I somehow convinced the parents to get the camp to hire my boyfriend as a counselor. I was very much in love at 16 and spent all my time with him. He was a bit possessive but I told myself, 'That's cause he loves me so much.' He was captain of the football team, I was a cheerleader, it was perfect.
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.
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The NFL's choice to continue its affiliation with Rice for so long is a validation of his abusive actions, an attempt to sweep the abuse under the carpet. The NFL, collectively, has acted in the same fashion that abusers do.
Is it all simply bad luck? Poor drafting? Not being up against the right team at the right time? Facing too many historically dominant teams? Having head coaches who were highly skilled, but who, in the end, also possessed tragic Achilles' heels?
t is not acceptable that we have to be shown something that we knew occurred in order to be moved. We can never protect each other if this is the (most times impossible) standard for action.