It's going to be difficult for the Chicago Bears to vanquish the San Francisco 49ers on opening night at brand new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
The commissioner then went on TV and fielded softball questions about the entire matter and all was well. Then came all the other revelations about the travels of the full video, and the reports on what Rice had told the commissioner back in June. What to do now? 'Fess up. Throw yourself before the mercy of the court of public opinion.
The video that TMZ leaked of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in a casino elevator couldn't have come at a more fortuitous moment. The most promising aspect of this sad saga is that the presence of the video has contributed to a transformation already underway in the public's understanding of gender-based violence.
The rich owners of the NFL teams and the NFL itself can do more than make statements. Firing Ray Rice is fine but the violent incident against his wife is only the tip of the iceberg of what is happening to women across the spectrum, without regard to race or economic status.
There's a lot of chatter online as women share their stories of abuse. Some people in the conversation who are critical of Janay for staying in her marriage with her abuser claim that we are victim-blaming her and not being supportive or understanding of another couple's marriage.
This whole Ray Rice thing makes me sick to my stomach. Not just for what he did, but how fans and the NFL treated the story. Both NFL officials and NF...
It is for my daughter Nicole and women, girls and boys around the world, that I choose the most powerful form of communications on earth to come out of my closet. I want anyone and everyone who is enduring abuse of any kind to please know -- You Are Not Alone!
As a former prosecutor looking in, it's hard to begin. The criminal case against Rice was a no-brainer, a proverbial first and goal. But something was rotten in the State of Jersey.
If every male football fan vowed never to raise a hand against a woman, this country would be changed for the better. So far, the commissioner has not even suggested that this should be the outcome of this controversy. He is to blame for that omission, and it should cost him his job.
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?