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Domestic violence isn't funny. But the absurdity and hypocrisy regarding the Ray Rice incident is sort of amusing.
In the worst public relations disaster since the U.S. Navy's Tailhook scandal or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Bridgegate, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell have embarrassed the league in less than a week. They have become the face of domestic violence.
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This week, the country had a national teach-in about domestic violence courtesy of a grainy elevator video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. The dark, disturbing images sparked the soul-searching coast-to-coast conversation this issue deserves. In the two days after the video's release, calls to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline shot up 84 percent. And while some shamefully implied that victims who stay in abusive relationships are somehow culpable for their abuse, the hashtag #WhyIStayed, begun by Beverly Gooden, provided a harrowing array of deeply poignant answers. Though questions remain about what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell knew and when he knew it, it's clear this issue goes far beyond the NFL. Ray Rice is just the tip of the iceberg -- beneath it lies a culture and legal system that perpetuates this kind of violence in millions of cases that we never see.
It's time for all of us all to act, and to demand much more from those in positions of leadership in the NFL. I also hope that President Obama and Members of Congress voice their views, not to score political blood-score points, but as human beings who are fathers and mothers, who want America to be a place where their daughters don't live in fear.
Violence, on and off the field...
What is the company culture around Roger Goodell's NFL? It's profiting out of glamorizing lawbreakers.
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.