Ray Rice adding punches to Domestic Violence
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is known on the gridiron for what he can do with his feet. But for the past six months, Rice has been in the spotlight for what he can also do with his hands.
During the offseason, Rice was caught on tape in Atlantic City’s Revel Casino punching, and knocking out his fiancée (now wife). He is also briefly seen dragging her out of the elevator before a man comes to stop him.
In May, he and his wife Janay Palmer opened up to the media about the incident. While Ray apologized to his bosses, Janay apologized for her role in which the incident happened. I repeat, SHE APOLOGIZED.
With the start of Ravens training camp today, Rice finally decided to do what the world had been waiting on. He apologized. Rice held an 18-minute press conference in the Ravens’ training facility in Maryland to discuss that night in Atlantic City. But after hearing his speech, I was left with a few questions of my own.
“I’ve made the biggest of mistake of my life,” Rice told reporters. “I take full responsibility for my actions. My wife can do no wrong. What happened that night should have never happened.”
His wife can do no wrong? Clearly, before this tape was released, she was able to do a lot of wrong. Wrong enough he felt the need to knock her out cold. How many times has this happened, Rice? Was this a daily occurrence? Better yet, how many other women has he struck?
“Her pain is my pain,” Rice added.
So Rice is saying we can knock him out too, right?
“The one thing I can control is being a better father and a better role model,” Rice said.
I’d like to think that he can probably control his fists too, but that’s my opinion.
“The pain I’m talking about living with is that, is waking up every day and my daughter is two years old now, I have a little girl who’s very smart, very intelligent,” Rice said. “And one day she’s gonna know the power of Google. And we have to explain that to her — what happened that night. And I know that’s not who I am as a man.”
I am very proud of Rice acknowledging what’s important, and that is his daughter. However, what pain is he truly living with? I can assure you that his wife has been dealing with pain far longer than he will endure. And you’re right, Rice. You’re not a man. Men don’t hit women; yet alone knock them out unconscious.
Rice continued in his speech stating that he would like to become an ambassador for domestic violence.
Excuse me, what? That statement alone is a giant slap to every victim of domestic violence. I can guarantee that this was not a one-night incident for Rice. More than likely, it won’t be the last. He just won’t have a videotape to give him reason to apologize.
If Rice had not been caught would he be addressing the public with an apology? Where was his apology months ago?
Watching the tape a few times, what disturbs me most is seeing Rice drag Janay’s lifeless body as if she were a duffle bag. Where was he going with her? Was he just going to tuck her into bed, grab some beers, and parade around Atlantic City?
An even scarier question, what would have actually happened had somebody not stopped him?