Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NFL, Ravens chose wrong side of domestic violence

There are some individuals which businesses should not back and the perpetrator of domestic violence is one of them. Never take the side of the abuser. The National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens are finding that out the hard way.

After a virtual slap on the wrist by the NFL, a tiny two-game suspension and loss of a third week of pay, the Ravens simply followed along and were set to allow Ray Rice to play this season beginning in Week 3.

However, new evidence in the form of a videotape surfaced Monday of Rice actually carrying through with the violent abuse of his then finance, Janay Palmer-Rice. Rice, not once but twice punched Palmer-Rice in the face. As she fell, she hit her face on the hand rail inside the elevator crumbled to the ground. Not once did Rice show an ounce of remorse.

The NFL had made their decision based on knowledge of an initial recording which showed Rice carrying an unconscious Palmer-Rice out of the elevator. The NFL and the Ravens both suggest they were not privy to this new tape until Monday. Seriously?

A videotape from a hotel should have been pretty easy to get, and now the NFL and Ravens look even worse than they already did in my eyes.

After the new evidence was leaked by TMZ, the Ravens jumped on the opportunity to release Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. The Ravens should have done this from the beginning and the NFL should have presented a much tougher penalty from the outset.

Domestic violence is nothing to push to the side and certainly any individual or business should never place blame on the victim. The Ravens and the NFL did this and now look the fools as they realize the man they gave the benefit of the doubt to is an absolute animal.

And while I'm at it, to all of those morons who suggest that Palmer-Rice was provoking him; get a grip on reality and see a shrink! This is all on Ray Rice, the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.