As most of us have heard through social media and or television, Ray Rice, the former NFL running back of the Baltimore Ravens struck his wife unconscious and dragged her across the floor during a verbal altercation in a public elevator. When the news broke,(before the video was released) the NFL had a decision to make on what they would do with Ray Rice in regards to his eligibility to play in the upcoming season. The legal system was already investigating, but what would his employer do? After a couple weeks of gathering information and evidence, the NFL decided to suspend Ray for the first two games of the season.
As many can imagine, people were not happy with the decision and criticized the NFL and its commissioner for making the wrong decision in not handing out a much steeper punishment.
Fast forward to September 8th of this year, about three weeks after the suspension was handed out, you hear TMZ has released the video of the attack.
Immediately after the video was released, the Baltimore Ravens released Ray from the team, and not much later the NFL suspended him indefinitely for at least the remainder of the year.
The issue is simple, why did it take for the NFL to have to witness the video before they made the proper stance on such an important matter. The NFL has had so many domestic violence issues over its existence and actions like these are continuing to increase the likelihood of more to come. Penalties for possession of marijuana had been harsher than a two game suspension under commissioner Roger Goodell, but a domestic violence assault from a physical beast like most NFL players to his wife only warranted two games. NFL players are role models to so many young kids who watch football every sunday and the examples they continue to set are hurting our youth. As we learned from the art exhibit, Children imitate and copy actions they see and hear by people who mean something to them until the age of twelve. This statistic shows that NFL players who have legal troubles have a tremendous effect on the youth.
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Another issue that can be taken away from this incident is that actions should be taken quickly and firmly from all institutions that employ these domestic violence offenders. The word was out that Ray Rice had hit his wife, but it took an actual video for substantial actions to be taken. Are we so desensitized as a society to reading about domestic abuse or abuse in general and it takes an image in our head to really understand what is going on? In order to stop domestic abuse all together, knowing how serious and prevalent the matter is, regardless of a video or not, is paramount.