Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Ray Rice and Domestic Abuse)

Interesting topic in football. Ray Rice, star player for the Baltimore Ravens, was previously suspended for domestic violence by the NFL and commissioner Goodall. He got what most people thought was a “light” sentence (especially when compared to the punishments that most drug abusers would get) and it appeared that he would have been reinstated after his second missed game until the actual video of what he did was released  recently. For those of you who have not seen it, here is the actual video link to the elevator footage where this occurred. In the video, you can see that Rice hits her hard enough to knock her out “cold” (and she stayed unconscious for at least a couple of minutes). He then left her there and at some points dragged her off the elevator. It was a horrible attack but now Rice has actually been cut from the Ravens and the league has now suspended him. I would not be surprised if this time the suspension lasts for life. Of course, Rice is at fault here, but under further investigation, is there anyone else here at fault? From what I gather, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” I can’t believe that the NFL based his previous 2 game suspension on what they witnessed in the video (it they did see it). If they did base it on what they saw, then they are to blame for  not taking domestic violence more seriously. Also, since the incident was captured on surveillance camera in the elevator of Revel Casino, why didn’t hotel security come to her rescue? It should have been obvious that a major assault happened here. Why didn’t someone take action? What about the police? Was this man ever arrested based on the contents of this video? Finally, it is NOT the fault of the woman who got hit. She was an innocent victim in all of this. However, she is “every bit” to blame for marrying this jerk a month later. NO WOMAN should stay with a man who will readily “beat or abuse” her. The hit that she took from him was “vicious” and she could have easily “lost her life” based on that single blow. I often cannot understand why any woman would continue to stay with a man who beats her. I can only imagine that she does so out of fear, because nothing else makes any sense to me. A man that  would punch a woman like that deserves to be jailed, and while we have not heard Ray Rice’s side of the story the video is way too damaging in my eyes. I realize that domestic abuse has many different degrees. Of course, a light slap to the head is not the same as a full blown knockout punch. It is quite possible the NFL didn’t realize the magnitude of the punch that Ray delivered, and that could be why he originally received such a light sentence. As long as a man can “outrun” his woman, then there is no need to “hit” her. It is better to run and let off energy than to release that energy on her. Domestic abuse is an issue that needs to be addressed. I hope that Mr. Rice can get his life back in order, but I’m sure there are many people that no longer want to see him in any professional football jersey.  No one is perfect and we all make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have to take responsibility for our own actions. Let’s hope that Mr. Rice can find help for his aggressiveness and that his wife can find the strength to leave this man (because now that he is unemployed and out of work, his chances for beating her again have now increased “significantly”). Let’s give domestic abuse the serious attention that it needs. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and have a great day.


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