On Monday TMZ leaked a harrowing video (above, but be warned it shows graphic violence) showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiance (now wife) Janay Palmer in an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Rightfully there has been uproar about the incident since the video's release, which resulted in the Ravens posting the following yesterday:
This was followed up by the NFL giving him an indefinite suspension from playing for any National Football League team, with NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeting:
People have criticised the NFL's response to the incident, which was initially only a two-game suspension issued back on 24 July. The NFL said it hadn't actually seen the tape at this point (claiming they'd seen it for the first time on 8 September when it was released by TMZ). NFL commissioner Roger Goodell later apologized for their initial timid response, issuing a statement to the NFL owners on on 28 August:
My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.
Once TMZ leaked the video players were quick to condemn what Rice had done.
While many were outraged by the video, others were skeptical about why the Ravens and the NFL were only now reacting properly to the incident after a public outcry. Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe was one of the people voicing his skepticism. And so was National Post reporter Eric Koreen.
Sports columnist Dave Hyde wasn't convinced either.
Hyde also pointed out that football has a larger problem with covering up acts of domestic violence, which it hasn't really addressed.
It was a thought that was echoed by others.
The questions now is, how will the Ravens and NFL move forward after the suspension? Some people think further discipline is needed, some want Goodell's head on a stick, others want to see the case reopened.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is unrelenting in its decision not to put Rice in jail though. "Mr. Rice received the same treatment by the criminal justice system in Atlantic County that any first-time offender has, in similar circumstances. The decision was correct." Jay McKeen from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office told NJ.com.
Meanwhile, over on Fox & Friends they sunk to new depths as hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy made tasteless, and unnecessary, jokes about the incident.
via Bleacher Report, TMZ, NJ.com