We all know what happened back in February of this year. Ray Rice and Janay Palmer were arrested and charged with simple assault after a physical altercation inside of an elevator at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Police reported that Ray Rice had hit Palmer so hard that she was knocked unconscious. Janay was Ray’s fiancée at the time and her charges were administratively dismissed earlier while in March, a grand jury indicted Rice for aggravated assault. I am sure by this time the police and prosecutors office had the opportunity to witness video footage of what actually happened inside of the elevator.
It was clearly evident from the initial video provided to the media that an assault took place because it did show Ray dragging Janay’s unconscious body out of the elevator like a sack of potatoes. But that’s all the video provided. We never really saw what went on inside of the elevator. I guess people had to see in order to believe what really happened!
To the dismay of many, exactly one day after he was indicted, Ray and Janay got married. Many questioned the timing of the marriage but it appeared that they were working on their relationship issues and moving forward.
After all of this, Ray received a two game suspension by NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodall and this drew heavy criticism from many. To some, it appeared that Commissioner Goodell didn’t take domestic violence very seriously. In late August, Goodell admitted that he “didn’t get it right” with the two game suspension for Ray Rice, he announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for the first offense and at least one year for a second.
Although many were still critical about the new changes by the commissioner, it appeared that Goodell was at least attempting to address domestic violence issues within the NFL.
All of that changed on the early morning of September 8, TMZ released video of what actually happened inside of the elevator between Ray and Janay. People had a chance to actually witness the violent assault. This infuriated many including the Baltimore Ravens organization. By late afternoon, the Ravens terminated Ray Rice’s contract. Even though the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens denied ever seeing the video of what actually occurred inside of the elevator, I felt the police report stating that Ray had hit Janay so hard that she was knocked unconscious, should have warranted a longer suspension even before Goodell announced tougher penalties.
On Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league had adopted a new zero-tolerance policy toward all videotaped domestic abuse. I am sure this will be more defined in the very near future!
Many questioned how Janay Rice could marry a man that administered this amount of punishment towards her? I even weighed in myself on social media suggesting that it was because of money and I will take this time to apologize to Janay for my theory because I don’t know her well enough to draw a conclusion as to why she still chose to marry him.
Janay made it clear on Tuesday that she will continue to stand by her man and no matter how any of us feel about that, we should take a step back and show compassion not criticize. Compassion because of what she has been through and still willing to forgive and move forward. She isn't the first victim to ever forgive and try to work things out. Compassion should also be shown to all who have been victims of domestic violence because some have even died by such acts!
I'm sure they’re both going through some type of marriage counseling and if that doesn’t work, she still has the option of taking their daughter and walking away from the marriage.
Although the assault was witnessed by many via the video TMZ provided, we all should allow the Rice’s to work out their marriage in private. Why did she stay with Ray and is still willing to defend him? Only Janay Rice can answer that question!
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