Ray Rice has been terminated from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended from the NFL indefinitely. This occurred on the same day that a video surfaced which showed Rice punching his then fiancé, Janay Palmer, in the face back in February. Palmer was knocked out cold and the video shows Rice dragging her limp body out of the elevator. The two are now married.
You might recall that the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, originally suspended Rice for just two games. He was widely criticized for his leniency and later announced a new domestic violence policy for NFL players. He admitted that he was wrong for suspending Rice for just two games. “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, ” Goodell said. Just two weeks after that admission, the now infamous video surfaced which neither the league nor the Ravens had ever seen before.
“THE VIDEO CHANGED THINGS”
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that the video “changed things.” After watching it for the first time on Monday, he had a meeting with owner Steve Bisciotti and GM Ozzie Newsome. They made the decision to proceed without Rice.
THE FUTURE FOR RAY RICE
When Rice met with the media in July, he said, “I’m prepared for the worst but that’s something I’ve brought upon myself. I have my teammates, my wife, my family, people close to me who will help me through this. … I know that I love kids, that I love helping people, and that I will be an ambassador against domestic violence. …”
“That’s who I’m going to be as a person, that’s who I’m going to be as a man. … Domestic violence has no place in this world — especially man on woman — and I have to live with (that) the rest of my life.”
Whatever his future holds, we know it will be a future that does not involve professional football.