At this point, almost everyone has seen the video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. Yes, it is absolutely disgusting that this would happen and that he would even swing at her. There is no acceptable time for a man to ever place his hands on a woman. As someone who has been a player of upstanding character until this incident broke, it came as surprising to see someone who’s cause is anti-bullying to do something like this. That being said, there is a bigger problem here that needs to be addressed. It is something that, quite frankly, is ridiculous, and people need to reevaluate themselves before uttering one more word about Ray Rice.
Where were you when other players did the exact same thing?
Ray Rice is not the only person that has been charged with domestic abuse since the end of the 2013 NFL season. Why is no one saying anything about Ray McDonald being allowed to play even though he was charged with domestic assault? The same thing goes for Greg Hardy, who was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. Ray Rice’s situation is completely the same aside from one small detail; Rice hit his fiancée, and it was caught on video. However, that doesn’t make him any worse of a person because he was caught. Hardy was convicted in a court of law, which means there was enough proof to warrant his peers believing he actually did assault his ex. Hardy wasn’t cut by his team or suspended indefinitely. Why was Rice?
What about other players that were charged with crimes but were never punished like this? Staying within the organization, Ray Lewis was charged with murder and never ended up being suspended indefinitely by the league. Donté Stallworth was charged with DUI manslaughter, and he was only suspended for a year from the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger was accused of rape and he saw a suspension that lasted him a few games, and continues to play on the same team as before the accusations. Michael Vick was convicted of running a dog fighting ring and was able to return to the field after serving his time in jail. Chad Ochocinco was charged with domestic battery after headbutting his wife and was cut that same day by the Dolphins, but never received an NFL suspension for it. Ahman Green, the Packers all-time leading rusher, was arrested for a domestic incident, but nothing ever came of this.
Why are any of these players any different than Ray Rice? Of all of the players who laid their hands on women, why is it that Rice is the one that gets singled out? What he did is not worse than anything those other “men” did, so it should not be treated as such.
In the age of social media where every single person thinks his/her opinion is the only correct one, people need to consider the bigger problem here. The mob mentality that occurs with these kind of things is outrageous and needs to end. Simply put by the NFL’s new domestic abuse policy, Rice should have been suspended for 6 games and not one more. The Ravens still had the right to cut him, but Roger Goodell had no right to indefinitely suspend him.
All of the other previously mentioned players received second chances after resolving their off the field issues. While Rice will not get one in Baltimore, he deserves one somewhere else.