A Punch Is Seen, and a Player Is Out

The Baltimore Ravens terminated Ray Rice’s contract on Monday, after a video, posted by TMZ earlier in the day, showed him punching Janay Palmer in an elevator in February.
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Double jeopardy isn't a concept that applies to at-will private employment, it deals exclusively with criminal sanctions.

1 2018-08-02 17:14:42 - Bill B

it not as you insinuate . double jeopardy does not apply in this case as it is not a legal matter. the NFL will do whatever is necessary to preserve the public image it wishes to present.

4 2017-12-17 22:43:08 - charles

I agree, he should be banned for life. The NFL needs to send the message that it is not ok to abuse your girlfriend, fiance or wife. This is sickening on so many levels!!!!!!!!!!!

4 2017-12-11 20:31:55 - Dia

This act of violence mirrors the NFL. This guy Rice should be prosecuted. His wife is too frightened to testify.

22 2017-11-30 06:28:14 - bb

Agree with most of what you state, but I hope you know that many abused women don't like to press charges....or think they "deserved" it....there is a lot of education to be done on this issue....sad.....I mean, she married the guy!

2 2017-09-30 02:54:10 - smurf

Since you brought it up, yes, it does sound racist. And how you can come to your determinations from a dark video with no sound is beyond me.

5 2017-09-26 09:03:37 - R. Doughty

Boycott the game. Turn it off this weekend. Turn it off this year. I am disgusted by the obscenely poor judgement and reaction by the Ravens and the NFL.

28 2017-08-15 04:38:31 - Morgan

Rather than showing how tough they can get after something happens a better approach would be for the NFL to try to prevent domestic and other types of violence that their players commit. For example, how about counseling players on the wisdom of owning and possessing hand guns? Perhaps (former) players like Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Winey, Jovan Belcher and many others would have had different outcomes if the teams and league provided more leadership.

1 2017-07-22 10:19:49 - Pete

Perhaps you are looking at something else? The video in the Times did not show her attacking him.

0 2017-07-16 16:49:34 - susie

So let me get it straight...

Dragging your fiance out the elevator unconscious
...slap on the wrist.

Knocking a woman out in an obvious display of power, control and malice.
...termination of employment.

Thanks Mr. Goodell for finally waking up - what a buffoon.

None of this should be surprising given the "corporate culture" of power, control and violence that the NFL is all about anyway.

The real tragedy here is the example the Janay Rice sets. Unbeknownst to her she is now a role model for the next woman who will be assaulted by her boyfriend or husband and stay quiet. And why does she not act...well that's easy...$$$$. How sickening and sad at the same time.

Someone who actually cares about Ms. Rice (as opposed to the aforementioned $$$) should whisper into her ear an unfortunate little fact backed up by the statistics ..."he will hit you again".

10 2017-07-11 22:23:56 - P-ditty

I guess in football he's used to knocking people down. And forgetting that he is connected to them. He's probably not used to caring about someone else's well-being, just his own.

3 2017-07-11 18:46:43 - Lori

The only bizarre thing about all of this, to me, is that Janay Palmer is not pressing charges and is staying with the guy who knocked her clean out and then dragged her out of the elevator like a sack of potatoes.

The burly football player being violent and abusive towards women, is totally predictable to me. The NFL very grudgingly giving way to public pressure and suspending him for a little while, but not firing him, is also predictable. But I can't make any sense out of Ms. Palmer's willingness to stay with her abuser.

This can't have been the only time this sort of thing has happened, it's just the only one caught on tape. She's got perfect evidence to have a divorce rushed through court and get a sizeable settlement. She's young, attractive, would be rich with his alimony, and could get another guy who really cares for her and treats her right.

So the baffling things about domestic violence like this are always twofold for me. First, why do guys do it, when it's easy enough to just break up and be done with a woman who won't stop nagging or whatever. And second, why do women put up with it. And I'm sure, this current story and the NFL penalty will not change the incidence or severity of domestic abuse in this country by one iota.

14 2017-06-23 18:31:05 - Dan Stackhouse

Even is no one wants to press charges, if there is a crime committed and irrefutable evidence of it (a video), why is there no prosecution? Isn't this domestic violence/assault? Why does the NFL think they should settle the issue? Where are the police?

219 2017-06-06 14:46:33 - Ted Dowling

The bad behavior of professional athletes and team owners and the increasing frequency of scandals incorporating a toxic mix of political correctness, hypocrisy, sex, greed and opportunistic lawsuits is making it increasing difficult to care about professional sports. My own reaction is "a pox on all your houses".

9 2017-05-13 09:47:15 - Joe

No, it's an assault. No rationalizations change that. Don't be making excuses for a wife beater. He's a wife beater, pure and simple. Jail's the place for him.

0 2017-05-10 02:39:54 - mc

Whoa there -- no suggestion from me that Janay Rice is lacking in personal decency. I just find it very sad and upsetting, and indicative of the complex problems surrounding domestic abuse, that a marriage could occur after an assault like this. Surely that's one of the reasons this video is so shocking.

That someone would choose to marry an attacker is mind-bending to a lot of us, but I hope that if anything good can come from this hideous situation then it's increased awareness surrounding domestic violence and how difficult it can be to leave a life-threatening relationship.

3 2017-05-06 13:46:49 - Elizabeth
First let me state that I in no way condone domestic violence of ANY kind. Male on female or Female on male....
Now that, that's out of the way....
The releasing of Ray Rice at THIS time is nothing more than a cover up and a complete miscarriage of justice, legally and morally.
Ray Rice was nothing more than forthcoming and truthful in his cooperation with law enforcement and the NFL from 2/15/14 (arrest date) through 7/24/14 (NFL hands down their 2 game suspension).
But now because there is a new video made available to the public and the NFL (if you believe them). But, because the public can now "SEE" what he already stated happened, NOW he should be terminated, and suspended indefinitely??? WRONG.
Why didn't it happen once he TOLD them what happened and it was corroborated by his now wife?
No one lied. No one hid the truth, or told half truths.
So because Roger Goodell "messed up" this happens to rectify his initial action?? HOW IS THAT RIGHT?
This is NOT new evidence!
However when the justice system can only do so much because his now wife refuses to testify against him, and they place him on probation and mandatory classes etc. Roger Goodell looks at the justice system and says ok well I guess 2 games is fair punishment for a misdemeanor. How NOW does he bend to public and the media courts of public opinion and suspend indefinitely?? Sad to say but Ray Rice got off easy BECAUSE of Goodell, he can't make it up in my eyes.
Day late, Dollar short Goodell...
9 2017-05-04 19:01:11 - MH

You are exactly right. See "Bejamin Greco"'s comment above. When perpetrators are allowed to claim that domestic violence is a "private matter", they get away with it again and again. Violent assault against anyone is a matter for public concern and intervention. And since when is an elevator in a hotel "private"?

3 2017-05-03 22:32:03 - Dean

Domestic violence is a crime that does not discriminate, there is just as much, if not more domestic violence in the white community as there is in the black community.
In actuality, the white community, is in denial about the amount and the extent of domestic violence that exists in the community in all educational and financial levels of society.

3 2017-04-30 17:59:12 - NYWIVA

You are absolutely right. In many cases of d.v., the victim's testimony is necessary to secure a conviction, but in this case, it is clear that her testimony was not necessary. So the question is: why did the prosecution not proceed? The D.A.'s office needs to answer for this.

7 2017-04-24 03:07:48 - Confused

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