Earlier this year in February, Ray Rice and his soon to be wife were involved in a domestic violence incident that took place in Atlantic City. The aftermath footage of what took place inside the elevator was caught and released on tape. As her helpless body was drug out by Rice and a domestic incident was reported, Rice was suspended for two games but continued to have the support from his Ravens team. However, since then the actual footage of what transpired inside the elevator has finally been released. It shows the couple in a heated argument where he reacts by punching her in the face and being knocked out cold. The NFL now has decided to take further action from their original punishment and suspend Rice and the Baltimore Ravens terminated the running back’s contract. Now the incident has been out there for some time and the Ravens chose to only reprimand Rice with a 2 game suspension initially. So now that the events taking place has been revealed to the world, Rice receives the ‘correct’ punishment.
Some feel uneasy that the NFL obviously didn’t care enough about the domestic violence issue only until after the video was released. The main question being posed is: Why did the video footage have to be released in order for Ray Rice to be given this punishment in the first place? It is very strange that we all knew the circumstances to the incident in the beginning and he only received the 2 game suspension. It’s even more strange that he married his fiancee less than a month after the incident. All of the video footage from inside and outside the elevator has been there from the beginning and it is safe to say the police and NFL were initially aware of all the disgraceful circumstances that took place that night. Since the NFL and Ravens made the announcement of his new found consequences and a lot of people have commented on the issue including: Columbus Short (accused of domestic violence with his wife), Evelyn Lozada (who was in a domestic violence with former husband, WR Chad Johnson), Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu, Seth Rogen and more.