Ray Rice: A Modern Day Witch Hunt

15 Sep

A few days ago, I posted a lengthy and emotionally laced blog post which was my view, a different perspective on the Ray Rice situation. One point that I made was the way in which law enforcement chose to handle the case. My main argument was that had Prosecutors thoroughly done their job, demonstrating a weighty stance on the matter, the trickle-down effect would have influenced how the Team and League chose to initially deal with the issue. TMZ has reported that several Prosecutors in the Atlantic City Prosecutor’s Office have stated that the Rice criminal case was handled “outrageously and shamefully” and decisions were made behind closed doors. I’m relieved to learn that the Prosecutor’s Office is being vocal – even under anonymity – about their mishandling of the case.

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Ravens owner, Steve Biscotti stated in an interview that they should have done more to get the elevator video instead of giving up; and has apologized to Raven’s fans, season ticket holders and sponsors. Commissioner Roger Goodell – in full crisis mode – stated that right now they are embarrassed about their handling of the matter and hopes that in 5 years they will look back and realize they did the right thing. This is quite outrageous, the league has made a major decision that affects a man’s livelihood and career and you “hope” it was the right thing! Domestic violence advocates, politicians and many other parties anxious to boost their plat form are now coming for Goodell demanding that he resign. I’m just waiting for them to start demanding that Biscotti sell his interest in the team … wait for it!

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The only good thing that has come of all this is that it has once again thrust not just domestic violence but violence against women to the forefront of people’s conscience. Prior to this incident, the NFL did not have a clear and defined standard with which they disciplined players for domestic violence charges. My hope is that going forward the precedent has been set – time will tell.

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