Why Ray Rice’s Suspension is a Joke

RayRiceIf you haven’t heard, the NFL recently suspended Ray Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, for two games. When hearing that, you’d have to think he did something minor, right? Wrong!

His suspension is for domestic violence against his then fiancee, Janay Palmer. I wish I could say this story gets at least somewhat of a happy ending, but it doesn’t. She’s his wife now.

Keep in mind, this wasn’t just a shove or a slap. He left her unconscious in an elevator. That’s right. Unconscious.

And it’s not like this is hearsay. I mean, there is video evidence. You’d think that would be enough.

This would have been the perfect chance for the NFL, the favorite sport among men in our country, to make a statement that they will not tolerate violence against women.

Unfortunately, they chose to let that opportunity pass. They were more worried about an athlete being able to take the field, so they could fill more seats, sell more jerseys and get higher ratings than they are about the welfare of women in this culture.

It’s absolutely disgraceful that this man is being let back on the field, at all. Let alone being allowed to return after serving a mere two-game suspension.

This is exactly what’s wrong with our society right now. People are more concerned about money and entertainment than they are about deep and hurtful political issues.

But the real kicker is that several NFL players have received full-season bans for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Let that sink in for a minute.

Basically, the NFL has decided that testing positive for marijuana is a major offense worthy of a losing the ability to play for the entire season, while leaving a woman unconscious in an elevator is a much more minor offense. Those are terrible priorities, if I’ve ever seen them.

Anger doesn’t begin to describe how I feel about this horrible injustice. It’s very clear how much the higher-ups in that organization value women.

It just goes to show that as far as we’ve come as women, we still have a long way to go. We have work to do before we’re even looked at as valuable enough to protect against horrendous acts of physical violence.

This kind of thing should not be tolerated by men or women. I, for one, think it’s time for somebody to take a stand. And it certainly won’t be the NFL.

 

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