NFL drops the ball yet again
We see it everywhere, sad to say.
Wal-Mart customers rip open packages of underwear and socks because, y’know, they think they’re going to somehow look different from the pictures quite clearly displayed on them.
This same idiotic reasoning apparently also applies to the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens for failing domestic violence victim Janay Palmer at the abusive hands of former running back Ray Rice because, y’know, his reportedly ‘unsugarcoated’ account of the events that transpired in an Atlantic City casino Feb. 15 weren’t graphic enough already.
They apparently needed to SEE it to fucking believe it — hell, to fucking GET it.
Yes, people, THIS is what domestic violence looks like!
I like to think that society can’t possibly be THAT fucking moronic, but NOOO! The NFL and teams such as the Ravens and Miami Dolphins (I’m alluding to former lineman Richie Incognito’s relentless bullying of then-teammate Jonathan Martin) have to go and prove me wrong by fumbling through two explosive situations so badly in the past year alone that there is no possible way for them to recover, much less protect the victims, unfortunately.
Yes, I know there are many other cases and examples because — as much as it pisses me off to HAVE to even admit this — it’s been happening since the beginning of time.
But THAT isn’t what THIS is about entirely. No siree.
It IS about TMZ on Monday releasing Revel Casino’s disturbingly graphic video footage it somehow acquired of Rice knocking out then-girlfriend/fiancé Palmer in an elevator for all the world to see. Whether it was from the force of his punch to her head or the fact that he belted her so fucking brutally that she hit her head on the metal bars protruding from the elevator walls, she dropped to the floor like a lifeless ragdoll.
It also appears, from what I could ascertain with my own two eyes from the grainy footage, that he spit in her eye mere seconds before his attack and then did it again as she lay on the floor unconscious. You can see her going off on him just before his knockout punch. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t take too kindly to anyone spitting on me.
Afterward, he nonchalantly dragged her out of the elevator as if what he had done was no big deal — which tells me that more than likely wasn’t the first time he hit her — until what I’m guessing is a member of casino security met him outside the doors. At least SOMEONE intervened quickly while that bastard stood in the hallway looking like a useless scumbag with no care in the world as she gradually regained consciousness — albeit AFTER he shook her and unceremoniously moved her limp body — but remained sitting in front of the elevator doors in what was, no doubt, one hell of a daze.
I sure bet he cares now that he has no job.
My big, fat burning question, however, is HOW on EARTH could the NFL and Ravens have NOT seen that second video before Monday, as they’ve claimed?! This IS the age of technology, after all, so there’s no excuse for them not to have had access to that video. Especially since TMZ found a way to get its hands on it, at that.
Moreover, several sources have stated that they, in fact, DID see the tape before Rice’s initial two-game suspension.
And yet, they acted as if they, indeed, had not. In a statement this week, the NFL relayed that it had requested law enforcement to provide all of the details from the case, but the video never was made available.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but that shit explanation positively REEKS. I mean, COME ON, do they think we were all born yesterday?! HELLO?!
Case in point: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell all but admitted as much when he wrote, and I quote, “I didn’t get it right,” in an August letter addressed to team owners when he only suspended Rice for two games several months after the first video aired of him dragging Palmer out of the elevator. Let me just reiterate that this was BEFORE TMZ showed the second video Monday of him connecting with her head with his left hook.
Boy, was that ever an understatement on Goodell’s part. And boy, did that initial kiddie timeout type of punishment handed down by Goodell himself most certainly NOT fit the crime.
Both parties were forced to take swift action … THEN. The Ravens hastily said buh-bye to Rice and Goodell subsequently suspended him indefinitely. Better late than never, I suppose.
Hell, what else COULD they do?! They had to save face somehow.
Still, it’s just another case of too little, too late.
Even after the NFL announced stricter domestic violence policies in late August, right about the same time Goodell wrote that letter to all of the team owners, it’s STILL not enough.
Fuck that shit! Stricter policies, my ass! How about NO TOLERANCE?!
I also think Goodell should go one step further and resign, but he’s too much of a narcissist to do us all THAT big of a favor.
And yes, I also know that Palmer still went ahead and married that piece of shit … one damned day AFTER he was indicted on a felony charge of third-degree aggravated assault by an Atlantic County grand jury March 27.
The laughable part in this clusterfuck lack of justice for Palmer is that the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office agreed to a pretrial diversion program for Rice that mandates counseling, employment and — surprise, surprise — staying on the right side of the law. The charges will be dismissed if he finishes the program — which lasts for all of a whopping 12 months — AND he can get his record expunged by appealing to the Atlantic County Superior Court afterward.
In other words, that paragon of society — yep, that’s sarcasm — got a meager slap on the wrist.
Don’t you just love happy endings?!
Yep, you guessed right again: More sarcasm.
If it were any Joe Schmo from around the way, they’d be sent to prison so fast, it’d make their heads spin.
Snarky remarks aside, are any of you wondering what’s going to happen now, since Mr. Personality no longer has that precious job required by the pretrial diversion program he applied to May 1 after the Ravens showed him the door Monday?
Will he go to trial, after all, and face a possible three- to five-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $15,000 as the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office originally had intended? Or does he STILL get off lightly because he’s a football star — sorry, WAS a football star — with tons of money to throw at defense attorneys to get him off any way possible?
My educated guess would be the latter.
And what about Janay Palmer Rice, who has a young daughter — Rayven — with that GENTLEMAN of a husband of hers?!
Having to relive those moments in that elevator had to be devastating for her. She’s the real victim in all of this. She has no anonymity to shield her from all the scrutiny of an unwanted world stage that has been thrust upon her. The other victim is their little girl, who eventually will see the truth for herself one day when she discovers that her daddy is a monster.
You can argue about why Palmer married that shitbag after the fact until you’re blue in the face or say she’s a dumbass for defending his shocking actions, but that doesn’t mean she’s a gold digger or she got what she deserved or she asked for it simply because there are those who think Rice bought and paid for her.
Do you think it’s OK for someone to beat a hooker simply because they paid up front for the sex? ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY NOT!
Abuse is abuse. PERIOD.
Believe me, I’ve heard it all over the past few days, and the lack of humanity among some people and their inflated senses of self entitlement is alarming.
NO ONE deserves to be abused in ANY way. EVER. End of story.
I cannot emphasize that point enough.
It never ceases to amaze me how truly inhumane society has become. She’s a human being with feelings. Just like you and I. Please, if nothing else, try to remember that.
As a victim, you feel terrified, trapped, ashamed, worthless, hopeless. I realize leaving an abusive relationship ASAP is the obvious solution, but it’s not even remotely as easy as you may think it is to get the hell on up out of there. Go ahead, ask me how I know.
Let me go one step further and ask you this: What if it had been YOUR daughter?
Maybe NOW you’re starting to GET it.
The prosecutor’s office, the NFL, the Ravens — hell, make that ANYONE who prevented victim Janay Palmer Rice from getting any justice at all — dropped the ball on this one. BIG TIME.