This blog has now been updated with a statement from Janay Rice, Ray Rice’s wife, the same person in the video getting knocked out.
I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that [the] media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass [off] for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.
THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”
TMZ doesn’t care. They got ratings. The news doesn’t care. They got ratings. The NFL doesn’t care. They only suspended Ray Rice for 2 games and currently let other players play the season while charges are pending (that do not have TMZ videos out). Ray Rice has nothing pending and is already in the counseling he agreed to for this situation because he was a first time offender. The people didn’t care. This was barely mentioned in February when it actually happened and the millions that tweeted yesterday, reacted because they saw a viral video and it was #trending. Who does care? Janay and Ray Rice. The two people in the video that have made amends and worked out their problems. It’s okay the world has decided to judge Ray Rice, because what he did was wrong, but to punish him again (which really punishes his wife and daughter as well) just because TMZ releases a video in an attempt to promote their sleazy website. Pathetic. Shame on US.
Ray Rice, TMZ, NFL, General Public.
In that order.
Above is the entire video that has been spreading all over the internet since this morning. This is not the first video released, as the original elevator footage was released prior to his hearing on May 29, 2014. That footage showed Ray Rice drag his unconscious wife out of the elevator and move away from her as security approached him. He never denied hitting her and most of us assumed what went on in the elevator prior to him dragging her out unconscious, resembled the Jay Z and Solange video. Any man leaving a woman unconscious is a piece of shit. We expected him to be dealt with and punished accordingly.
Below is a link that shows each arrest in the NFL since 2000. What happened before 2000? Don’t worry about it, because TMZ won’t have that footage online so no one will ever really care.
After the document loads, hit CTRL F, put term domestic violence in the popup box, and be prepared to hit next a whole lot. Star wide receiver Dez Bryant is in there for beating up his own mother. Yes, he beat up his own mother. This is a big problem in the NFL, and because a video was released doesn’t make it worse. Do we really need a video to sympathize with domestic violence?