(Baltimore, MD) – President Obama (D-IL/Kenya) will deliver a major address tomorrow about the country’s response to the ISIS Islamic Fundamentalist threat.
Ukraine finds itself under siege from Russia, as events continue to spiral out of control and NATO eyes its options.
But none of these issues are as important as the one that came to light yesterday: the indefinite suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
On February 14, Rice beat the living crap out of fiancé Janay Palmer in an elevator at Atlantic City’s Revel Casino. After the incident, not only did she marry him, but she apologized for her role in the incident – in spite of receiving a two-game suspension from the NFL.
But a new, detailed video was released on the Internet yesterday – a video showing Rice beating the living crap out of Palmer and subsequently dragging her limp body from the casino’s elevator.
The indefinite suspension from the NFL came swiftly – and just after the Ravens terminated his contract.
Today, Rice’s supporters – all three of them – fired back.
His main supporter, which should come as no surprise to anyone, is Palmer. She came out swinging against the media and “haters” around the world, essentially saying Rice is being unfairly persecuted.
For his part, Rice says he is staying strong for his family.
“Considering the unfair persecution, he’s doing quite well,” said a Rice spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And he’s cut back on beating his wife to once a day.”
Another supporter, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, commented that the Ravens organization might be responsible for Rice’s troubles. And Lewis does not plan to cut ties with his former mentee. But given Lewis’ past transgressions, one has to wonder if Lewis might be responsible for Rice’s troubles?
Lewis played for the Ravens when they dismantled the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. After beating the Giants by a score of 34-7, Lewis was named the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
But, one year earlier, Lewis and two friends were charged with murder – and later acquitted. Because his hands are forever stained with blood, Lewis is sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl XXXV “Most Valuable Prisoner.”
Rice’s third supporter turns out to be none other than NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. In spite of handing down the indefinite suspension, Goodell today left the door open for Rice’s eventual return to the league.
“He would have to make sure that we are fully confident that he is addressing this issue clearly, he has paid a price for the actions that he’s already taken,” said Goodell earlier today.
“And it also has to be economically advantageous for the league, our sponsors, and our shareholders to have him return,” added an NFL spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.