cheap brazil soccer jersey Barack Obama comments on Ray Rice row
This is one example where a sports story has transcended the boundary, with the President of the United States releasing a statement. Even as professional American football running back Raymell Mourice “Ray” Rice has been indefinitely suspended from play by the National Football League for an alleged “domestic violence”, President Barack Obama, through White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, has condemned his actions.
FILE Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife, Janay, during a news conference. AP Photo
According to Yahoo, the statement said, “The president is the father of two daughters, and like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.” Yahoo quoted Earnest as adding, “Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football, and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”
Rice had been seen in a surveillance video, released by TMZ on Monday morning, punching his then fiancee and knocking her unconscious.
Longer Rice video shows obscenities, spitting
Ray Rice and Janay Palmer can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit in the face of the three time Pro Bowl running back right before he throws a brutal punch in a video shown to The Associated Press by a law enforcement official.
FILE Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media in Owings Mills, Md. AP Photo
The video, shown to the AP Monday night, includes audio and is longer than the grainy TMZ Sports video released earlier that day. After the TMZ video made its way around the Internet, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely. Rice was originally suspended for two games and coaches and others had praised his behaviour since the arrest for striking his then fiancee in February.
Bartender Abby Hopper, left, of Baltimore, collects a Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens football jersey from Erin McGonigle, right, of Arbutus, Md., at Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks, a Baltimore restaurant that offered a free personal pizza in exchange for Rice jerseys Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Rice was let go by the Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then fiancee in February. AP Photo
The videos show Rice and Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed on Sept. 2.
The higher quality video shown to the AP shows Rice made no attempt to cover up the incident. After Palmer collapses, he drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, “She’s drunk, right?” And then, “No cops.” But Rice didn’t respond.
Coach John Harbaugh said he met with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome after they saw the TMZ video, and they made the decision to let Rice go.
“It’s something we saw for the first time today, all of us,” Harbaugh said. “It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different.”
The action represented a complete reversal for the team, even though an Atlantic City police summons stated that Rice caused “bodily injury to Janay Palmer, specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious.”
The Ravens had used words like “respect” and “proud” in referring to Rice following his arrest.
When the NFL announced Rice’s two game suspension for domestic violence on July 24, Newsome said: “We respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.
Asked Monday night if Rice misled him, Harbaugh said he didn’t want to get into “all that.”
“I don’t think of it that way. Everything I said in terms of what I believe, I stand by,” he said. “I believe that still, and I’ll always believe those things, and (we’ll) always stand in support of them as a couple, and that’s not going to change.”
Rice said in a news conference this summer that his actions that night were “inexcusable.” But the Ravens never took action against him until after the second video was released.
The NFL, which has been working hard to promote the game to women, also took action after the explicit video was released.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely.
“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday morning. “That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”
Rice’s lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.
Rice, 27, stood to make $4 million this year.
“Obviously, any video that depicts an act of violence in that video is disturbing to watch. For our union, we have an unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said at the Seahawks’ facility in Renton, Washington. “It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today.”
He had been charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention programme that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record.
After Goodell drew criticism not being tough enough on Rice, he wrote a letter to all 32 NFL owners in August saying he “didn’t get it right.”