By now everyone has seen the horrible footage released first by TMZ, of Ray Rice striking his wife Janay in the face, and knocking her out cold. As a result, Ray was Rice was released from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from any NFL games and any Canadian Football League games. Many people have given their opinion on the disturbing video and his actions, including President Obama!
Obama, much like the rest of us, was disgusted by Ray’s actions. White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, released a statement following consultations with the president: “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. 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.”
NFL Players Association Executive, Director Maurice Smith, reacted to the video: “As a father, as a husband — when you see something like that, it’s jarring. It’s disturbing. For our union and for our players, it’s one of those things where you at least try to look at something positive. And that is the reminder how unacceptable any kind of violence, especially domestic violence, should be. It has no place in our lives, and certainly in our community. And that’s where we are right now.”
Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, gave a press conference on Monday night. He claimed that it was the first time he seen the video. Harbaugh admitted that although a thorough internal investigation after Rice’s arrest was done, no one from his organization had ever seen the elevator footage, and Ray would still be a part of the team if TMZ hadn’t released the footage. Unfortunately for Harbaugh, nobody believes that story.
He said “After seeing something this morning, seeing the video this morning, we had a chance to get together with Steve, Dick, Ozzie and myself and we had a meeting. It was not a long meeting. We came to the decision we came to to release Ray and that’s what we did. It’s something we saw for the first time today– it changed things. It made things a little bit different. . . I think it’s pretty obvious and pretty apparent to anybody who has seen the video. When someone that you care about does wrong and is faced with the consequences it is tough and it is hurtful. My pain is for both of them as a couple.From everything talking to Ray, up until his suspension, talking with him a lot, was they were working hard and doing well. If I can help them in any way and if my wife and I can help them in any way, we’ll do that.”
Numerous celebrities reacted to the disturbing video via Twitter, including actors Seth Rogen and Mia Farrow.
Mia tweeted “Seems a man can do just about anything to a woman (or her kids) if she’s just the girlfriend – or wife.”
Seth tweeted: “I don’t know much about football, but I know that Ray Rice is a piece of garbage who shouldn’t be allowed to play it professionally anymore. @nflcommish your punishment for beating a woman is less than for smoking weed. Get your head out of your f****** ass. “