American football player Ray Rice has been completely cut off from his team the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL, on the account of the video spreading across the internet of him beating up his wife Janay Palmer.
TMZ sports had released the video of the Pro Bowl attacking his wife and knocking her unconscious in an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on February 15th. Apparently it was a heated argument between Rice and his Palmer (who was his fiancée then) which caused the whole event to happen.
Previously the NFL had suspended Rice for 2 games for the incident, however the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted later on that he had punished Rice too lightly, and announced harsher punishments- a 6 month suspension for first time NFL domestic abuse offenders, and possible life bans for repeat offenders.
The video was released on Monday 8th September, and the day after Ray Rice himself broke his 24 hour silence on ESPN: “I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong. We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for (Janay) and my family right now and work through this.”
Janay Palmer, the victim of the attack released a statement on Instagram Tuesday morning blaming the media and “unwanted opinions” for ruining their lives:
“No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted opinions 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 a** 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!”
In the video’s aftermath, Nike dropped its endorsement contact with Rice, EA Sports said it would remove him the player pool of its Madden ’15 video game and Rice jerseys were pulled from the NFL’s online store.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told CBS: “I don’t think he will play another NFL game. I’d be shocked if some team picked him up.”