Full disclaimer: we pay no attention to NFL football, the league could go away and we wouldn’t notice. Until this incident happened we’d never heard of Ray Rice, and now that it has we’re kinda sorry we have heard about him. His fiance at the time of the incident, now his wife, is the dumbest woman we’ve seen in a long time, excluding Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, if you’ve missed the hullabaloo, Ray Rice is a football player, he plays for Baltimore. Other than figuring out that he’s a big mass of muscle and plays in a very violent sport (neither of which we have an issue with) he’s one of the last people we’d pick a fight with. Here’s the elevator video that’s got him in hot water.
Just a couple of comments about the video. First, it appears that she charged him and she was swinging. That doesn’t excuse what he did, but we find that to be a pretty gross act of stupidity. As she’s coming in he pops her with a clean punch to the face, it looks like her head snaps back and hits the elevator rail, and she’s out.
From our Curmudgeonly perspective it’s what happens next that we find most shocking. He makes no attempt at any time to find out how badly hurt she is. He drags her out of the elevator, in two different drags and just stands there talking to someone we think is a security guard, and the guard doesn’t seem to care about her either. It’s almost at the end of the video before a woman finally comes up, puts her arm around Ray’s squeeze (punch?) and offers her any consolation.
Another disclosure. If whatshername were our daughter (Obama flashback moment here) Ray Rice wouldn’t be worried about being suspended from the NFL, he’d be worried about The Curmudgeon putting a tight group of three center mass and one in his head for good measure.
Now then, as for the rest of what’s happened since “the incident.”
The local prosecutor declined to charge Ray with a felony, they allowed him to go into a “diversion program,” take some classes on why it’s not a good practice to beat up your girlfriend, and have the incident expunged from his record. This is the same prosecutor who is charging a Pennsylvania single mom who has a legally permitted handgun in PA and drove over the state line into NJ, was stopped in a routine traffic stop, told the officer she had a gun, showed him her PA permit, and was promptly arrested and charged with a felony that has a mandatory minimum of two years in prison. She has never had a problem with law before this and the prosecutor, who apparently likes Baltimore’s football team, is making an example of her.
We have a problem with the prosecutor.
After the incident became public knowledge, the commissioner of the National Felons League suspended Rice for two games. The womyns movement had a fit over that. When the tape became public knowledge, the NFL suspended him permanently and Baltimore voided his contract.
We happen to think that the league and the team should have their collective asses sued off by Mr. Rice. Unless there’s a “morals clause” in his contract, what he does off the field is none of their business. After all, Ray Lewis is the hero du jour for the NFL, and he managed to OJ a murder charge.
And finally, we come to the whole point we’re writing this post. Ray’s squeeze.
At the time of The Punch that Destroyed the Ravens, Ray and his squeeze were engaged. One month after The Punch, they were married. We’re guessing they waited a month for the swelling to go down and the bruises to heal. Here’s what the new Mrs. Rice had to say.
Got that? All this is the media’s fault. UmmHmm.
We’ll take some heat for “blaming the victim” here, but Mrs. Rice, you’re gonna be getting all you deserve. And Ray, so will you. When your new wifie figures out that you’re not likely to be that big payday anymore, she’s going to take you for every nickel you’ve got and will ever have.
To summarize, Ray Rice is a thug. His wifie is as stupid as they come. The NFL sucks. The only people getting anything out all this is the lawyers.
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