I am positive that we will never hear the truth about the Ray Rice incident from Roger Goodell or Steve Bisciotti. They’ll stick to their falsehoods forever. The issue of the second tape from the elevator lacks the importance it has received. When the first one was viewed, and an unconscious woman was being dragged through the door, what did the Commissioner and Ravens’ owner think happened? There is a new meaning for the NFL: Now Famous for Lying.
There exists both testimony and evidence that the Head of Security for the Ravens and the Commissioner’s office, each received both tapes before Rice’s original two game suspension was handed down. Both organizations deny the fact. The source who claimed he or she sent the tape to the Commissioner’s office remains anonymous. However, one Associated Press reporter claims to have heard a woman’s voice acknowledging that the tape had been received by someone in the Commissioner’s Office, and that same reporter said the caller ID showed a number that was assigned to the League Office.
Who are NFL fans expected to believe? If you are a true fan of the league, it’s simple. Goodell has virtually destroyed defenses in the NFL, and continually administers unfair punishment for a variety of issues. Why? That’s a simple answer; offense scores the points and increases the fan base in stadiums and on television. Goodell’s was hired to make owners more wealthy, and he has accomplished that at the expense of the game. And Bisciotti is and owner.
The Commissioner’s Office has hired former FBI Administrator Robert Mueller to investigate the affair. This creates a serious problem. His decision may be influenced by the fact that he works for the League, representing the Commissioner’s Office. And Goodell continues to claim ignorance, a privilege he did not allow Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints.
And Ravens’ General Manager Ozzie Newsome clarified nothing but pointed to the desire by Ravens’ management to whitewash the entire situation.
My sources for a major part of this article are the Baltimore Sun and Yahoo sports.
“When I met with Ray to discuss the incident, I asked him one question: “Did you hit her?” He responded: “Yes”. Ray and I didn’t discuss details beyond that, because in my mind if he hit her, no matter the circumstances or explanation, he needed to own the situation. I immediately focused on Ray taking responsibility and making amends. I later said Ray didn’t lie to me because he told me he hit her, and that is what the video later showed—although the video was much more violent than what I had pictured.”
Ignorance is bliss. Goodell claims he was unaware of the second video before the original punishment of Rice. He ignored the first video and adhered to the wishes of one of the owners who pay his millions of dollars in salary. Rice received a ‘slap on the wrist.’
The problem is that both of these sources display ignorance of the facts. The NFL has become famous for lying.
Ray Rice is a violent man. He used his physical stature to attack his fiancé and render her unconscious. He is the poster boy for domestic violence. He is a product of the NFL which promotes emotional violence over conscious thought.
I love only one sport, and that is the NFL. On the field aggression vs. off the field violence must be separated. This is the responsibility of NFL management which makes billions of dollars from league play. Women and children must cease to be victims of violence in our nation.
More than 30,000 women and children are murdered each year as a direct result of domestic violence. The NFL is a microcosm of this sad reality. It has an opportunity to lead in the cessation of this inhumane reality, but persons such as Goodell and Bisciotti will only offer a continuation of a problem which they choose to ignore and deny.