Ray Rice and the Bigger Villain

Ray Rice and the Bigger Villain


When all was revealed in the Ray Rice domestic violence case, the world was made aware of his cruel and deplorable action in a casino elevator. Today, Saturday, more was revealed about the timeline of the events. This story is about Ray Rice and the bigger villain.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome had seen both videos and lobbied for leniency from the Commissioner’s office.

It was also reported that Coach John Harbaugh wanted Rice suspended immediately but Bisciotti vetoed the idea. Now we know two things for sure; the two game suspension was a result of the plea of Bisciotti, and Goodell was blatantly lying about what he knew and when.

This is simply another example of selective punishment by dictator Goodell. This is more proof that he’s bad for the NFL and must resign.

Friday night in a speech at Midtown Manhattan’s New York Hilton, Goodell finally came out of seclusion. His speech was at its best, pitiful. His statements were about ‘moving on,’ and plans to form a committee to reset standards for domestic violence punishment. Other than saying he was ‘sorry,’ he did not address the incident or the timeline which forced his speech.

“He’s ready to move on, Roger Goodell, but the question is, is everybody else?” said Fox News commentator Charles Payne on Neal Cavuto’s show. “And the answer’s absolutely not!”

Both the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens are feeling pain the only way that truly matters; in their wallets. Women’s groups continue to seek Goodell’s resignation.

The latest sponsor to remove its advertisements is Proctor and Gamble’s Crest, which promoted an NFL campaign to promote awareness of breast cancer. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has asked the military to ‘look into its relationship with the NFL.’

While all this was being revealed, Ravens’ owner Bisciotti is conveniently out of the country.

“This is kind of what you expect out of Roger Goodell in these situations,” said Time magazine sports writer Sean Gregory on MSNBC, noting that Goodell had failed in his primary mission–“quelling the controversy.”

Gregory continued: “He’s a very artful dodger. He doesn’t answer the questions. A lot of talk of committees. ‘We’re trying to get it right.’ And it sounds a little hollow after all the NFL has been through to just kind of get statements. The news coming out of here is there’s a commission. And we know that when governments don’t want to do something, they form commissions.”

There are 32 teams in the NFL. There are 32 owners who are supporting Roger Goodell. Why? Always follow the money.

Goodell is not good for the game, but he’s good at making money for the owners. And his strongest supporters, such as Bisciotti, must be investigated as well.

Charles Payne discussed the pressure on the largest sponsors, including Anheuser-Busch.

“They’re now in a position where they have to tell their constituents ‘why we stuck with the NFL.’” Payne said. “Typically, it means that someone big…had to be let go. We see this in big business all the time. We see this in the corporate world, and occasionally in the political world, where the person at the top has to leave.”

Goodell won’t go easily. NFL owners have made him a very rich man. He has used this opportunity to increase his financial wealth, but his ultimate and unquestioned power will be his greatest loss. It’s obvious he has enjoyed his supremacy above all else. It’s way past time for him to go.

Bisciotti cannot be allowed to walk away from this debacle unscathed. This is a story about Ray Rice and the bigger villain; the Ravens’ owner should be forced to sell the team. Isn’t this a more devastating offense than racial attacks by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers?

James Turnage