We, America, Created Ray Rice

Ray Rice Press Conference

Ray Rice faced the media today for the first time since he knocked his fiancee unconscious and dragged her to his hotel room. I didn’t watch; I have little interest in hearing questions from the same media that insists upon calling Rice an “alleged” woman beater even though he was literally caught on tape and even though he’s essentially admitted doing it. Neither do I care to hear his pre-canned answers.

Everyone right now is pretending outrage that Rice was only suspended for 2 games despite being caught on tape brutally assaulting a woman. And I agree that it is indeed an outrageously light sentence. What I don’t get is why anyone pretends surprise. After all, after the video tape surfaced but before Rice had gone to court or taken any punishment at all, Ravens head coach and apparent scumbag John Harbaugh had already set the tone for how Rice would be treated by his employer (keeping in mind that what we’re discussing is a man who’s just been caught on video knocking a woman unconscious and dragging her down a hotel hallway):

“Ray and I are real close,” Harbaugh said. “We have been for a long time, so it’s an easy conversation to have. I love Janay (ed. – Rice’s then-fiancee). She’s a great person.

“The two people obviously have a couple issues that they have to work through, and they’re both committed to doing that. That was the main takeaway for me from the conversation. They understand their own issues. They’re getting a lot of counseling and those kinds of things, so I think that’s really positive. That was the main takeaway.”

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“There are a lot of facts and a process that has to be worked through in anything like this,” Harbaugh said. “There are a lot of question marks. But Ray’s character, you guys know his character. So you start with that.”

Harbaugh didn’t want to go too light on his public support of a guy who brutally assaulted his now wife, Harbaugh yesterday upped the ante.

“I hate what happened. What happened was wrong. Flat out,” Harbaugh told reporters after Wednesday’s training camp practice. “The thing I appreciate about it is how Ray has handled it afterward by acknowledging it was wrong and he’ll do everything he can do to make it right. That’s what you ask for when someone does a wrong thing. So, I’m proud of …read more    

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