The internet has been on fire with the developing story of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Graphic video surfaced on TMZ from an Atlantic City hotel in February, showing Rice punching his fiancee and then dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator. Initial video only showed the aftermath and got Rice a two-game suspension, but when the full video surfaced, Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended from the NFL:
The new video of the incident reignited criticism of Goodell and the league’s handling of domestic violence. The commissioner was portrayed as out of touch on the issue, and it came as he was grappling with other explosive issues, including bullying in the locker room, players driving drunk and carrying weapons, and a drug and steroids policy that some considered outdated. [Commissioner Roger] Goodell, who has wide discretion to penalize players for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, was criticized for giving Rice only a two-game suspension. The N.F.L. received hundreds of phone calls in protest, and petitions with tens of thousands of signatures were collected.
Goodell has now stated that future policy now dominates that all NFL players or employees are suspended for six games for a first offense of domestic violence. Just imagine if there wasn’t such a thing as public outcry.
Team Blackness also discussed media accountability, why the NFL is the worst, and the impact of social media.