Background: Earlier this year, NFL star Ray Rice was indicted for “third-degree aggravated assault” in relation to an allegation that he punched his fiancee (now his wife) in an elevator in an Atlantic City, N.J. hotel. Rice later cut a deal with prosecutors to avoid prison and the NFL went on to suspend Rice for only two games. Many thought two games wasn’t enough and although NFL commissioner Roger Goodell initially defended Rice’s two-game penalty, he later admitted his mistake and has since toughened the NFL’s policy toward domestic violence.
But now a new video has surfaced showing the actual punch in the altercation, and it’s quite disturbing:
The elevator knockout punch from Ray Rice is beyond disturbing and stomach turning.http://t.co/Ok0jmK6wUW
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 8, 2014
There is a question if Goodell had seen this video before issuing his two-game suspension, and if he did see the video, how on Earth could he have given such a light reprimand to Rice in the first place.
Adam Schefter reacts to the new video of Ray Rice that has surfaced -> http://t.co/An6iu4jtic
— ESPN (@espn) September 8, 2014
Seth Rogen — Ray Rice Should Be BANNED FOR LIFE http://t.co/bMtoX5ok0I
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) September 8, 2014
Ray Rice let his lawyer go on the radio and defame his wife like this. That's some shameful sh t right there. pic.twitter.com/C7KjxeHv30
— nick wright (@getnickwright) September 8, 2014
Note: The judge and prosecutor who gave Rice the sweetheart deal are the same judge and prosecutor going after single mother Shaneen Allen for accidentally bringing her legally owned and licensed handgun from Pennsylvania into New Jersey. Via Glenn Harlan Reynolds:
When Ray Rice beat his wife unconscious in an elevator, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio and New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain agreed to put him in a diversion program for 1st-time offenders to keep him out of jail. But when Pennsylvania single mom Shaneen Allen was pulled over for a traffic violation and volunteered to a New Jersey police officer that she was carrying a legally-owned handgun with a Pennsylvania permit, the response of Donis and McClain was to deny her the same opportunity as Rice.
Allen lives in Philadelphia, right across the river from New Jersey. She has a Pennsylvania permit to carry a handgun. She thought it was recognized in New Jersey, just as it is recognized in over 30 other states. She was wrong. When she told the officer that she had the gun, she was arrested.
Now she faces a felony conviction and a mandatory 42 months in prison. Both Donio and McClain have been unwilling to dismiss the charges, or send Allen to a pretrial diversion program. They seem to want to make an example of her.
Not only does the NFL’s Roger Goodell have some questions to answer, but so do the judge and DA who are treating Ms. Allen as a hardened criminal while going light on Ray Rice.