TMZ Releases Surveillance Video of Ray Rice Attacking His Fiance. Ravens Finally Terminate His Contract

TMZ Releases Surveillance Video of Ray Rice Attacking His Fiance. Ravens Finally Terminate His Contract September 8, 2014


What does it take for a pro football player to be held accountable?

Mistreatment of animals will get it done in  a hurry. Just ask Michael Vick.

But beating up a woman?

Not so much.

After months of dithering about the Ray Rice fiancé beating scandal the Ravens have finally terminated his contract. This follows the NFL’s earlier defense of a two-game suspension of the running back and a standing ovation of support for him from fans. Ray Rice fans also lit up twitter with their supportive messages. 

His fiancé even went ahead and married Mr Rice six weeks after he knocked her out.

If it hadn’t been for TMZ, that’s where the story would have ended, with another woman playing maso to some guy’s sado and all the good old boys giving him back-slapping high-fives for his behavior.

Misogyny is not a problem of one group of people or one set of beliefs. Misogyny is a human problem. It has everything to do with letting the biggest and the meanest make all the rules and nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with true manliness or human decency.

Real men don’t hit women.

In fairness to Mrs Rice, she probably does not remember what her husband did to her. She may not remember anything that happened that day, or that week.

There’s no doubt that men are stronger than women. God made them that way for a purpose and that purpose is not to beat and batter their families. It is to protect and provide for their families.

I’m glad the Ravens were finally forced to do what they should have done the first day. I wonder if the fans who gave Mr Rice and standing ovation and who sent those supportive tweets are re-thinking their own behavior?

If you want to see the video, go here. Thank you TMZ for putting it out there.

From TMZ:

This is what a two game suspension looks like — Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his fiancee’s face, knocking her out cold … and TMZ Sports has the shocking video.

We’ve already shown you the aftermath outside the elevator … Rice dragging the unconscious woman on the floor.  But we’ve now obtained video of the punch that put her down, raising the question … What was the NFL thinking when it wrist-slapped Rice with such feeble punishment?

The incident took place Feb. 15th at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City — after Ray and then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer got into a heated argument on their way into the elevator.

Inside the elevator it’s apparent he strikes first … she hits back … and then Rice delivers the knockout blow.

The punch knocks Janay off her feet — and she smashes her head on the elevator hand rail … knocking her out cold. Ray doesn’t seem phased … and when the door opens, he drags her out into the hotel. 

An employee of the hotel  — which just shut down for good — tells TMZ Sports he was working there at the time and says the NFL saw the elevator footage before imposing the 2-game suspension.

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29 responses to “TMZ Releases Surveillance Video of Ray Rice Attacking His Fiance. Ravens Finally Terminate His Contract”

  1. Ken, I think women should leave these bozos. I deleted a sentence I wrote to that affect because I didn’t want to get into blaming the victim. But to claim that the wife is in any way responsible for what happened here is nonsense.

    I can’t tell for sure if she tried to shove him or not, but if she did, do you suppose he was in any danger of her moving him so much as one step? I’m not saying either sex should be violent toward their spouse.

    But let’s have a little bit of common sense and proportion here. It amazes me how men try to ignore just how much stronger they are than women in these discussions.

    It also amazes me that if he had done this to dog, the outrage would be ever so much greater.

  2. It is outrageous that the Raven’s didn’t toss his tush the first time. 2 game suspension was a joke and it didn’t take folks long to figure that out. if he never plays again it will be too soon. Why in the world the woman married him anyhow is beyond my understanding. Maybe she believed him when he said he was “sorry”. Or she has low self esteem and feels she deserved the treatment.

  3. Often it’s fear that keeps the woman in the relationship. And “love” to a person who has been abused is distorted by their fear and insecurity. Many times abused people have grown up with a distorted idea of what love is.

    Women who do leave abusive husbands often fear for their lives and can end up dead. Look at what happened to Nicole Brown Simpson. She was abused by OJ during her marriage and left him, only to end up murdered.

    My mother was abused by her second husband, and she stayed loyal to him despite it all, and never pressed charges when the police were summoned. After all she loved and needed him which perplexed me and my sisters who had to endure him until we left the home. He provided financial security which is a big deal to women who need the help raising children in a divorce.

    But I don’t blame my mother (anymore) for the cruelty and bullying she and we endured. I blame my stepfather who should have known better, especially considering how many times he claimed to be a born-again Christian. Being stronger than my mother physically, he betrayed the trust that was placed in him as a husband and father.

  4. The bullying abuse by dominant, strong people against the weak seems to mirror our society’s current mean-spirited attitude toward the weak, the poor, the immigrant, women, children (i.e, our neighbors) whom Christ told us to love. It’s part of the current selfish, violent, divisive, anti-Christian spirit which has infected America. It’s good that these injustices are being exposed to the sunlight.

  5. I know you don’t Ken. I was just re-orienting the conversation. I used to do that with my kids when they were little. They’d go on and on explaining until I’d say, “Are you telling me that it was ok for you to hit your brother with a lamp?” That reoriented the conversation.

    I shouldn’t have done that here. The medium is too limited for it.

    FWIW, I’m a bit confounded by someone marrying a guy like this, knowing what he is. Makes no sense to me, either.

  6. He’s probably already blaming her (the stupid bi**h) for being fired. He’ll keep it together until the media dies down, then watch out. He has already got her thinking that way too.

    I do hold women responsible for not ending the relationship immediately as well. The first time he shoves, hits, kicks, punches, she’s a victim. The second time and every time after that, she’s a volunteer. This in no way absolves the man. He is not only responsible for the violence he does but he is just as responsible to end the relationship as she is so it doesn’t happen again.

  7. I just heard today, on talk radio, (The Larry Elder Show) she is quoted as saying her life and his has been turned upside down because “too many folk are judging them.”

  8. Rebecca, in the video I saw she smacked and spat at him. He, then, knocked her out. Both are wrong, the second is criminal. She should have left. I bet where she comes from this kind of abuse is “normal.” It is wrong. I know people who have ended relationships then and there because of much less. The abuse will continue till there is a big change or one of them is dead.

  9. She’s lucky he didn’t kill her with that blow. She probably did suffer at least some permanent brain damage.

  10. I have a problem with this. Not with the bastard getting punished – he should be in jail. But with saying that a man should lose his job because of sins and crimes that have nothing to do with it. This man was not hired to be a testimonial for good relationships; he was hired to play football and help win games. How many people would keep their jobs if their private lives were fully opened to scrutiny and private evil behaviour were a sackable offence?

  11. He is also rich and famous. A woman might decide to put up with a lot for the sake of a mansion home, servants, and a prospective mountainous divorce settlement. It is the women who put with such abuse at the bottom of society that trouble me.

  12. I’m not supporting Rice in any way, but I do have a question. Why is this the NFL’s responsibility? This is a law enforcement issue and Rice should be prosecuted to the fullest. I just don’t see why the NFL needs to take any action on it. If I commit a crime outside of work, would I get disciplinary actions at work? I don’t think so. If I were to get prosecuted and go to jail, then my job would have no choice but to severe work relationship due to inability to perform. I just don’t understand the criticism the NFL has taken over this.

  13. It’s a heavily regulated industry that markets itself to families. I think having a ‘morals’ policy is the least they can do so they are not promoting criminals as sports stars for kids to look up to as their heros. Of course, we all know they only actually care when forced to care but that’s another story common to far too many businesses these days.

  14. The point is that it was no longer private and the industry has an family friendly image to uphold. Every employer has to deal with the public criminal behavior of their employees

  15. That’s a good point, though I don’t see how it’s that heavily regulated. Still as you can see by the other comments, it does seem to go beyond justice. And you’re putting a burden on the NFL to discern what the truth is. I do see your point though.

  16. Was it private when I’m sure he had to know that hotels have cameras and what he did was “witnessed” by those cameras. He wasn’t in his room in the hotel or a home. What he did was not right under any circumstances, no matter the location. Also he is a public figure and unfortunately for him they are sometimes held to different standards. Public or private figures, men shouldn’t be hitting women. (or vice versa). .

  17. The supposed need of professional sports to cultivate a family friendly is one reason why most teen-agers are brutally cynical by the time they are fifteen and why some never grow beyond that first shock. Because by the time a child who follows sport is twelve or thirteen, he is beginning to realize that it’s all baloney. It doesn’t take much.

    I don’t follow American football, but, like most of my fellow-Italians, I love most sports and am especially fond of soccer. When I was growing up, indubitably the greatest player in Italy, indeed anywhere in the world outside Pele’s Brazil, was a weedy little fellow with a big nose and funny eyebrows, called Gianni Rivera. Rivera was an incredible playmaker, “living proof” (as an English journalist put it) “that class players always have time on the ball”, with an amazing ability to be always loose of his marker whenever the ball was in his neighbourhood, and an equally miraculous eye for where to pass it for maximum damage, He was equally phenomenal at dribbling and sprinting past defenders; and he was sheer death from the penalty spot. Watching him take apart an opposition defence was an exhilarating experience, that pulled you up from the seat to your feet shouting and clapping.

    Rivera was my first great disappointment in a sports hero. As it happens, he did not do anything actionable or vicious, and for all I know his family life is beyond reproach. However, he got a swelled head, decided to take over his own team – AC Milan – himself, and tore it apart. He brought in unknown moneyman scoundrels from Switzerland who reduced a prosperous big-city team to bankruptcy and pushed it n two years from the top of European football to the second division, where it had never been before. And as a side effect, he finished his own glorious football career in controversy and humiliation at the ridiculously early age of 32.

    This was my first introduction to the feet of clay of idols, though hardly the last. (The most recent was to find out that Katharine Hepburn had campaigned for Wallace in 1948, being evidently the only person in America not to see the puppet wires ran from Moscow. It takes a clever person to be so fantastically stupid.) And the point I wish to make is that there was nothing actionable, criminal, or repulsive about Rivera’s actions. They were, however, totally wrong in terms of the team he had worked for all his life and of the fans who had supported him since he was sixteen, and I cannot have been the only person who got his or her first lesson in the reality of sports heroes.

    It is simply wrong to encourage children to idolize sports players, and that is not necessarily anything to do with private lives. These are young,very young, men and women with specific gifts; you have to teach the child to admire the gift without overrating the person. As a child I never did go mad over actors or singers, because my parents, quite rightly, pointed my attention to the ways in which these people were – just people. But my mother did not care for sports, and my father was a Rivera fan, and so I did not get a similar nuanced message in this area. I remember, in fact, being startled to read Baden-Powell in SCOUTING FOR BOYS being strongly critical of children’s having sports heroes. Now, of course, I know what the founder of Scouting meant, and that he was right.

  18. Somewhere, in one of your comments, (i don’t remember which one right now) you used the impolite word for a person born out of wedlock. You were rockin’ and rollin’. 🙂