After he brutalized his fiance (now wife) in an elevator, Ravens running back Ray Rice earned just a two-day suspension while the Arizona Cardinals’ Daryl Wilson and Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns were sidelined for the entire 2014 season, because they tested positive for marijuana.
ESPN host Stephen A. Smith explained to the audience that women have a responsibility in preventing domestic violence — by not making their men mad enough to beat them, a view apparently shared by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
While the public only had access to the clip showing Rice dragging the freshly unconscious Janay Palmer from an elevator at an Atlantic City casino, Goodell had access to the full clip showing the knockout punch delivered by Rice when he decided the paltry two-day suspension was sufficient punishment for the player’s crime.
TMZ released the full video, which shows Rice striking Palmer first. When she retaliates, he delivers a crushing left hook and she crumples to the ground. When the elevator door opens, the football star drags her out into the hotel. The two were married one month after the brutal attack.
Both Rice and Palmer were charged with simple assault in the Feb 15 incident. In March, Rice’s charges were bumped to third-degree aggravated assault, a felony. Charges against Palmer were dropped altogether. Rice entered a diversionary program that would allow him to avoid trial.
Once he completes the one-year “get out of jail free card,” his assault charge will be dismissed, allowing him to pretend that it never happened — just like the NFL.
Watch this horrifying abuse, below, via TMZ: