You know NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games, due to an altercation with his then-fiance, now wife. We discussed this in our blog post “Ray Rice KO’s Fiancee.” We also correctly noted:
In BSP’s preliminary justice and sentencing methodology, Rice should be headed for prison. But that’s not happening.
As much as some people want to believe Rice is done in Baltimore, he’s not. One, he’s not had a court proceeding. Two, Baltimore is an organization that circles the wagons as far as protecting their players …
…. In my opinion, Ray Rice will skate. The charges will end up either dropped or going away, despite the presence of the video.
In response to the “light” suspension, sports media has displayed its outrage. Fox Sports Radio’s “California Yellers”, as Mike Taylor called them, weighed in with their typical “screaming at the top of our lungs” manner. You see that thing in front of you? It’s called a MICROPHONE, PEOPLE CAN HEAR YOU JUST FINE! Oh yea, FSR says the reason for sports talk is to get the opinion of the people. No its not. It’s to generate ratings and make money! If you can’t do that, you’ll do something besides yelling at a microphone for a living!
Meanwhile, ESPN spouts its Disney politically correct line and virtually every other media outlet bloviates with its “the suspension is too weak.”
Because my father had committed domestic violence and I was a supervisor in the U.S. military, I understand some stuff about domestic violence. Domestic violence is rarely as cut and dried as portrayed in the media. Personally, I think it’s total bullshit that there’s much in the way of provocations resulting in physical violence. A perpetrator can almost always walk away from that stuff. But Ray Rice was in that elevator. And there isn’t much walking away in an elevator. BSP would never defend what Ray Rice did. But we weren’t in that elevator.
California Yellers, ESPN op-ed writers and very few others have any idea what happened in that elevator. Roger Goodell does. I hardly think Goodell’s gone soft or anything like that. I do think Goodell based his punishment on what happened in that elevator, and the sports media posturing is basically nonsense.