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Reality With Rice

September 18, 2014

The Ray Rice story seems to have captivated the nation. Everyone is jumping on board in an effort to destroy this domestic abuser and crush anyone who says anything other than burn Ray Rice at the stake. Everyone says he should never step on a NFL football field again. I would like to point out to everyone that our professional sports leagues are not justice systems. I would also like to say that I believe domestic violence is a serious issue. Those who know me have seen a bracelet on my wrist that states ‘stop domestic violence.’ I have worn it every day for well over ten years now.

As a country, we should do what we can to stop domestic violence. But, let’s not point our fingers at our professional sports leagues, and let’s not get too carried away with our punishments of Rice. The only difference between Ray Rice and tons of other domestic abusers is that he was caught on video. We read domestic disturbance or read that he hit his girlfriend, and it doesn’t make nearly so big an impact as seeing exactly what it looks like for someone with powerful muscle mass to knock someone out with a punch. We minimize it when we don’t have the video.

The only thing separating Ray Rice from hundreds of offenders in our very own county is a video. Should Rice be punished? Yes. But it should be by our legal system. That’s what it’s there for. People are going nuts criticizing the NFL over whether they saw the tape, whether they knew, whether they elected to only give him two games anyway. If the courts can’t convict someone why are you expecting the NFL to do it? 

Ray Rice

Should the NFL do something extra to Ray Rice? Yes. They should draft a policy that makes sense and they should apply it evenly to all players. The NFL supposedly did just that last month. First-time offenders get suspended six games.

You can throw that policy out the door as Rice got a lifetime ban as a first-time offender. The Rice punishment just shows that the NFL will follow public opinion over consistency. They want the appearance of acting morally, not actually acting morally. It’s not morally correct to craft a punishment specifically for Rice because he’s caught on video while others are still playing despite committing the same crime. 

Again, I am not a Rice defender. But it is not right to punish Rice twice just because you’ve now seen the video showing what you already knew happened. It’s not right to end his career while every other domestic abuser has no punishment at all whatsoever. That’s not right. On a side note, I’m glad awareness is being brought up on the issue of domestic violence. I hope something good comes from that awareness.     

Deja Va All Over Again 

I guess this should not have surprised us. Just hours after Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson apologized for injuring one 4-year-old son, a television station out of Houston reported that he has also been accused of injuring another 4-year-old son. Both incidents involve Peterson allegedly injuring a young child while administering punishment. Peterson, who was indicted in a child injury case in Texas on Friday, has also been reported to Child Protective Services over separate child abuse allegations involving another young son by a different mother, reported KHOU-TV in Houston on Monday.

Citing text messages and photos allegedly sent by Peterson to the boy’s mother, KHOU reported that the child in the second case was left with a scar over his right eye. The incident occurred more than a year ago and law enforcement did not file criminal charges in the initial case. The new revelations did not change the Vikings mind on what to do with Peterson from this point on. The all-pro runningback was reinstated to the team after being deactivated for the team’s most recent game. The team sidelined Peterson following his indictment in a child injury case on Friday.  

Barkley Speaks Out 

I normally enjoy hearing what Charles Barkley has to say. And I agree with the outspoken former NBA star a high majority of the time. But not this time. 

Charles Barkley

Barkley defended embattled Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during a recent interview, saying that “every black parents in the South” hits their kids. He went on to say, “I’m from the South. Whipping is ... we do that all the time,” said Barkley, who was born and raised in Leeds, Alabama, said.  “Every black parent in the South is gonna be in jail under those circumstances.” 

Let me close with this. What I saw in the photos was not a whipping, it was an assault. There is a  major distinction between child rearing and child abuse. Perhaps Sir Charles should take time and review the distinction. I know Peterson needs to.  

Newton Leads Panthers 

Cam Newton returned to the field on Sunday and led the Carolina Panthers to an impressive win over the Detroit Lions. After sitting out the opener due to rib and ankle injuries, Newton’s 2014 debut was quite successful. The fourth-year quarterback shook off some early rust before helping Carolina defeat the Lions, 24-7.

Newton threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and ran for 19 yards on four carries, He helped the Panthers improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2008 and grab sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Though he was sacked five times, Newton completed 22 of 34 passes. Newton shook off a slow start and completed 22 of 34 passes and overcame five sacks. Carolina also received an excellent effort from its defense.

The Panthers had three takeaways, four sacks and held the Lions scoreless in the first half one week after Matthew Stafford and company put up 35 points against the Giants. Mario Addison helped fill the void left by Hardy with 2 ½ sacks, and cornerback Antoine Cason had 10 tackles, two forced fumbles and a recovery. The Panthers were a plus-3 in the turnover battle for the second straight week.





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