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The NFL, in its continuing efforts to quell the outrage over its treatment of violent offenses among members of its league, has announced that it has partnered with two organizations — the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
In the past week, according to Roger Goodell, the NFL’s commissioner, the domestic violence hotline has received 80 percent more calls, but it doesn’t have the resources to handle all of those calls. In a memo that was sent to the league’s 32 teams, the NFL’s support will provide for 25 full-time advocates in the next five weeks, giving it the ability to take 750 more calls.
In addition, the memo, which the Los Angeles Times got its hands on, says the teams will participate in education sessions and training programs over the next month. And the league is going to beef up its current programs.
Goodell then held a press conference this afternoon at 3pm ET in which he repeated a good chunk of this information. He added that there are experts that will look at player and employee conduct policies “including his role in the process,” and the league will implement new policies. The goal is to have the committee in place by the Super Bowl. Which seems like a really long time to hire people to sit around and talk about an issue that is happening now and requires some urgency, but OK.
Then it was time for Goodell to take questions from the reporters in the room and that’s when the presser devolved into a rambling, mumbling mess. When asked whether he ever considered stepping down from his job, Goodell said he “never considered resigning,” then said something about all the work he has to to do and all the changes they’re going to make.
When asked why there are no women of color among the domestic violence experts that have been brought on board to consult with the league, he said that wasn’t true, then went on about people of color being on staff and working on the changes.
He repeatedly deflected questions about the independent investigation that’s being conducted about the way the recent incidents were handled.
Then TMZ lowered the boom and asked why Goodell or anyone else didn’t take some initiative to get the surveillance video from the elevator. Goodell stands by the league’s efforts, saying they’re going through law enforcement.
“We found that (video) by one phone call. You guys have a whole legal department,” the TMZ reporter said. Ouch.
The fall out from the press conference is pretty huge and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better for Goodell or the league anytime soon. It was announced today (prior to the presser) that Procter & Gamble’s Crest toothpaste brand has pulled out of plans to partner with the league on its on-field breast cancer awareness promotion planned for next month. It hasn’t pulled anything else, but is watching the situation, it says. The company still plans to donate $100,000 to the American Cancer Society.
And Sen. Cory Booker says the league should have its nonprofit status snatched. Wait… the NFL is a nonprofit? The league brought in $9 billion last year. “This common sense update to our tax laws would save more than $100 million over 10 years — money that can instead be used to pay for vital support programs that have seen their funding slashed in recent years due to sequestration and gridlock,” the Senator said in a statement. A number of other politicians agree with him.
Says The Huffington Post:
According to the organization, the league falls under nonprofit status because its administrative office acts as a trade organization, handling responsibilities like overseeing game rules and employing referees — not contributing to profitable efforts by the league’s 32 teams, which pay taxes on tickets, jersey sales and television rights — ABC News reported.
Goodell’s terrible press conference shows that while he sees the league needs to do something — that people are angry and they want to see the NFL respond — he and the league are completely and totally clueless about both what to do and, in a way, why people are so mad in the first place. There’s this palpable sense that they’re being pushed to action grudgingly by fans and sponsors every step of the way.
Relatives of Ray Rice and his wife Janay Rice recently revealed that the couple plans to take legal action against the NFL for his league suspension. The couple will cite “double jeopardy” for the repercussions placed upon Rice for his domestic violence assault. Earlier this spring, a video surfaced of Rice dragging his then-fiancee, Janay out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. In May, the ex-Baltimore Ravens running back pleaded guilty to third-degree aggravated assault.
Although Rice pleaded guilty, another video surfaced of him punching Janay unconscious in the elevator before dragging her out. Once the second video surfaced, the Ravens terminated him and his $35 million contract. The NFL followed suit and served Rice a lifetime suspension. The second round of much more severe punishment is what Rice could be questioning.
The Daily News reports, Rice’s appeal may spark congressional action. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says of the controversy: “If the NFL doesn’t police themselves, then we will be looking more into it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had hearings.” She also noted the NFL poorly responded to Rice assaulting his wife. Most people would likely agree with her.
Senator Gillibrand stated if NFL’s Commissioner Goodell lied to the public about not seeing the full video coverage, he should step down from his position. Gillibrand was one of the 16 female senators who sent a letter demanding there is a “zero-tolerance policy” for domestic violence occurring in the NFL players personal lives.
The NFL, in its efforts to get a handle on its response to the various abuse scandals and allegations, has created a group to seek out answers, led by Anna Isaacson, a community affairs vice president. And they’ve enlisted the help of three domestic violence experts: Lisa Friel, former head of sex-crimes prosecution for the Manhattan district attorney; and Jane Randel, co-founder of NO MORE, an advocacy group focusing on domestic violence and sexual assault; and Rita Smith, the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
But the Black Women’s Roundtable, an organization comprised of a variety of female leaders, has an issue with the exclusion of Black women from that group.
“[Y]our lack of inclusion of women of color, especially black women who are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault; and the fact that over 66% of the NFL players are made up of African-Americans, is unacceptable,” the group said in a statement.
Rev. Jesse Jackson has also taken issue with the lack of diversity among the group.
“Where is the jury of your peers?” he said.
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida says that two-thirds of the league is African American.
In its response, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy agreed that there is a need for diverse thinking to address the issue, and gave assurances that the effort to better handle this issue is a collaborative one.
“To be successful and make a real difference, the entire NFL will be responsible for the development and implementation of education, training and support programs,” he continued.
It’s clear that the NFL is well behind the times on a variety of issues, and it has finally caught up with them. But on women’s issues in particular this could be a huge setback for the league and for the goals of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Five years ago, he set a goal to grow the league into a $25 billion business by 2025. To do that, it would have to court the millions of women the league says are fans. Now, The New York Times says, the league is struggling to continue a convincing pitch to women.
“I urge them to seize this moment,” said PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, a major NFL sponsor. “How they handle these cases going forward can help shape how we as a nation, as a society and as individuals treat domestic violence and child abuse.”
Update: It looks like anxiety is turning into action.
Sponsors are getting more vocal about their anger over the NFL’s handling of all of the recent controversy. Where there are many who have gone the traditional route, saying they’re monitoring the situation (GM and FedEx were among those) there are others who are making stronger statements. They haven’t entirely pulled their dollars, but their words are stronger than many we would normally hear.
“We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league,” said Anheuser-Busch in a statement. Their deal with the NFL is worth $50 million.
McDonald’s has released a similar statement, as did Visa and Campbell’s Soup. Numbers quoted by the Associated Press show that the NFL reaches 17.4 million people during an average regular season football game, making their reach incredibly valuable for a brand.
Nike, which can claim to have a tremendous reach and influence as well, has suspended its contract with Adrian Peterson entirely.
BREAKING: Nike has suspended its endorsement contract with Adrian Peterson pic.twitter.com/Oq87qNxLYb
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 17, 2014
The Vikings announced today that Peterson has been suspended indefinitely.
Original story posted September 16, 2014
Sponsors are starting to feel the heat over their financial support of the NFL in light of the domestic violence situation involving Ray Rice and child abuse charges against Adrian Peterson. Already, we have one brand, hotel chain Radisson, suspending its deal with the Minnesota Vikings after the team decided to reinstate Peterson for this weekend’s game. During the press conference announcing that he would be welcomed back on the field, the Radisson logo figured prominently on signage behind the team’s general manager and coach. By last night, Radisson, which is a part of Carlson Hotel Group, had issued a statement saying:
Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children. We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances.
In addition to those charges for beating his four-year-old, Peterson was previously accused in an incident in which his child needed his head bandaged after getting a “whoopin” while strapped in a car seat. Peterson said in a statement yesterday that he never meant to harm his son. (Although, anyone with enough sense to come in out of the rain knows that’s what’s going to happen when a large football player armed with tree branches and belts hits a small child. But we digress.) Then we have the issue that CoverGirl is facing over its sponsorship of the NFL in general, given the ongoing situation with Ray Rice. The NFL has been very openly trying to reach female fans, which is no doubt where the make up company comes in. But with the league’s seeming inability to deal with domestic violence, there are some who are calling for CoverGirl to pull its sponsorship. That’s why the photo below started showing up on Twitter the other day.
CoverGirl issued a statement on its Facebook page last night saying:
As a brand that has always supported women and stood for female empowerment, COVERGIRL believes domestic violence is completely unacceptable. We developed our NFL program to celebrate the more than 80 million female football fans. In light of recent events, we have encouraged the NFL to take swift action on their path forward to address the issue of domestic violence.
Most commenters are telling the company to put their money where their mouth is. Others are wondering whether some of the brand’s spokespeople, which includes Ellen Degeneres, Queen Latifah and Janelle Monae, will be moved to discontinue their association with the company or, at the very least, come out with a statement of some sort. At this point, the company has not pulled its dollars.
I think we can all agree, the NFL has had a series of struggle weeks. Their public image has really taken a hit. Every day there seems to be another headline about a player’s issue with domestic violence, whether it be against a woman or a child.
Late last week, we learned Minnesota Viking, Adrian Peterson, was arrested and indicted for beating his four-year-old son with a switch, leaving welts and marks all along his legs, buttocks and even scrotum.
Initially, Peterson was deactivated from the Vikings game.
But today, the NFL decided that they would wait until the legal process runs its course before making a final decision. And in the meantime they’ve allowed Peterson to play. If he is eventually convicted, he’ll have to serve a minimum six game suspension.
Peterson released this statement today about his thoughts on discipline and child abuse.
“My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.
I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.
I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.
I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.
I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.
I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.
I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.”
Reactions to this story were more split than the Ray Rice news. Several members of the Black community could relate to being hit and beaten with all types of objects, including switches. The issue turned into a question of when discipline crosses the line into child abuse.
I believe in discipline. But I’m of the mindset that no four-year-old needs this type beating. A spanking? Maybe. But a welt-inducing, blood flooding beating for behavior that is quite normal for four-year-olds? No. How did he not notice that his son was bleeding? Or did he think bleeding was just a part of the punishment? Even if he didn’t mean to harm his child in this way, he took it entirely too far. But perhaps my opinion is invalidated by the fact that I was spanked but never beaten. So I can’t speak to the “benefits” of being whupped.
Yesterday, ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer, Cris Carter passionately spoke about his own upbringing and how, with new information, he’s learned to make better choices when it comes to parenting his own children.
“My mom did the best job she could do raising seven kids by herself, but there are thousands of things that I have learned since then that my mom was wrong,.It’s the 21st century – my mom was wrong. She did the best she could but she was wrong about some of that stuff she taught me and I promised my kids I won’t teach that mess to them…Thousands of things we have learned since then.”
Carter continued, commending the Vikings, his former team for taking Peterson off the field in light of his issues with his son.
“We’re in a climate right now, I don’t care what it is, take him off the dang on field. Because you know what as a man that’s the only thing we really respect. We don’t respect no women. We don’t respect no kids. The only thing Roger and them do, take him off the field because they respect that.”
You can watch Cris Carter’s emotional speech in the video below.
What do you think of the Adrian Peterson case? Do you think he took things too far? Were you disciplined like this as a child? Do you still believe in this method?
Support is growing for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to take over as NFL commissioner following criticism of how the league dropped the ball on former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice.
The Ravens swiftly canceled Rice’s five-year contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely on Tuesday, one day after video surfaced on TMZ.com showing the running back knocking out his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., elevator.
Before the video was made public, Rice had been suspended by the league for two games. The current NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, later called the original punishment a mistake, writing in a letter last month to owners, “I didn’t get it right.”
The NFL said it had only seen the new video on Monday.
Now, some are saying Rice — who expressed an interest in the NFL job before — should replace Goodell. A Tuesday editorial in The Washington Post wrote that the NFL is “an institution in dire need” of Rice’s help, with a blaring headline: “Condi Rice: The one person who could save the NFL.” It says in part:
And in talking about why she coveted the gridiron gig, the foreign policy expert who served two presidents and was provost of Stanford University said, “I think it would be a very interesting job because I actually think football, with all due respect to baseball, is a kind of national pastime that brings people together across social lines, across racial lines. And I think it’s an important American institution.”
It’s an institution in dire need of her help.
In that sense, Rice could do a lot to bring together a more diverse audience for the sport — not just along racial lines, but gender lines. She’s a controversial figure for her work during the George W. Bush administration, but an African-American woman at the head of the sport would send a strong message.
Social media has also been buzzing with calls for Goodell, the son of the late Sen. Charles Goodell (R-N.Y.), to step down. And banners flying over games called for his ouster. Your thoughts?
Additional contribution by Tonya Garcia
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is in hot water this morning. The NFL star has been indicted in Montgomery County, Texas for child abuse! The incident surrounding the charges, involve his 4-year-old son and an old fashion switch!
Back in May 2014, Adrian Peterson allegedly beat his 4-year-old son with a switch (small twigs of a tree branch) after misbehaving. The beating left multiple bruises on his son’s back, legs, scrotum and ankles. In a text from Peterson to the child’s mother, he stated, “felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting his thigh” and “Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!”
After returning home and visiting the doctor, the bruises and marks were noticed on the boy’s body. The doctor immediately alerted the authorities and Peterson was indicted Friday morning in Montgomery, Texas for child abuse.
In an interview with cops Peterson stated,
“I have nothing to hide, but I also understand when a child has marks like that on his leg, they have to report that.”
He also was unsure how many times he swatted his son with the switch. He did not keep count. However Peterson stated, he did feel bad for bruising the child but he would not take back his actions. He says,
“To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent.”
However, things don’t look well for Peterson. According to his 4-year-old son, Peterson “has a whooping room” and “there are a lot of Belts in Daddy’s closet.”
As of this morning, Peterson turned himself in and was released shortly after posting bail. The Vikings also have benched him
Do you believe Peterson was simply punishing his child? Or do you believe child abuse was actually involved? Adrian previously lost his 2-year-old son to child abuse by another man.
When it rains it pours. Not only was Ray Rice fired from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL, all of his endorsement deals are crumbling around him.
First, the Baltimore Ravens organization tweeted that if fans, who’d purchased his jersey, would like to exchange it, they can do so.
The Baltimore Ravens will offer an exchange for Ray Rice jerseys at stadium stores. Details to come.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 9, 2014
His jersey has also been pulled off the shelves at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Modells and is no longer available on the NFL’s official website.
Then, Nike confirmed to ESPN that they’ve severed their endorsement deal with Rice just today. Before he was terminated, Nike used Rice this past January to unveil its cold weather gear. Nike, who is the official apparel provider for the league, rarely severs its contracts with athletes. Only Lance Armstrong, Justin Gaitlin and Michael Vick have ever had their contracts revoked before.
The company has also suspended their contract with South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius because of the pending case in the death of his girlfriend, whom he shot and killed.
Earlier today, Fox News reported that Rice will be removed from the popular “Madden NFL 15″ game. Rice already appears on the game which was released on August 26 but he will be edited out in a Week 1 update and will not appear on the Ravens team or as a free agent.
It was later confirmed by USA Today.
Unfortunately, a person’s pockets and even reputation has to be negatively affected before they realize the severity of their actions and make an effort to seek help to address the dysfunction. Here’s hoping that this is the wake up call to Ray Rice and other men who abuse women.
I didn’t need to see the video of Ray Rice knocking out his wife in an elevator to know that he was dead-ass wrong. Period.
But I watched it anyway and I shared it on my page for others to watch it because, unfortunately, we live in a world where violence against women is so commonplace and too often encouraged. And without the visual proof of it, many of us don’t know it is wrong too.
And now after watching this video, I’m even more incensed.
I’m incensed at Ray for spitting in her face, swinging on her twice and dragging her damn near lifeless body out of the elevator with little regard. What he did was wrong and inexcusable. And we should always remember that. He seems to recognize that – or at least his public statements makes assurances that he has since learned to keep his hands to himself. Hopefully, he is willing to get some serious help for his issues with women. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t.
The reality is that there is no incentive for him to really change other than a sheer and intentional desire to do so.
I mean it’s not like the Ravens organization and the entire NFL was willing to hold him accountable (at least prior to the release of the video evidence). Not after that pitiful two game suspension as well as sponsoring this flat-out ridiculous press conference, in which Ray was not only forced to apologize to everybody for his actions, but also his wife. The Ravens organizations made sure we all saw her complacency in her beat down, when during the press conference it tweeted out:
“Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.”
Oh, and don’t forget the Ravens organization’s original flimsy plausible-culpability response to the release of the elevator beating that they hadn’t seen it. Of course, they also admitted that they had heard Ray’s side of it and it pretty much was aligned with what we saw on the video, so therefore what is the Raven’s excuse again for failing to take adequate action prior to release of the tape? There really isn’t any other than the age old adage of: money over hoes. Thankfully, there is the video or else they might been able to get away with completely sweeping this under the rug.
And it’s not like sports commentators, pundits, fans and other grown men, who should know got-damn better like Stephen A Smith will hold him accountable either. Remember, it was Smith who told us that women shouldn’t put themselves in positions to be beat on. However, what we see in that video was not self-defense. Nor did it look like he exercised the least bit of restraint. Nope, what we saw on that video was a nearly 212-pound professional athlete, following a woman half his weight into an elevator with the intentions of assaulting her. So if her “position” is breathing next to a man, then I’m not really certain what these men expect women to do?
Hell, the general public is not even going to hold him accountable. That’s the sense I get around water coolers, comment sections and social media networks alike, where common folks of both sides of the gender believe that Janay brought it on herself for allegedly being drunk and physically provoking an unavoidable confrontation. Now we (and by “we” I mean “you all”) see the tape and learned that the exact opposite happened, folks have still found a way to hold her culpable. I mean how can she not be guilty, she married and is still with him, right?
It took my mother a long time to leave. Even when she had gotten to the point of self-love and realizing that my abusive and drug-addicted stepfather was not going to change, there was still preparation to be done before she was in a position to actually feel like she could do so. The preparation like the answering questions: who was going to let our family of three plus a cat stay with them in the temporary and where might we stay in the permanent? How would she pay bills for two children on her own? And how could she make this transition as safe as possible so that there was little harm to her and to her children?
I remember Mom sitting my brother, who was 8 years old, and I, who was around 12 years old at the time, down at the kitchen table and telling us only a portion of the escape plan: as soon as he left for work, we would take what we could fit into her small hatchback and disappear into the night. What day and time this was supposed to happen was classified information as she said she could risk us (mainly little brother who was attached to my stepdad) accidentally spilling the beans. When it did come, it was a summer evening one month solid after the conversation. As we pulled away from the place I had called home for the final time, I remember sitting in the front seat of my mother’s car, pissed, because this was the last time I would see my friends and many of my personal items, which couldn’t fit into the car. We would spend the next year or so, living in the two bedroom apartment with my grandmother and uncle and before our great aunt let Mom rent a small and badly worn down house. We were safe from harm and my stepdad’s other destructive ways but financially and emotionally, it was a struggle – and I’m putting that lightly.
I share that story in confidence as my family’s experience is very reflective of national statistics, which tells us that on average, it takes victims of domestic seven times to leave her abuser. And as the website for the National Domestic Violence Hotline points out, those reasons vary: from financial to actual fear of harm to themselves and their children, community and family pressure to “work things out,” religious observations, physical and mental disabilities (because the rate of domestic violence among those two populations is very high), and of course financial – as men who abuse physically, also tend to abuse in other ways, including controlling household finances and even a woman’s ability to maintain employment.
No, my victim blaming pains in the butt, leaving an abuser is never easy. And as a matter of statistics, 75 percent of women who are killed in domestic relationship are killed while actually escape. To the contrary, it takes lots of nerve, courage and financial freedom for women to claim their independence. And that’s what we should be offering Janay (and other women like her) instead of our condemnation. Of course, that’s not what is happening.
And ultimately what this video has once again shown is exactly how dangerous it is to be a woman, as well as to raise girl children in this society. We lady folks live in a world where people will stand aside and watch you get fucked up and people will come to the defense of the abuser. A world that values the final score of a game more than the safety and justice for their fellow human being. A world where folks would rather believe that it is greed and financial gain as opposed to financial vulnerability, which might motivate Janay to stay.
Worse, we live in a world, which treats women, who point out and push back against this absurdity of this dangerous woman-hating thinking, as crazy or the actual problem. I’m talking about the whole “that’s the way men are, women should know better…” camp. As we know, worse than being an accuser is being the person, who actually points out the abuse and says it is wrong. Well now, you are just being a divisive feminist.
That’s because we live in a world, which teaches us to protect men at all cost, even if it’s at the expense of our own bodies. And considering this is the kind of world in which we have created for women to navigate through and around, it is easy to see why men like Ray would feel less compelled to change and women like Janay less confident to leave – at least on their own. Thank God for video cameras and TMZ though. There is just no denying that.
Update 10:19 AM: League reps say that they did not see footage of Ray punching Janay until today, TMZ Sports reports.
“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today,” said a NFL spokesperson.
Back in February, we told you about Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who was arrested after he was discovered by a hotel employee dragging his unconscious fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. The discovery came after the troubled couple had a fight, which resulted in Ray knocking Janay out cold. Both parties were arrested. Just days after the incident, footage of Ray dragging an unresponsive Janay out of the elevator leaked to the Internet, leaving many of us shuddering at the thought of what had actually occurred inside of the elevator.
The casino where the incident occurred recently shut down and unsurprisingly, footage of the actual elevator assault was sent to TMZ Sports. The video opens with Ray and Janay exchanging words in the hotel lobby and then getting into the elevator together. Once inside, the two exchange words. Then, Ray delivers two punches to Janay’s face, with the second one causing her to fall and hit her head on the way down. The video also captured Ray dragging Janay once the elevator cars stops on their floor. The entire thing is extremely disturbing.
One hotel employee who says he was working the night of the altercation revealed that NFL officials actually saw the elevator footage before they imposed the extremely light 2-game suspension on Ray. So far, the league has not offered comment on the leaked footage, but some are already pressuring them to ban the 27-year-old from the NFL for life. As you may recall, Ray and Janay married shortly after the incident. He was also able to avoid serving time behind bars after being accepted into a pretrial intervention program.
Footage of the attack can be found on the next page.