The NFL announced that Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely following new developments. This news comes after a new video was released on monday of him striking and then knocking out his wife. Earlier in the day, Rice was also released by Baltimore Ravens because of another video that showed him hitting his former fiance.
Strong reactions appeared from NFL players that used social media and interviews to make their feelings heard. One of the most outspoken was Terrance Knighton from Denver. He declared that Rice should be kicked out of the league. Other players stepped up and said that they back Knighton.
The reason why Rice was cut by the Ravens is that his story of the events did not match what was seen in the video.
Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, handed a 2 game suspension earlier in the year for Rice but he did come under fire because of the mild severity of the served suspension and the way in which the fiancee incident was investigated.
Eventually, Goodell admitted that the Rice matter was not handled correctly. He went on to declared that a new domestic violence policy will be announced before the NFL season begins.
Judy Harris Kluger, former NYC judge and current executive director of Sanctuary For Families, declared:
“The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee in the elevator is a graphic illustration of what goes on behind closed doors every day in this country. In my years as a prosecutor and judge, I never saw such explicit videotape evidence of domestic violence.
Today, by acting quickly and decisively, and in suspending Ray Rice and terminating his contract, the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens sent a powerful message that domestic violence will not be tolerated.”