Ray Rice is a football player.
A few weeks ago, video came out of him dragging his unconscious wife from an elevator, presumably after beating the brakes off of her.
The NFL suspended Rice for two games. A guy from ESPN who said women shouldn't provoke men to beat them up may have received a stiffer punishment, essentially suggesting to women that they should provoke men to beat them up.
Now TMZ has obtained Solange Knowles-style footage of the actual altercation in the elevator, the events preceding Rice dragging his then-fiancee across the floor and into the lobby like Bernie from Weekend at Bernies.
Truth be told, this is not the worst thing in the world for Rice. You never want video of yourself beating your wife getting out, and really, you shouldn't beat your wife in the first place (I'm against it), but arguably, this is more of a tragic accident.
If all you saw was the video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee's lifeless body from an elevator, you might think he pulled a War Machine on her. But it looks like what happened was, he gave her a "love tap" across the chin," that caused her head to hit a rail, and that's what knocked her unconscious.
Given the frequency of release of these elevator fight videos lately, hotels might want to consider putting some padding on the rails, in case there's an incident. Ray Rice might even have a lawsuit on his hand. She could have just as easily slipped on a banana peel and been knocked unconscious.
Also, I question the legality of the hotel selling this video to TMZ. No one who doesn't actually need some place to stay on vacation goes to a hotel to do anything on the up and up. Hotels are places to do drugs, fuck people you don't have any business fucking and hide out from law enforcement. It's the last place in the world I want to be videotaped.
The NFL says they hadn't seen the video of the actual fight before they suspended Rice for two games. But according to some young guy who worked for the hotel, which has since gone out of business (rightfully so, I'd argue), the NFL did in fact see the video before deciding on the suspension.
Here's a question: If the NFL saw the fight video before it suspended Ray Rice, but weeks before TMZ got their hands on it, how come they didn't just cop the video from the hotel and lock it in a vault with all the other damning evidence against the NFL, the brain scans of these guys who keep shooting themselves, in the head, etc.?
They probably figured, worst case scenario, if the video gets out, or the wife turns up dead or some shit, they can throw Ray Rice under a bus. I'm not sure how long Rice has been in the league, nor had I heard of him until this, but these guys are only good for a few years anyway. They're like race horses, except you're not allowed to shoot them.
Ray Rice and the girl he beat up got married about a month after the attack. Was there an element of coercion to that? Obviously it was in the best interest of everyone involved -- except for the girl herself, who should have broken into a full sprint the moment this nigga so much as looked at her funny, money be damned.
It's not like he could have given her some money to go through with it, since technically that's her money now too. But she was in the position where, if she walked away, she probably wouldn't have been able to get shit. Maybe she could have had him arrested and effectively ended his career.
Is it so inconceivable that she realized that what happened to her was a tragic accident, that he never, ever would have purposely hit her in a way that would have caused her to go unconscious and potentially die? Not that he should have hit her in the first place, but these things happen in relationships. No girl wants to be in a relationship with a guy like me, who's just gonna say horrible things to you and strategically withhold that oh, so precious attention.
That kind of violence comes from actually caring.
The ideal solution, in a society that's more concerned with people's well-being than moral grandstanding and putting people's business on Front Street for $$$, would be to work with the two of them to find ways to resolve conflicts that don't involve pulling a Solange in an elevator, and not fucking up this guy's football career, which would only have the effect of ruining their lives financially.