What they're saying about Ray Rice's release from Ravens

September 08, 2014|By Jon Meoli | The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens released running back Ray Rice Monday afternoon, hours after video surfaced of him assaulting his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

Here's a sampling of what some national media outlets they're saying about the Ravens' release of Rice:


** Former Sun editor Chris Korman wrote that the Ravens aren’t deserving of praise for realizing what so many already knew about the incident:

"The fact that the Ravens needed this video — this harrowing, brutal, savage, incalculably sad video — to bother understanding the seriousness of an incident is an indictment of an organization that has, for so many years, thrived by cultivating the idea that it is a perpetually persecuted underdog. In its eagerness to fight the pervading media narrative — largely that women should never, ever get knocked out by men — it failed to thoroughly investigate the issue it so fervently tried to mitigate."


** Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel wrote before the release that the situation was a full-scale disaster:

“And now the scandal the NFL for some reason wanted to just go away quietly is a full disaster as the Rice video runs in a horrible, yet important, loop on television and the Internet.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has long been motivated to “protect the shield” and has brought the hammer down on all sorts of player misbehavior during this tenure. Well, by somehow skipping this one, he’s done more damage to the league’s reputation than 1,000 DUIs.”


** Another Sun alum, David Steele of The Sporting News, wrote about Goodell’s failure on the case:

"Not that the commissioner of the NFL, the sole arbiter, unilateral judge and jury of player personal conduct, was supposed to have thrown Ray Rice out of the league. He did suspended him indefinitely on Monday. Realistically, the Ravens always had the power to act as strongly as they could within the league rules, based on everything they knew. They pulled out all the stops to defend Rice's reputation and honor after his February arrest on domestic violence charges."


** On GQ.com, Drew Magary said the team and league’s reaction is typical to that of the league, which tries to keep the focus only on the field.

You can watch that clip and wonder how the NFL could possibly have gotten it all so wrong, and the reason why is because this is a culture that willfully ignores anything that is not football-related. [Things] like this goes right into the distraction bin and is dealt with, rather than thought about carefully. The NFL does not like being forced to think or act upon non-football related matters. Everything gets eaten up and processed and [put] back out in footballese.”


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