A tale of two Rays: Lewis gets a statue, Rice gets the shaft [Letter]

September 18, 2014

As a 92-year-old great grandmother, I have this to say about the Ray Rice situation:

Ray Lewis gets a statue. Ray Rice gets the shaft. While it is impossible to ignore the detestable action caught on videotape, the outrage and vitriol seem more a product of our vicious social media-driven culture than an honest reaction to a grievous event. These media people put a flock of vultures to shame.

What happened to Ray Rice is more about PR damage control — and money — for the NFL and for the Ravens than about a measured response to an admittedly horrific act. What about redemption? What about second chances? At least give the guy an opportunity to demonstrate whether this was a one-time lapse or part of a pattern of abuse. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Louise J. Hayes

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