Yesterday the Ray Rice case took yet another dramatic turn as TMZ obtained previously unseen video footage from inside the elevator where the incident took place. The images are disturbing to say the least: Rice strikes his wife in the face, she then falls hitting her head on the side of the elevator rendering her unconscious. Rice makes no effort to help her until the doors open fearing someone will see the aftermath of what he had just done.
Rice was given only a two game suspension by the NFL and community service by the District Attorney's office. The NFL has claimed that they had not seen the tape before issuing its ruling. Once the video was released however the Ravens cut Rice from their roster and he was suspended indefinitely from the NFL. His likeness has been removed from all Ravens products, websites, social media, and advertising. Nike has voided Rice's endorsement contract. Rice's college, Rutgers University, has likewise removed all Rice related memorabilia from their campus, and the popular Madden 2015 football game has removed Rice from all un-shipped games.
Many claim that the NFL is now just trying to save face... that these moves should have been done before the tape was released... that this is just too little too late.
NFL players have taken to social media to blast Rice claiming that he has no place in the game. Many commented that domestic violence is much bigger than Rice or the NFL, that domestic violence is a scourge on our society and has no place in the modern civilized world.
For more information on receiving help for victims of domestic violence please visit That National Domestic Violence Hotline Website.