Yael T. Abouhalkah

Ray Rice assault video kills his career, enrages fans, embarrasses NFL

New video out Monday shows Janay Rice, left, being hit by Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an elevator last February. They are shown here at a press conference earlier this year, after the incident.
New video out Monday shows Janay Rice, left, being hit by Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an elevator last February. They are shown here at a press conference earlier this year, after the incident. The Associated Press

Just wow: The new video from inside an elevator of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching and knocking out his future wife is shocking.

It also led to what could be a career-ending decision Monday: The Baltimore Ravens terminated his contract.

That was the right call, but it came far too late in this controversy.

Earlier, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell had suspended Rice for only two games in connection with the domestic violence case. That was before the new video came out on Monday.

That graphic video clearly provides even more proof that the NFL must be much tougher in punishing players involved with these kinds of assaults.

The new video will enrage men and especially women, who already were pretty upset that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for only two games for the assault on Janay Rice.

Women make up a huge fan base for the NFL. They spend a lot of money going to games and supporting their hometown teams.

And the latest video — which adds clear details about how Rice assaulted Janay Rice— should embarrass the NFL. It clearly has not taken domestic violence seriously enough in the past, and must do more in the future about the problem.

Rice’s actions were despicable. Everyone kind of thought that when the suspension was announced, but there was no video of what really happened available to the public.

In the aftermath of the Ravens’ action on Monday, Goodell also needs to clear up — and quickly — the reports that he or other NFL officials actually had seen the inside-the-elevator video prior to the two-game suspension handed out to Ray Rice.

Goodell, who recently had to apologize for his two-game suspension order, needs to make it clearer than ever to women and other NFL fans that the league won’t stand for this kind of behavior.

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