Let’s Eradicate Domestic Violence
By Cheval John
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburg Steelers 36-6 last night in Baltimore, Maryland.
One could say that the Ravens organization was “inspired” to play well after dealing with the Ray Rice controversy.
As you well know, Rice was released by the Ravens earlier this week and was suspended by the NFL indefinitely after TMZ released the video of him punching out his fiancee (now wife) Janay (Palmer) Rice.
The focus was on NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell’s ridiculous two-game suspension of Rice and the way how the Ravens handled the situation with Rice.
Though it was important to focus on those matters, the bigger focus should have remained on domestic violence.
I will be honest, TMZ should not have released that video to the public because it was very gruesome to watch (I did not watch it because it was really uncomfortable).
However, I could “understand” why they did it because it seem as if report after report from credible sources like the Associated Press has pointed out that the offices of the NFL had received the video on April 9th.
From what many people have heard about Goodell’s denial of ever seeing the video before TMZ released the footage on Monday, it seems as if Goodell did not wanted to see it.
But I will not focus on that.
Instead we have to acknowledge that domestic violence is a disease that is plaguing America.
Even though Mrs. Rice hates the fact that she has to relive that horrible incident everyday because of the video, it has brought domestic violence to a huge national discussion.
We finally had the chance to learn about domestic violence and how many organizations like the National Organization For Women (NOW) are doing to eradicate domestic violence.
What I hope is that the NFL will take a stand against domestic violence and even go as far as having influential players like J.J. Watt, Drew Brees and others make videos about how they are with the victims of domestic violence.
One can be optimistic that everyone will listen to the words of James Brown and take a stand against domestic violence.