I saw no remorse, shame or fear in that elevator. I saw a man knock out a woman, close the elevator door when it opened, apparently so no one could see and then, almost begrudgingly, begin to move her like a sack of laundry out of the elevator. Maybe not even as gently as he would have moved a sack of laundry.
The video is appalling, galling and disgusting. This man is worth millions of dollars. This man was a star in his profession. This man was idolized. This man is a phony, woman-beating creep. And, finally, the powers-that-think-they-be in the NFL are doing something about it. Finally.
It is hard to believe no one in the NFL hierarchy saw this video before yesterday, as they are claiming. And if they didn't see it, I assume that means they didn't ask for it. My guess is if they had asked for it, it would have been delivered. The NFL works with Homeland Security, law enforcement at all levels and employs a professional security agency. Yet they couldn’t get the tape? Maybe they should put TMZ on the payroll because they sure got the tape.
The NFL commissioner is as full of it as the management of the Baltimore Ravens, who had the audacity to put Ray’s wife next to him at a press conference to ‘fess up to her “role” in the incident. Her role was to be a punching bag, I guess, because nothing she did should have provoked that kind of action by Rice. There are reports that she spit at him and slapped him before he cold-cocked her. Oooo, Ray, did it hurt??
There have been a lot of thugs in professional sports. Players have brought guns into the locker room. Players have used drugs to improve their performance or just for fun. Other players have been charged with spousal abuse. It’s not a majority of the players, of course, but for a professional male athlete to punch a woman in the face, like Rice did, just remove the word professional from his descriptor and please insert criminal. And creep.