Ray Rice Went On ‘Outside the Lines’ To Discuss His Comeback Attempt

Sports and Bets — August 5, 2015 at 4:45 am by

What Ray Rice did to his then-fiancée, now-wife Janay Palmer on that fateful night was utterly abhorrent. There’s no denying that. But there’s also no denying that there are several players that are currently on NFL rosters that have demonstrated similarly deplorable behavior in the past. Just last year, Adrian Peterson beat the hell out of his four-year-old son with a tree branch, and Greg Hardy assaulted and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend. This season, Peterson will be suiting up for the Vikings in Week 1, and Hardy will take the field for the Cowboys in Week 5 after serving a four-game suspension. Hell, Mike Vick went to fucking prison for 21 months for his role in a dog fighting ring from 2007-2009, and he was on the Eagles roster for Week 3 of the 2009 season.

Even our beloved Terrell Suggs has been allegedly involved in two deeply upsetting instances of domestic violence. In 2009, Suggs was accused of striking his girlfriend Candace Williams and pouring bleach over her and their one-year-old son. In 2012, Suggs was accused of hitting and dragging Williams alongside a car that their two children were inside of. Suggs was never suspended by the NFL for either of these incidents.

The main difference between these players and Rice is that Rice’s terrible conduct was caught on video. That’s the sole reason why Rice hasn’t been signed to an NFL team. It’s not about teams worrying that his skills have deteriorated, it’s about teams wanting to avoid the public relations backlash that would come from signing Rice. And I think that fucking sucks. There are a lot of teams out there that could use the services of a 28-year-old three-time Pro Bowler, and it’s a shame that he’s not getting that opportunity because the biggest mistake of his life took place while cameras were rolling. Rice has paid for his actions, and I sincerely hope that an NFL team gives him a second chance.

via ESPN

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