How not to respond to the Ray Rice assault video

On Monday morning, TMZ reignited the awful story of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s horrendous beating of his then-fiancée—by releasing the video of the assault. Many are calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to reverse the league’s weak punishment of a two-game suspension. There have also been calls for Rice’s arrest and for Goodell’s resignation.

However, because this is the Internet, there are also Ray Rice defenders oh-so-bravely making their case for why Rice shouldn’t be punished any further. Some of the arguments are laughable, others profoundly troubling, and still others are almost too unbelievable to be real. In the interest of rational debate, we present these tweets from Ray Rice supporters as an example of how not to respond to documented evidence of physical assault.

She’s as “guilty as he is”

“What women will do for money”

“Maybe she like it”

“She hit him first”

“His chick came at him too”

“She got knocked out when she hit the elevator”

“Second chances are important”

Getting right to the ridiculous point

Hypocrisy! But not really.

Special bonus entry: Fox and Friends, no. Just no.

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The moral of the story is this: Don’t be an idiot. Any form of assault is wrong. Ray Rice isn’t being held to an unfairly high standard. He should be held to a normal human standard. If NFL football players can’t be expected to meet that standard, what does that say about the NFL?

Update: The Ravens ended Rice’s contract Monday afternoon, the team announced on Twitter.

Photo via Keith Allison/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Eric Geller

Eric Geller

Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.