In light of my last post, certain events have interested me and require (well, at least in my own mind) a comment. The intent is not to persecute but to identify.
Many may be aware of the Ray Rice fiasco that has blown up on the NFL. For those who don’t, let me summarize.
Ray Rice is a big man who plays professional football. He has a significant other (not really sure of their relationship now) whom he claims to care for and wishes to protect. One evening, in a casino, he decided it was his duty to protect her by ‘clocking’ her in an elevator (for those who don’t know the term, ‘clocking’ is a euphemism for striking someone with great force and knocking them out).
The NFL determined said actions were “naughty” and required him to sit out two games.
Our justice system decided that he was sorry so they took no action.
All was well for a time.
Recently a video was released showing Mr. Rice in action with his friend/acquaintance/significant other. He definitely ‘clocked’ her.
It was horrific.
Anyone who saw the video was appalled…
Suddenly the NFL was disturbed by the actions of one-of-its-own and determined to take stronger action.
My first question is this:
Did they really just realize the severity of Mr. Rice’s actions? The fact that they knew she was out cold (so cold that Mr. Rice had to carry her out of the elevator and to their room) should have given them some indication. Video evidence was not really needed to understand what had happened – but until that evidence was “available” the League pretended the action wasn’t all that bad.
Now Mr. Rice is out of a job and may face other charges.
This ISN’T what I meant when I called my last post Men vs. Women.
I was raised in a family where it was verboten to strike a girl or woman at any time. My dad taught me that if a girl/woman felt the need to hit me or use physical force on me, my only options were to cover up or run.
My sons were taught the same.
Of course, we also taught our daughter that she shouldn’t hit boys unless they were being ‘naughty.’
My point for this follow-up is to express disappointment in the actions some take towards women. I am not sexist but I firmly believe it is the responsibility of men to protect women and see that they are cared for in the best manner possible. Rice was a bully and an aggressor against a smaller and less-able person…..who also happened to be a woman.
But Rice is not the only one who has performed badly. The actions of Rice’s employer were nearly as egregious. The ‘penalties’ the NFL imposed initially were perceived by many (including myself) to be inadequate for the seriousness of the offense. I guess the money a man can bring to a team is more important than the moral indignation needed to cry out against abuse.
The thought of striking a woman in anger is revolting to me and makes me ill. The video of the above offense was almost more than I could handle. If this is where our world is heading, we really are in the last-days.
Let me balance my nausea with a report on what else I see in the world around me.
There are three sons and one son-in-law in our family who are gentle and tender with the women they have committed to love for eternity. It is impossible to imagine any of the four ever using physical force to control their beloved. I believe it would break the heart of any one of them to use any form of violence against their spouse. These are good men and have taken to heart the Savior’s words concerning their relationships with women. I am PROUD (yes, I know it is a sin, but I am) of whom they have become and how they are teaching their own sons to treat women and girls.
There are more like my sons out there in the world (btw, I am confident my youngest will continue to be a gentleman as he looks for the right young lady to marry). I like to believe there are more on the good side of this issue than on the other.
Ray Rice may be a wonderful football player, but at this point in his life he is a lousy man!!!
I hope he can change.