Up until last week, Ray Rice had a pretty good reputation across the NFL. But when video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator surfaced, that all changed. Now, Rice has been put in the ‘scumbags of the NFL’ category by many fans. It looks very bad for the RB at the moment, but in fairness, all evidence in the assault case has yet to become public. There could be more to the story than meets the eye, but I doubt it.
Many like myself feel it’s only a matter of time before the proverbial hammer comes down on Rice. As for who will be swinging that hammer, it could be the Baltimore Ravens or the NFL. Rumors are spreading across the internet in regards to the RB’s future, with most of them all centering on one thing — a suspension being handed down.
If the Ravens don’t step in and punish Rice, the NFL will. Sure, all the details aren’t yet known in the case and nothing will happen until all the facts are out, but there is apparently video evidence of Rice striking his fiancee in the face. I don’t care if she hit him first or what the circumstance were, there’s just no place for that type of behavior in the NFL or life in general. A man should never hit a woman.
As for the length of suspension heading Rice’s way, that’s anyone’s guess at this point. But if he is found to be guilty of assaulting his fiancee, I don’t see how less than a four-game ban could be handed down. If players get banned four games for violating the PED policy, then they should get at least the same amount for assaulting a woman. If you really put those offenses side-by-side, it seems silly that they would result in the same punishment. So given that, if Rice is guilty, I would have no problem with an eight-game ban.
Rice needs to pay a hefty price for his actions. We’ll know more here shortly about what exactly transpired at the night club, but based on what we’ve seen so far, it doesn’t look good for the RB. From my view point, that’s the way it should be.