I haven't had any real need to express myself until today and I'm sure that what I have to say will not curry favor. But, this is my blog; my circus.
Some of you may enjoy football. For those of you who don't follow it, this blog may mean nothing. On the other hand, one would have to be a hanging salami to not have heard anything about our beloved Ravens' player, Ray Rice, and the trouble he is in because of his battering his wife, Janay, in an Atlantic City casino elevator. After this was made known, Rice was fined and suspended from two games; this by the NFL. The outcry over the laxity of the punishment was immediate as was pressure to NFL Commissioner Robert Goodal to do more.
Ray Rice was a favorite player of mine and a hero to many. To say that I was chagrined by the attack is a gross understatement. His attack on Janay was brutal as the allegedly 'recently' released tape shows. The Ravens' decision to release him from his contract quickly followed. So did the NFL's banning him from football for life.
Did Rice deserve some kind of punishment? Absolutely. Is the one he got just? I'm really not sure that banning him from football for life is.
Now before some of you light torches and march on my home, remember I am not denying how serious battering another person is. But I get the distinct feeling that Rice is suffering the results of all the actions sadly NOT taken by the NFL on past egregious actions of its players. I also believe that we all deserve a second chance. To take away this man's livelihood forever seems wrong. Rice and his wife are in counseling. They need to work out their problems without the help of the public. (And yes, I realize that they were the ones who took their problems out in public.) He is already a pariah. On Friday and Saturday of next week, fans will line up At M & T Stadium to return their Ray Rice jerseys. This has to be horribly painful for his family.
Also, football is a brutal sport. Players have ingrained in them the knee-jerk, vicious re-actions that are appropriate only in war and on the football field. Once a part of a man's fabric, this becomes second nature and hard to turn off. Again, I am not excusing Ray Rice. There are consequences for every action we take -- a hard-to-learn lesson for all of us. I am not sure, however, that these consequences for his actions are totally appropriate.
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.