But what I am finding hard to believe is the fact that any man has the gall to defend this "man". Without the footage in its entirety it was easy to speculate, and one could almost sense a collective sigh of relief when it was reported that the only footage that existed showed Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator. The alleged absence of any other footage made it easy for speculation to take root, and for the imagination to run wild. Narratives, and theories predicated by rebuke for rushing to judgement became a popular refrain amongst Rices defenders. The sad thing is, now that we know exactly what happened, many still choose to defend him, siting the fact that he married her after knocking her out, and has been with her since high school is proof that they really care for each other. The truth is, all that proves is two things. He married her to shut her up, and he has probably been knocking her out since they were teenagers. Am I the only one who noticed the lack of concern shown by dragging her lifeless body out of the elevator and dropping her flat on her face? It looked as if it was business as usual for him, and not a one time fit of rage.
As far as I am concerned, there are 3 guilty parties involved in this matter. Ray Rice, the violent perpetrator, his wife Janay Palmer Rice he refused to press charges, choosing to marry her abuser instead, and then apologized on Instagram for her role, and last but not least Roger Goodell. A police source has confirmed that Goodell did in fact see the entire video even though he denied having any prior knowledge. If this is true Goodell should be fired. His denial amounts to little more than aiding and a bedding. Goodell should be fired for putting Ray Rice and the NFL above a woman's by lying about having no prior knowledge of what was in this video.