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Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice Apologizes: “My actions were inexcusable”

Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back suspended by the NFL for two games after video showed him dragging his unconscious then-fiancée from an elevator, told reporters Thursday his actions were “inexcusable.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week the running back would be suspended without pay for the first two games of the regular…

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Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back suspended by the NFL for two games after video showed him dragging his unconscious then-fiancée from an elevator, told reporters Thursday his actions were “inexcusable.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week the running back would be suspended without pay for the first two games of the regular season.

He also was fined an additional game check for “conduct detrimental to the NFL,” according to a league news release. The total amount Rice loses in pay reportedly amounts to $529,411.

Rice was indicted on third-degree aggravated assault on his then-fiancee on March 27, 2014, and married his then-fiancee on March 28, 2014. It has been reported that Rice resolved the charges stemming from the incident, and entered a pretrial intervention program in May, the NFL said. Under the program, he won’t be prosecuted, and the charges will be expunged after a year, the league said.

The punishments, both from the NFL and criminal justice system, is widely decried as too light, and it quickly spiraled into debates over domestic violence and victim blaming.

Jane McManus, an espnW.com columnist, asked what message the suspension sent to the women who make up 45% of the NFL’s audience. She said that an NFL official assured her the league doesn’t tolerate domestic violence, “but today I think we’re seeing a little bit of a different message — and one that might be a lot louder.”

Fellow ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith was suspended by the network for a week after advising women not to behave in a way that might “provoke wrong actions” — an assertion colleague Michelle Beadle publicly lambasted, tweeting, “I’m now aware that I can provoke my own beating.” Smith has since apologized to Beadle and said he will strive to be more articulate in the future.

Meanwhile, CNN anchor Carol Costello took to a soap box to ask point-blank: “What was the NFL thinking?” She questioned Coach John Harbaugh’s decision to call Rice a “heck of a guy” and the Ravens’ decision to tweet: “Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.”

Costello also invoked many observers’ dismay over the suspension of Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who was suspended for a year after testing positive for marijuana. However, Gordon’s suspension for a second positive drug test is dictated by the league’s 2011 collective bargaining agreement, where Goodell is judge and jury when it comes to suspensions and fines for off-the-field conduct.

Speaking at Thursday’s news conference, Rice said he let down his family, teammates and the city of Baltimore. He said he knows his 2-year-old daughter might read about this on Google one day. 

“I let so many people down because of 30 seconds in my life that you know I know I can’t take back.”

 Rice apologized to his wife and called her an “angel” who could do “no wrong.”

“We’re in counseling. We’re taking the necessary steps to move forward,” he said. “My job is to lead my family, my job is to lead my wife, my job is to lead in whatever I do. And If I’m not being the example, then my family crumbles. 

He said violence — “especially man or woman”– is wrong and shouldn’t be “tolerated.” He said he and his wife will speak out about domestic violence.

“When the time is right we will go out there and help as many people as we can,” he said.

Honestly is this a genuine statement or one given because the incident was released to the public.  It puzzles me that he uttered the words “when the time right”. My question is when will the time be right to take a stand against domestic violence. The answer is Now…. not later 

Let’s get this straight: Domestic violence is assault. It is a criminal act. And to make light of the act itself, does a disservice to the overall issue at hand – as well as to the victims of the abuse. 

What Ray Rice has said about his wife after the fact, to the media or to Roger Goodell, doesn’t change what happened in that elevator. What Janay Rice has said about her husband after the fact, and as well to the media or to Roger Goodell, doesn’t change what happened in that elevator. The events of that evening don’t get re-written as a result of their rehabilitation, their marriage counseling or any efforts they might make to speak out on behalf of domestic violence victims.  

The system is broken no matter which way you look at it. If that was the typical man or woman dragging their unconscious girlfriend/boyfriend from an elevator after an alleged assault, would it have been taken in the same degree as this incident.  

There should be no double standard when it comes to a growing issue such as domestic violence. Because as he stated, it is “inexcusable.”

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Black Teenager Attacked by Corrections Deputy in Florida, Investigation Underway

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A Florida corrections deputy has been placed on leave after going on the attack against a 17-year-old at a juvenile center … and it’s all on video.

The teenager, Terrance Devon Reed III, was taken to the hospital after the violent altercation with Sarasota County Deputy Neil Pizzo last week. The surveillance footage shows Reed sitting on a bench with his arms tucked in his shirt when Pizzo marches toward him.

As Reed stands up and takes his arms out, the deputy immediately goes for his throat. A struggle ensues before Pizzo throws Reed to the ground, but at no point does the teenager appear to fight back.

Another deputy jumps in to try to wrangle Reed’s feet, and that’s when Pizzo strikes the teen on the back of the head multiple times. Reed’s then cuffed and helped to his feet … but not before suffering abrasions to his head.

The altercation reportedly began after Reed — who was previously arrested and charged with contempt of court, probation violations and cocaine possession — became uncooperative in a police lineup.

That, of course, doesn’t justify the violence by the deputy, and Sheriff Tom Knight says he’s disappointed in what he saw and Pizzo’s failure to de-escalate the situation.

Knight says he placed the deputy on administrative duty while an internal investigation is conducted.

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Tamar Braxton Boyfriend Files A Restraining Order Indicating Domestic

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Tamar Braxton boyfriend is running to court asking for protection against her in what he describes as a domestic violence situation.

The singer’s BF, David Adefeso, filed for a restraining order Tuesday in L.A. seeking to prevent Domestic Violence and he’s asking a judge to grant him one against Tamar. For now, it’s unclear what he’s alleging she might’ve done.

It doesn’t look like the court has approved his request just yet  

At any rate, it’s another sign that things have been volatile lately in her life — especially as it pertains to David. Remember, he’s the one who called 911 not too long ago saying Tamar was threatening to kill herself. He also mentioned her WeTV beef to cops at the time.

Also keep in mind … family sources connected to Tamar have told us they believe she’s changed since getting with him — claiming her mood seems to align with his. We’ve also been told that David has come off as controlling in Tamar’s reality show, and that he’s been quite involved in her business decisions of late.

This continues to be a developing story…..

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Bodies of US Couple Found at Bottom of Well in Mexico

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The bodies of a missing US couple have been found at the bottom of a well in Mexico.

Ian Hirschsohn, 78 and his 73-year-old wife Kathy Harvey had been missing since August 31, when they were supposed to return home to San Diego from a trip across the border.

Their abandoned car was found in Ensenada, just 90 minutes from the US border, last week.

Investigators then made the grim discovery on Thursday in an unpopulated area just south of the tourist hotspot.

The bodies were recovered over the weekend; San Diego police confirmed their identities, CBS8 reported.

Family members said the couple had been staying at a rented house in El Socorrito, about 200 miles south of the border, a town they frequented over the past 35 years.

Kathy texted her son Robert on August 28 to say they were going to either explore a gold mine or visit a beach; however the family lost contact with them on August 31.

After reporting them missing, the Consulate General in Tijuana finally informed the family the couple’s Toyota Land Cruiser had been found in Ensenada.

“She was really enjoying retirement and had multiple groups of friends,” Robert told the site. “She loved walking and traveling.  She had a huge bucket list of where she wanted to go.”

An investigation is now underway. The cause of deaths has not been revealed, nor has a motive, but investigators suspect foul play.

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