November 20, 2015 |
RAY RICE gave some unsolicited advice to Greg Hardy on the subject of domestic violence on Thursday. We kid you not. "One thing I would encourage Greg (to do) is to take a deeper look into what the severity of domestic violence is," Rice told WFAN's "Boomer & Carton Show. " "It's better late than never. " Rice, you'll remember, is a former Ravens running back who last year knocked his fiancée out and then dragged her from an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. He wasn't found guilty in a court, but was indefinitely suspended by the NFL. He has since been cleared to play, but no team will sign him. Rice said that if he can't return to the field, he'd like to work with players to raise awareness about domestic violence.
May 23, 2015 |
Ray Rice assault expunged After one of the most visible beat-downs in social-media history, former NFL running back Ray Rice has had his misdemeanor assault conviction expunged from his record. Atlantic City Presiding Judge Michael A. Donio signed the order early Thursday morning. It was part of Rice's plea deal. You will recall that on Feb. 15, 2014, Rice was videotaped striking, and apparently knocking senseless, his then-fiancée/now wife, Janay Rice , in an elevator at the Revel casino of fond memory in A.C. Much was the outcry and social discussion re: domestic abuse.
May 14, 2015 |
I'm not paid to be a role model. ... Parents should be role models. - Charles Barkley The suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winner of the last Super Bowl and a virtual lock to one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is the latest development in an ongoing conversation about cheating in sports, and even Americans who are uninterested in athletics should pay attention. The National Football League on Monday suspended Brady for the first four games of next season for orchestrating or knowing about a scheme to deliberately deflate footballs, making them easier to throw during last season's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
November 9, 2014 |
Ray Rice, his wife, Janay, and his attorneys have had their say in front of an arbitrator. Adrian Peterson's punishment - reckless assault of a child resulting in a $4,000 fine and 80 hours of community service - has been settled in a Texas court. Now we wait. Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will drag on a while longer. Barbara Jones, the former federal judge who served as the arbitrator, still has to make a ruling, and that could take a week or maybe even two. Even when Jones does rule and even if she rules in favor of the former Baltimore Ravens running back, Rice's case is complicated.
October 23, 2014 |
JUST 2 DAYS after CBSSports.com reported that Ray Rice could be reinstated to the NFL within a month, the NHL made it clear to everyone that it will not be the next league dragged through the slush over its handling of domestic-abuse cases involving its players. But please . . . hold your applause. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov doesn't have his mug on a video-game box or his jersey all over the backs of kids and adults nationwide. There's no wing of his memorabilia on display at his alma mater.
October 10, 2014 |
The recent steps and missteps of the National Football League as it handled and mishandled the situation involving running back Ray Rice have, in some ways, improved the national dialogue concerning domestic abuse and, in others, merely filled the air with noise and static. Everyone seems to have an agenda, an angle to pursue. The NFL had one (get this thing over with). Rice had one. Sponsors had one. Social scientists. Journalists. Women's rights organizations. Politicians. It was an apple big enough for everyone to take a bite.
October 9, 2014 |
THE CLIMATE is right. If, as sports fans, we truly are interested in scaling back the sense of entitlement so many athletes have simply because they are athletes, we have a window of opportunity to push things forward. If, as a society, we truly are concerned that well-paid and well-positioned athletes be responsible for acting in manners more attuned with accepted social standards, we have the chance to act on that. At this particular moment in time, the owners, the university presidents, the presidents of sports sanctioning bodies know they can no longer just sweep misdeeds committed by their athletes quietly under the rug. Too many people are watching and keeping score.
September 27, 2014 |
Shaneen Allen, the South Philadelphia mother arrested for carrying a legally registered handgun from another state into New Jersey, must give up her .380-caliber Bersa Thunder and complete 25 hours of community service as part of her admission into a pre-trial intervention program, her attorney said Thursday. But the losses, attorney Evan Nappen said, are small compared with Allen's victory Wednesday, when the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced that it was reversing its decision to ban her from the intervention program.
September 19, 2014 |
If the NFL selected a Fan of the Week, serious consideration would have to go to the young woman who was photographed Sunday near TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis while wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey and holding a stripped down tree branch in her right hand. She was smiling broadly beneath her horned Viking helmet and fake Helga braids, a can of Coors Light in the other hand, and all you can guess is that this somehow seemed funny at the time. Of course, the outfit might not have been even as complicated as a misplaced sense of humor.
September 16, 2014 |
ESPN ANALYST Cris Carter had a lot to say yesterday, and none of it had to do with NFL games. He spoke emotionally about abuse, a word that has surfaced many times over the past few weeks. Running back Ray Rice was cut by the Ravens and banned by the NFL because of a video showing him knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. The Vikings deactivated running back Adrian Peterson for yesterday's game against the Patriots for allegedly hitting his child with a wooden switch.