Monday, February 17, 2014

Will Ray Rice arrest affect his anti-bullying campaign?

Considering the fact that I recently wrote a blog about the work Ray Rice does via his anti-bullying campaign, it may be a good idea to address his recent arrest. Headlines hit the internet like a flash of lightening--  “Ray Rice Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges”. Jaws dropped as many fans tried to figure out what would cause a man to commit such an act after being so outspoken about bullying.

You can’t have it both ways—at least that is what I have always heard. The altercation has been played down by Ray Rice’s people. According to them, it was a minor incident. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “minor” domestic violence charge. Violence is violence, and putting your hands on your fiancĂ© for any reason is unacceptable. Sorry, Ray, that’s just the way it is.

According to some people who were inside the casino at the time of the fight, the incident was much worse than what the Ravens want to admit. Witnesses provided accounts of what happened, and it was not a pretty sight.

Fans can hope that this was a mistake, and maybe it will not affect the organization as much as we think it will. It is unlikely a mistake though. The only redeeming factor was that his fiancé was arrested as well. She did play a role in what occurred because she reportedly spit on him. That is why he hit her (punched, then dragged according to witness accounts). That is still no reason to behave so violently. Considering the amount of violence football players are known to take part in, it might be in the best interest of the leagues to figure out the source of the problem and find solutions for it.

The point is, Ray Rice stock dropped drastically after this news came out. It dropped because people do not want to associate with someone who batters other people. We especially do not want our anti-bullying advocates and advocates for other children’s causes to be associated with violence. It goes against the grain of everything that person supposedly stands for.

As for Ray Rice, I really wish you hadn’t done that. You have lost at least one fan due to this behavior. Advocating his anti-bullying campaign would make no sense at this point. Domestic violence is as horrendous as child abuse. As much as I hope that this does not affect all of the great work Ray has done through the years, it probably will. Why, Ray, why?

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