Your Fantasy Football standings can wait. New video footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s February 15 assault of then-fiance (now wife) Janay Palmer has surfaced online, and the disturbing details have left many outraged.
“I don’t know much about football, but I know that Ray Rice is a piece of garbage who shouldn’t be allowed to play it professionally anymore,” tweeted Seth Rogen on Monday morning. The actor also noted the disparity between Rice’s official suspension from the National Football League (two games and more than $500,000 in fines) compared to players who have tested positive for marijuana (one year). The NFL claims they had not seen this more detailed video at the time of Rice’s hearing in July. “That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today,” a league spokesman told ESPN. Actors (Seth Rogen, Josh Gad), current NFL players (Terrance Knighton, defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos), and even past domestic abusers (Chad Johnson) are commenting on the release of the video, and in most cases, demanding both NFL and legal action against Rice.
The discussion around the video footage, and its potential effect on Rice’s career have silenced the typical Monday morning football conversation.
UPDATE: Ray Rice has been released by the Baltimore Ravens.
The #Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice's contract this afternoon.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 8, 2014
UPDATE 2: The NFL has suspended Rice indefinitely.
Roger Goodell announces that based on new information obtained today, he is suspending Ray Rice indefinitely.
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) September 8, 2014
I don’t know much about football, but I know that Ray Rice is a piece of garbage who shouldn’t be allowed to play it professionally anymore.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 8, 2014
Thank God for Ravens fans, Ray Rice didn’t kill his wife. He’d probably be out half a dozen games. — Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 8, 2014
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 8, 2014
That weary, pleading angel on the shoulder of the YouTube user about to mash up the Ray Rice video with Aerosmith’s “Love In An Elevator.” — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 8, 2014
Just saw the disturbing footage of @RayRice27 knocking out a innocent young lady. I really think he deserves a lifetime ban from the NFL
— Ed O’Neill (@RealEdOneill) September 8, 2014
What time are the games tonight? Just trying to calculate how long you will all be mad and disappointed at the NFL for. — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 8, 2014
Ravens have to waive Rice today or they are cowards. New video is appalling. I’d like to see someone in the NFL do the right thing for once. — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) September 8, 2014
That man should be thrown out the the nfl and thrown into jail. Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh — Terrance Knighton (@MrKnighton2u) September 8, 2014
As players we must speak up. Stand up for what’s right. I don’t give a damn who u are or how much money you make. No place for this. — Terrance Knighton (@MrKnighton2u) September 8, 2014
To people just now getting upset because they saw the Ray Rice video… How in the hell did you think she ended up on the floor unconscious? — Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) September 8, 2014
The punch is horrific but what may be even worse is how it looks like ray rice is very comfortable handling unconscious women — Doug Ellin (@mrdougellin) September 8, 2014
I’m glad no one this morning seems to care about yesterday’s games. This piece of shit needs to be out of the league. Period. — Scott Fujita (@sfujita55) September 8, 2014
No words…even more disgusted at some people’s awful thoughts on twitter right now…grow up — Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) September 8, 2014
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