Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely, and the Baltimore Raisins voided his contract, after the video surfaced of him actually punching his girlfriend in the face.
Yet, early this year, we knew what happened in that elevator. The new video provided absolutely no new information. So what is different now?
The National Football League looks like a bunch of hypocrites, because that is exactly what they are. They’ve been exposed as a league that does not take domestic violence seriously, moved to action only when it became politically impossible to keep the weaker punishment.
That said, in terms of criminal prosecution, Ray Rice should not be denied the same rights that any other first-time offender has simply because his case has become a political and cultural firestorm.