Ok so catching up on the Ray Rice thing, which I didn’t follow before – I just watched the “apology” video. It’s one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen.
First he apologizes to the bosses, the fans, the kids – “everyone that was affected by this situation that me and my wife were in.”
Situation? They were in? He punched her in the head and knocked her out.
That’s a terrible beginning, and it doesn’t get one bit better. He goes on that way for six and a half minutes. It’s all about him. He talks about generalities without ever actually admitting to what he did, without ever mentioning it, without ever saying the words, and using “we” and “us” the whole time as if both of them had punched Janay Palmer in the head.
When you’ve seen this thing happen with me and my wife. People asked questions about what happened. Sometimes in life you will fail, but – I won’t call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down, it’s not getting up.
He actually said that. Dude, you’re not the one who got knocked down, she is, and she was knocked down by you. To the floor. You dragged her out of the elevator and dropped her face-down on the floor outside.
Me and Janay wish we could take back 30 seconds of our life.
No. Just the one. Just Ray Rice, not the woman he punched unconscious.
People told him “You’ll get through it.” He chokes up. “One thing you gave me is trust.” He gets all maudlin and emotional…about himself. It’s disgusting.
- “I’m working on our relationship. I have Janay’s best interests.”
- “Just wanted to thank my supporters.”
- “Showing us a better way. Bringing us together.”
- “We were able to get through this. To let y’all know – we’re still the same people.”
- “I think my wife has something to say – we were in this together.”
And what does she say? “I do deeply regret the role that I played in the incident that night.” She does deeply regret being so annoying that he was forced to punch her in the head and knock her out.
I’m just fucking gobsmacked and disgusted and enraged.
You know what? One of the things we’re constantly told when we wonder why schools and universities spend so much money and time on football is that it builds character and wonderful social skills.