This is kind of how I feel right now:

No, not the building and the robot and the, “What’s fun about that?” part, although there are probably some parallels you could draw. But I don’t get it. I don’t get how a video of Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer suddenly makes this whole thing so much worse.

It’s been clear for a long time now that Rice physically assaulted his then-fiancee and knocked her out. How does a video of it happening change anything? The action remains the same.

What I see here is the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens using some convenient PR cover to address something they’ve taken a lot of flak over. (And probably rightly so.) But it’s BS, because the facts of the case have. Not. Changed.

There are two ways to look at this whole thing.

  1. Ray Rice committed an act which cannot be tolerated by the NFL and should be fired, fined, and suspended indefinitely.
  2. Ray Rice committed an act which cannot be tolerated by the NFL, but his fiancee has forgiven him, so fire him, fine him, suspend him for a certain number of games, do what you need to do punitively and then move on. He has. At least publicly, his fiancee has. The NFL has no business suspending him “indefinitely” unless they’re going to ban him from the league for life.

Whatever the answer, it should have come MONTHS ago, and no TMZ video showing what we basically already knew happened should change that. Maybe I’m missing something. I haven’t kept super close tabs on this case as it has unfolded. But to me, the person who looks worse from this video isn’t Ray Rice. It’s the NFL.