Posts Tagged Ray Rice

Don’t Feel Sorry for Ray Rice

There are two conversations in regard to Ray Rice. I am not qualified to lead one of them. The first conversation is a football conversation. It is a business decision in regard to hiring a once exceptional running back. His numbers declined even before “the incident,” and if a decision is to be made on pure talent, I am certainly not the one to say “yes” or “no.” Also working against him is that he is unemployed at his profession when many other unemployed, competing football players without baggage are […]

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Who Gives a Rip about Good Choices?

A man whose opinions I greatly admire, was having a conversation with me over dinner just the other evening. “Chuck,” he said, “why should any decent professional athlete care about making good ethical choices? No matter what they do, they always make it back to the playing field.” I could have answered his statement with a “yes,” “no,” or even a “maybe.” Instead, let’s first talk about several news stories over the past few days. Yesterday in Palestine, Texas was Adrian Peterson Day. Residents held up banners saying things like: “We’ve […]

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Ray Rice and His Choices: No one has helped him

Ray Rice in Court

The news of the day is that the domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, former NFL running back have been dropped. What began in February 2014, has come to an end on May 20, 2015. Many things have happened in the past year plus three months; a great many of them much more important than football or even sports. However, within this small world it can be argued that the former Baltimore Ravens player brought many people face-to-face with the ugly face of domestic violence and the indifference of those […]

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Have We Become So Outraged, We’ve Lost Judgment?

Jonathan Taylor

These are tough times for ethics and collegiate or professional football. In every sense, harsh penalties for crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assaults, bullying and drug/alcohol abuse were very long overdue. In past years, many coaches, teams and athletic departments were complicit with the off-the-field antics of athletes. Sports Ethics considerations were thrown aside. Were they wrong to overlook these behaviors? Absolutely. A small percentage of abusers, rapists, bullies and petty (and no so petty) criminals, were allowed to mess things up for all of the fine men and women […]

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Sports Ethics Minute: Not Like You Care

Bernard Pierce

“Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I’m getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.” – Bernard Pierce, RB Baltimore Ravens This is where the diehard fans invariably stop following me. It is when I talk about bad choices leading to bad consequences, where I dare to suggest that drunk drivers are wrong, and that professional athletes had better be damn careful before they do something stupid. “Chuck, what are you some kind of wimp/good-two-shoes/Mr. Perfect? All the guy did was have a few […]

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Last Blog Ever on Ray Rice (for Today)


“If I never play football again… I would adapt into life & I would sacrifice more so she can have a better future.” -Ray Rice to Matt Lauer (via Twitter) Ray Rice has been eased off the hook by the NFL, the legal system, his wife, and presumably Matt Lauer of the Today Show. He has started to cleanse his image with the help of a PR machine churning away slowly in the background. He also sent another tweet to Matt Lauer: “I take full responsibility for my actions.” It […]

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Leagues Apart: NBA suspends Hornets’ Jeffery Taylor

Jeffrey Taylor

Maybe Jeffery Taylor thought he was playing in the pre-Ray Rice era NFL. He’s not. He’s a professional basketball player playing for the NBA. More specifically, he is playing for a league headed by a fair, and even-keeled commissioner. Adam Silver does not put up with a lot of crap, nor should he. USA TODAY writer Jeff Zillgitt has just reported (November 20, 2014) in an article entitled: “NBA suspends Hornets’ Jeffery Taylor 24 games,” that forward Jeffery Taylor must not only miss the games without pay, he must get […]

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Would you hire Ray Rice for Your Football Team?

Ray Rice Leaves Hearing

As I was about to start this blog, another story caught my eye that somehow won’t escape my attention: Amanda Knox, the American woman who Italy wants to bring back to stand re-trial for murder, is now writing articles on the Northwest cultural scene for an online publication. The publication’s position is that Amanda is a really great writer and her notoriety has nothing to do with the fact that she’s writing about the cultural scene. To which I say, that I will estimate that within a 50 mile radius of […]

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Roger Goodell must testify in Ray Rice Case

What did Goodell know, when did he know it and why has he stone-walled? In a case that has had more twists and turns than a mountain road, the arbitrator in the Ray Rice appeal, U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, has ordered the NFL commissioner to appear in the arbitration hearing. At issue is that suspended player Ray Rice and the player’s union, feel that after the domestic violence incident he was given a punishment which he accepted. When the infamous knockout video surfaced, at the NFL’s “outrage” bubbled […]

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The NHL is Finally Getting It: You Don’t Assault Women!

Slava Voynov

As I write this blog, I can’t help but see the irony. Irony; that’s a fancy word for something totally screwed up. I would use stronger language, but then I would lose a lot of friends and followers. Maybe some of you remember the domestic violence incident last year when Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlomov beat the hell out of his girlfriend by knocking her down with kicks, stomping on her chest and dragging her around the house and out the door for good measure. He was charged with second degree kidnapping and third […]

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