Ray Rice is no longer a member of the Baltimore Ravens as of September 8, 2014.
All of the criticism of his actions earlier this offseason reached a boiling point today, after TMZ released the video of Rice's elevator encounter with his now wife.
With the video going viral, the Ravens were faced with no other choice but to release the tailback.
According to Jason La Canfora, of CBS, this was really the only recourse left for the NFL or the Ravens to take. Article 46 of the CBA states: "The Commissioner and Club will not both discipline a player for the same act or conduct. The Commissioners disciplinary action will preclude or supersede disciplinary action by the Club for the same act or conduct."
That piece of the CBA was wordsmithed, however it appears that the NFL would be unable to change the punishment if they knew of this video. However the league office has now announced that they were unaware of the video and that Goodell has suspended Rice indefinitely.
I won't address the video that was released earlier today or restate my opinion on Ray Rice and his actions. The only thing I will say is that under no situation, should a man ever lay his hands on a woman. Period.
In my opinion, Ray Rice is lucky that the only thing that is happening to him is that he has been released by the Ravens. There's no place for violence in any home or quite frankly anywhere, regardless of the stature of the person involved.
I can't imagine any team wanting Ray Rice on their roster at this point, and quite frankly I don't want to see him on any NFL team.
Rodger Goodell and the NFL got it wrong when they suspended Ray Rice for only two games earlier this season. The Ravens stood behind him as well, live tweeting his wife's apology and acceptance of her role. Both dropped the ball and both have now acted to correct their wrongs. For the NFL, Goodell has put in place a new policy to punish those involved with Domestic Violence. The Ravens have done everything they could under the CBA, they've cut Ray Rice.
Only time will tell what the future holds for Ray Rice, the NFL and the domestic violence policy. All we can hope for is that the NFL won't stand by and let this happen again.
We'll be updating this post with additional information as it becomes available, as well as the inevitable fantasy impact this will have on the Ravens running back situation.
For the record, I never actually played football. I have no doubt that I would get crushed running across the middle for a pass, every single time.
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