The Today Show & Ray Rice Exploiting Janay Palmer-Rice
December 1, 2014
#NFL Roger Goodell Banned For Life
Over the Thanksgiving weekend NBC was running promos of Matt Lauer’s upcoming interview with disgraced and removed from the NFL Raven’s roster Ray Rice and his now wife Janay Palmer-Rice that ran this morning on the Today Show. It’s been stated on this site that the abused are often the last to realize they’re abused and this situation is no different. It’s tough to see that video of Rice dragging the then Palmer unconsciously from the elevator and not see how Palmer-Rice doesn’t know she’s abused; but, it’s evident to anyone who saw even the promos that she as the victim is blaming herself and classic pattern of The Sociopathic Business Model™.
Friday Ray Rice’s indefinite NFL suspension was lifted which makes him a free agent. The common theme now is that’s being shoved down our throats now is that people should forgive Ray Rice and that everyone deserves second chances. The justification of unethical and illegal behavior is never warranted and trying to shame society into accepting him back into the fold is appalling and part of the problem of why we won’t see this cycle break anytime soon. Ray Rice is not sorry, he’s sorry he got caught and he’s sorry the outcome has hurt him personally and financially which is not the same as sorry and does not warrant a second chance.
The NFL can’t ban Ray Rice from the NFL in the traditional sense but nothing says any team has to pick him up. Many free agents fade off into the former player graveyard. Allowing Rice back into the NFL (ever) is encouraging, replicating and rewarding unethical and illegal behavior. A problem the NFL has consistently had as they’ve employed tactics from The Sociopathic Business Model™ and they’re getting tougher to sweep under the rug as the events are escalating. The only solace in this story is that morally corrupt NFL is already in so much trouble because Roger Goodell put profits above all else for so long that internally the owners have likely decided that Rice is poison and won’t touch him for a few seasons.
The NFL also knows the American people are very forgiving and why Michael Vicks, who should never have donned a NFL uniform again regardless if he paid his debt to society, is in part responsible for the recent NFL troubles. If the NFL had permanently banned Michael Vicks from the beginning it would have sent a stronger message to the other players but since they didn’t they players have been made to feel they’re above the law and don’t have to act ethically. Several players from the St. Louis Rams this weekend decided to pay tribute to Michael Brown and Ferguson by coming to the field with “Hands Up,” which would have had much greater impact if the NFL wasn’t in so much legal trouble but instead it came across as appropriate behavior for an NFL player. That statement isn’t an indictment of those particular players but rather the NFL as a whole.
NBC’s Today Show acted as an accomplice to the NFL’s corrupt business model which employed Ray Rice as they re-victimized Janay Palmer-Rice for ratings and try and gain favor to regain a position within the NFL. Palmer-Rice is still failing to see that even if her husband gets another NFL contract the abuse won’t stop, it’s a matter of “when” not “if” it happens again. My hope is that when Palmer-Rice in several years does another interview reversing everything she said today, denouncing the NFL and her husband for pathologically manipulation that the American people are as forgiving. And when it comes to her husband Ray Rice I hope the American people do what the NFL has not been able to do and force accountability by not encouraging, or allowing his unethical & illegal behavior to be replicated and rewarded for others in the NFL to follow. Not until the NFL forces accountability from Roger Goodell by banning him for life will we see any significant changes in their program.