The TMZ-obtained video of Ray Rice smacking his fiancee-now-wife is all over the internet.
He has been suspended indefinitely from the National Football League (NFL) even though his abused wife testified on his behalf.
We don’t really know what happened that night.
It looks like Janay Palmer, now Janay Rice, struck first but Rice, for whatever reason, responded by knocking her out. Not good. It’s especially not good when you are huge.
But the more interesting question is why do we care about professional athletes and how they act in their private lives?
So many people looked up to the professional football player even though he was a scumbag long before he beat his wife earlier this year.
Despite that violence, he was a sought after role model in Baltimore public schools.
He lectured kids about the importance of health living.
He even warned them about cyber bullying which he knows about from all of his fighting with people on Twitter.
Rice is a huge guy and a violent one.
Part of the problem is that Rice was still growing up when he was asked to be a role model.
“[Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis] taught me how to be a pro,” running back Ray Rice told The San Francisco Chronicle in January 2013. “Me being a pro has everything to do with how you act, not only on the field but off.”
“He was a leader by example, but his words get across to not only us but everywhere in America. It feels good to know that he’s my guy not only on the field but for life.”
It’s this kind of hollow “leadership” that’s the real problem in society.