I am sick to my stomach. More than once I have watched the security video from the elevator in which Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice threw a right lead at his then fiance’ (now, almost unbelievably, his wife.) She is lucky to be still alive. Rice is lucky not to have suffered the same fate that Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver Rey Carruth suffered when he hired a contract killer to dispose of his wife.
There are very real societal questions that ought to be asked and answered as a result of Rice’s actions.
But wouldn’t it be nice if the situation were an isolated one involving only Ray Rice? Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers is under scrutiny for a drunken brawl between McDonald and his fiance. Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers is in hot water for a serious of bad choices. Very real changes to the culture of the National Football League are in order.
But Deep Throat taught us one very important thing during the Watergate scandal in the 70’s. “Follow the money.” Let’s see where that leads us.
Is that a good or a bad thing? That’s a matter for the national conversation that ought to take place between parents and sons and parents and daughters in living rooms across the land.
If Ray Rice has inspired a conversation in the living rooms of America, he will have served a purpose. Likely he could care less if he serves a purpose. But a purpose can be the springboard to something positive.