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Pressure Mounts To Fire NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Including Mentions Of A Cover Girl Boycott

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Pressure is mounting every single day against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over his handling of Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens player who assaulted his now-wife. The NFL has insisted it had never seen the brutal video in which Rice punches his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in the head, knocking her unconscious, until TMZ released it on Monday. But on Wednesday, the Associated Press confirmed that a law enforcement official said that the NFL was sent the video in April and someone there acknowledged that it had been received and viewed.

Goodell has been sharply criticized for how he punished Rice, who received only a two-game suspension by the league (before he was dropped by the Ravens this week). Only in late August did the NFL update its personal conduct policy: now players will be suspended for six games for a first offense and banned by the league for a year for a second offense. Keep reading »

CBS Anchor James Brown Addresses Domestic Violence In Sports

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The firing of NFL player Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an elevator has sparked conversations about why Janay married him, whether a “private matter” deserves to be punished (spoiler alert: yes it does), whether a football player’s drug use is as bad as brutally attacking vulnerable women, and just about every other topic under the sun. The one thing that hasn’t been touched on much is the issue that actually matters: teaching men not to hit women in the first place, and holding them accountable when they do. Last night before a Steelers-Ravens football game, CBS anchor James Brown finally said what every coward at the NFL has avoided saying. Brown asked men to take responsibility for their actions, and talked about the hostile environment that encourages men in sports to use violence in the first place. He suggested that the most productive use of all the anger this situation has sparked would be to help women who suffer from domestic violence. His words were a major relief after a week of watching pundits talk in circles. You can read a transcript here. [Uproxx; Deadspin]

Sean Hannity’s Guest: Janay Palmer Rice “Knocked Herself Out On The Railing”

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“[S]ome might even say, watching that video, Ray Rice is the bigger victim of domestic violence here. .. [S]ome might say I’m defending Ray Rice here. Maybe I am, but if you watch the video, the video actually makes him look better than he did before. She repeatedly attacked him. He’s a victim — flat-out fact — of domestic violence. Only after she’s hit him several times and spit on him does he finally hit back. And she happens because of that blow to knock herself out on the [elevator's] railing. That was an unintended consequence, I’m sure.”

This is A.J. Delgado, a female columnist for the conservative National Review, speaking as a guest yesterday on Sean Hannity’s radio show. Not even Rice’s defense lawyers could have come up with this, uh, creative theory that Janay Palmer Rice actually knocked herself out when she failed to properly absorb her then-fiance’s punch to her head. Really, if Janay hadn’t been so foolish to smack her head into the elevator railing, maybe she wouldn’t have been out cold! It’s so, so sad when a clumsy woman makes it look like her man is abusing her. [Raw Story]

NFL Received Ray Rice Video Three Months Ago, Law Enforcement Officials Confirm

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TMZ released a video of NFL player Ray Rice knocking out his wife. Read More »
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  • The AP has confirmed that an anonymous law enforcement official sent the video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée unconcscious to the NFL three months ago. The AP also listened to a voicemail confirming that the video was received by someone there on April 9: a female voice says thanks and “You’re right. It’s terrible.” The NFL has consistently maintained they did not see the violent video until Monday, when it became public by TMZ. The league has been receiving harsh criticism for originally only suspending Rice for two games. [AP]
  • According to NBC Nightly News, the NFL’s response to the AP’s confirmation is “We have no knowledge of this … We will look into it.” Uh huh. Lemme guess … the dog ate the tape? An intern lost it? It walked away and moved to Bali? [Twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews]
  • Following TMZ’s release of a video on Monday, the National Domestic Violence Hotline received nearly double an increase in calls from domestic violence victims, their family, and friends. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Nev Schulman Was Kicked Out Of College For Punching A Woman And Is Still Being A Creep About It

Nev Schulman Was Kicked Out Of College For Punching A Woman And Is Still Being A Creep About It

It’s recently come to light that Nev Schulman of the documentary-turned-reality show “Catfish” was expelled from Sarah Lawrence College for punching a female student in 2006. Schulman actually shares his side of the story in his new book, In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age, which was released exactly a week before he took to Twitter yesterday to speak out against domestic violence in the aftermath of Ray Rice’s dismissal from the NFL. (Coincidence? Some think not)

In In Real Life, Schulman describes a night at a dance called the Sleaze Ball (“a night of debauchery, drugs and girls dressed primarily in lingerie”) during which, by his account, he was provoked into hitting a female student. Schulman, who was a junior at the time, had been taking pictures of the event when he got into an altercation that’s fueled rumors for years. In the book, he recounts: Keep reading »

What To Do When Someone You Love Stays In An Abusive Relationship

What To Do When Someone You Love Stays In An Abusive Relationship
"I Married My Abuser"
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Some insight into why abuse victims stay in violent relationships. Read More »

I’ll try to write about this with as little abject fury as possible. Yesterday morning, my Facebook feed was full of sympathetic posts about Janay Rice, some good burgeoning conversations about domestic violence and how it’s been swept under the rug and normalized by our culture — but by the afternoon more than half the conversations I saw centered around statements like “What, was she stupid?” or “Anyone with half a brain knows how a MAN should act” or “If she’s going to stay, she’s bringing it on herself.”

Did the Hulk do diaphragmatic breathing or something? What were his methods? I need to know. Keep reading »

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