So much has been written about the Ray Rice incident this week that I hesitate to even bother jumping into the fray. But, I started this blog, at least in part, to give me my own personal venue to vent. Especially when I’m really pissed. I read an article in today’s Washington Post that made me steam. The improbable title of the article is “As the Ravens return to NFL action, many fans in Baltimore show support for Ray Rice.”
The article spoke of the many Baltimore fans who arrived at Ravens stadium last night for the Ravens game against the Steelers wearing Rice’s number 27 jersey to show their support for him. WTF does that even mean? If it means “support” as in “love the sinner, hate the sin,” well, OK, I guess I get that. But, I don’t think that’s where these idiots live. Read the following paragraph from the article
On Thursday morning, though, Baltimore resident Kathi Bessling pulled on her Rice jersey and outfitted her three daughters in the No. 27, too. To Bessling, Rice was more than the man who punched Palmer, now his wife; he was a man her children and their friends had once looked up to, a man they cheered for in a Super Bowl win two seasons ago, a player who had rewarded them with three Pro Bowl seasons. Does that just disappear because of one incident, one video? It did not for many of those wandering the walkways Thursday. “He’s still a good guy,” Bessling said, standing near the statue of Lewis, another former Baltimore luminary with a complicated past. “I just feel like the Ravens are being targeted.”
Seriously??? This woman put her three daughters in Ray Rice jerseys? Exactly what is she teaching them with that wardrobe decision? One incident? One video? He’s still a “good guy.” WTF is this woman talking about? The one incident that was caught on the one video shows this 200 lb man, reported to bench press 405 lbs, punching a defenseless woman in the face and knocking her out cold. In what alternative universe is he a “good guy?” In what fantasy land is this “targeting the Ravens?” HE PUNCHED HIS FIANCE IN THE FACE AND KNOCKED HER OUT!!!
Note to Kathi Bessling and other like-minded Baltimore fans:
1. Ray Rice is not a good guy. He’s a troubled and abusive man, who belongs in intensive treatment and/or behind bars.
2. Nobody is “targeting the Ravens.” Normal people are just repulsed and outraged by such barbaric behavior and want to see it punished. See #1.
3. There are things in life that are more important than winning Super Bowls. One example is not beating up women.
It’s troubling to have to remind people of these facts, but apparently in Baltimore we still do.