Ray Rice Ethical Issues

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In February 2012, Ray Rice, a former Baltimore Ravens running back, and his fiancée, Janae Palmer, were arrested for assault charges after they had gotten into a fight at a casino in Atlantic City. A few weeks after their arrest, a video surfaced of Rice dragging Palmer out of an elevator by her shoulders. Police later stated they had video footage of Rice knocking Palmer unconscious prior to dragging her off the elevator. By late March, Rice had been indicted for third degree aggravated assault. (Elliott, 2014). With a popular NFL player under fire, this case received ample media coverage. After the NFL announced their decision to only suspend Rice for the first 2 games of the season following his indictment, the decision was discussed on ESPN’s morning sports talk show, First Take. Stephen A. Smith, a sports journalist and commentator for First Take made comments in association with the case that led to his two-week suspension. (Rohrbach, 2014). Smith, while discussing the Rice case, acknowledged Rice’s wrong doing and the problem our country has with domestic abuse as a whole, he then went on to say that women shouldn’t do anything to provoke those actions. Smith said, “We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman. I don’t know how many times I got to reiterate that…but lets make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions…Lets try to make sure that we do our part in making sure that doesn’t happen.” This comment, aimed at women and advising them

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