Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens has been released by the team and suspended indefinitely from the NFL after video emerged today showing the running back punching out his then-fiance Janay in an Atlantic City hotel elevator. Prior to the release of the video, Rice had been suspended for two games by the league, a punishment many found woefully lenient, especially considering the league’s stance on drug use. The timing of the suspension is a matter of much debate today in sports media circles, with the league now claiming they did not have access to the video before now, a point met with well-deserved skepticism.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered about the case here — Rice will serve no jail time, incidentally — but one question is looming large for a certain class of person. Why did she still marry him then if he hit her?
Just saw the footage of Ray Rice defending himself in that elevator. Funny how she still married him. Both losers.
— Geoff Keith (@GeoffKeith) September 8, 2014
Yall need to get out of Ray Rice and nem business… She must like to get beat up… She still married him… She like red bottoms…
— EARL GOT A SEXTAPE (@DJYABOYEARL) September 8, 2014
I think the worst part about the Ray Rice thing is the fact that she married him a month later. #Stage5Clinger
— Dr. Jacob (@JAKE_n_Bakee) September 8, 2014
She married him a month later. Why are YOU mad…. She not.
— Aka Bae_Z (@Rae_Z) September 8, 2014
Ray Rice punching his fiancé like that is unreal, and she still married him
— Zoe (@YourFavoriteZoe) September 8, 2014
Ray rice crazy .. But his shawty crazier .. She still married him after gettn that 2 piece meal!!!
— Helloooo Dolly (@maine030887) September 8, 2014
This is the type of framing we see time and again whenever a woman is a victim.
Why did she still marry him if he hit her?
Why did she take the nude photos if she didn’t want them online?
Why did she go out with a professional fighter and star in porn films if she didn’t want to get her face smashed in?
Why did she wear that revealing top if she didn’t want men to cat-call her?
Why did she get drunk if she didn’t want to get taken advantage of?
Why was she out so late at night if she didn’t want to get into trouble?
Why did she wear that skirt if she didn’t want to get raped?
Why was she taking drugs if she didn’t expect something bad to happen?
Why was she even fucking born in the first place if she could never do anything that wasn’t going to be blamed on her?