For Knocking His Fiancée Out, Ray Rice Given 40% of Terrelle Pryor's Sentence

By DJ Byrnes on July 24, 2014 at 12:27p

Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiance into an elevator, via TMZ


One of the #hottest #takes I hold in my #takes chamber is "Domestic violence is bad."

Domestic violence committed by men against women is especially reprehensible; even more so when the male is a professional boxer or another form of professional athlete.

Take, for example, Ravens running back Ray Rice. A few months back, Rice was caught via surveillance video dragging his unconscious then-fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino's elevator after what police described as a "mutual attack."

I don't know about you, but there's nothing "mutual" about that TMZ video. 

Of course, the circus of depravity didn't stop there. In a meandering, bizarre press conference in which Ray Rice declared "sometimes life knocks you down," the true victim of domestic violence was made to apologize for HER ROLE in the debacle:

I don't know what's more baffling: That this was tweeted in the first place, or that the tweet hasn't been deleted over a month later.

Yet, according to Goodell's arbitrary sentencing, knocking the consciousness out of a woman is only 40% as bad as fleeing college to avoid NCAA repercussions. The latter, of course, is a matter of integrity:

From ESPN:

"I believe it is a fair conclusion that he intentionally took steps to ensure that he would be declared ineligible for further college play and would be able to enter the NFL via the supplemental draft," Goodell said in a news release. "Taken as a whole, I found that this conduct was tantamount to a deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules in a way that distorts the underlying principles and calls into question the integrity of those rules."

That was Roger Goodell upon handing a five game suspension to Terrelle Pryor, something that was unprecedented in the NFL. It will never happen again, either. (The Tat Five was historically railroaded, y'all.)

Of course, Ray Rice was never convicted of a crime (because those are the benefits of being rich in America), but neither had Terrelle Pryor (despite what the NCAA might try to tell you). 

Roger Goodell has stated he wants to send a message with his discipline. Yet, in the end, Terrelle Pryor was suspended for five games and Ray Rice was only suspended for two. A message was sent alright, but not the one I think he intended.

But hey, look on the bright side, women: the NFL wants to sell you pink and/or bejeweled team pride-wear.

Really makes you think, huh? 

Eat the bread, everyone.


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Earle's picture

Sometimes life knocks you down, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands.

--Ray Rice

Snarkies gonna snark. 

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dubjayfootball90's picture

I got my pitchfork ready... Just waiting for a partner to run amok...

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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BuckeyeVet's picture

DUBJAY - I'm bringing the torches & I've got your back. Effing hypocrites.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I got my torch...

Let's get him!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Buckeye419er's picture

More money buys a bigger broom.

There can be only one

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808buckeye's picture


seize the carpe

hit_the_couch's picture

Something tells me earlier in the night, his fiance (or wife?) said something like, "I had more yards walking to the blackjack tables than you had all season."  I bet she'll never say that again.

The pic on the right kinda looks like a doberman (spelling) mauling a body. I guess that might describe or be about right for this situation. There for a second, I thought this article was gonna be about Mike Vick

I don't know the story behind the Ray Rice incident, but one would think that it would get more than a two game suspension, especially since Goodell upheld Pryor's suspension that was to be handed down before he jumped ship from college. 

I can't wait til Goodell is has no affiliation with the NFL (for other reasons as well).

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Crumb's picture

I hope when he plays, RDS (or any defender for that matter) breaks him in half and stomps on the pieces.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Young_Turk's picture

I hope Carlos doesn't read this.


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DJ Byrnes's picture

Carlos lost more time for that swipe than Ray Rice.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Young_Turk's picture

Ray-ray will take a financial hit for missing 2 games, but even here, Carlos probably got a larger penalty because his 'swipe' was pre-draft.  

Not a big fan of what Carlos did by any stretch, and I'm on record as saying he should have been kicked off the team.  

But assuming that Carlos thinks what I have to say is irrelevant, it would have to gall him that in this comparison he got ripped off big-time.  


FUqUespin's picture

F-ing worthless scumbag jerkoff a$$hole...

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sharks's picture

Blackmon just got arrested for pot. Goodells going to waterboard him

A man got to have a code...

jamesrbrown322's picture

Ya know, if Ray Lewis really has turned over a new leaf, he should have come out against this as a former teammate and ESPN/FL puppet...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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PortlandBuckeye45's picture

It still amazes me how everything went down with TOSU, and then compare it to. What happened in Oregon, or with Johnny Maziel, and every year with Alabama. Did any of you know that Alabama has been on probation for.... i can't remeber but its been years now.  Oregon was practically buying players. We all know what happened with Johnny M. Which btw, im all for the kid being a kid and having fun. But he got a half game suspension. WTF to that. We lost a Coach, season games wiped from our record(which dosen't really change to much we still beat Arkansas.) Granted, we recovered better than any other team could have. It just still makes me think The NCAA hates TOSU, because we won't get down on our knees and kiss their feet.

ralEbuckI's picture

You guys are all forgetting that Pryor was a terrorist.  Come on!!!

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MNBuck's picture

I am a conspiracy theorist. But as a huge fan of Tressel as a man, and a coach, I feel college football took the first opportunity to get him out of the game. I still feel it to be a shame, but with so much else going on with players and the law you think you'd need more Tressels involved in the sport. I don't know why this made me think of him??

"The people, who try to make this world worse... are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness. ~ Bob Marley

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PortlandBuckeye45's picture

Tressel was a great man. And i believe this all was used as a message from the NCAA that no one is safe. Even tho we've seen how they handle other schools.

AGAB's picture

In retrospect, "The Tat Five" really got a raw deal. There have been egregious violations committed by other schools' student athletes and literally NOTHING is done. Look at the UNC bball scandal. Can you imagine the media outcry if that had taken place at TOSU? It would be great to give the NCAA a collective Marcus Hall db flip by welcoming back "The Tat Five". Come home Terrelle !!

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BeijingBucks's picture

retrospect?  We been yelling this up in here the whole time!

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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Fatpants's picture

NFL discipline is a sham. Compare Riley Cooper's treatment to Donald Sterling's.

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

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PortlandBuckeye45's picture

Josh Gordon, smokes weed, suspended for entire season. Ray Rice pulls a Chris Brown, suspended two games.

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crusher's picture

Rice can go out and punch seven more women in the head and still get less of a suspension than Gordon. Message to kids, Violence against women not nearly as bad as smoking weed. Great message to send out Roger

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

BroJim's picture

Shameful. Domestic violence against any gender is just heartbreaking.

I season my simple food with hunger

buckeyesean's picture

Lets be real. Of course the NFL considers skipping out on an NCAA suspension more than domestic violence.  They wouldn't want to upset the people governing their very cost effective Minor League system....

OSUStu's picture

I am a Steelers fan but not the type that defends Ben Roethlisberger's prior behavior.  But, how do you not use the precedent of the six-game suspension (later reduced to four games) given to Roethlisberger?  

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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bakerjon's picture

Domestic violence offenders should be banned from the NFL for life.  BTW...What is he doing drunk in an elevator in Vegas anyway.  Nice role model RR... There's me judging again...

"You do what I cannot do. I do what you cannot do. Together we do great things"

Remington2323's picture

If he really did pop her so hard that she went unconscious then shame on him. But, the truth is we don't know what went on in that elevator.

p.s. Ray just moved way down on my fantasy draft board...

Fatpants's picture

Even if she was going full out assault on him, he's Ray freakin' Rice of the NFL, don't tell me he can't restrain her without knocking her out.

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

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BierStube's picture

Ray best be careful from here on out ... some women in elevators fight back!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Fatpants's picture

That's an awesome suplex. It looks like she holds the bridge at the end, I hope someone was there to count and award the pin.

I'm just a poo gas huffin' toilet snorkeler at heart....

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Somewhere, Kurt Angle is laughing his ass off at this.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

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Boom777's picture

Fuck our justice system. If you got money or play CHILDS FUCKING GAME you can do whatever you like. He should be in jail still. I wish I were a rich sports figure I would just go around punching everyone. They do, especially to women. I thought the NCAA was a joke. He shouldn't be allowed to play. His career should be over. 

Wherever you are, there you be!

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Shangheyed's picture

NCAA is the NFL's free farm system, there has always been collusion between the two organizations.... NFL should have to pay back the schools for any underclassman drafted... and indeed should  pay for the training and expertise that the CF provides the NFL.

BucksFan2000's picture

Ladies (are there ladies on here?) if you want to know why you make 75 cents to our dollar, it's this simple - you don't stand up for yourselves.

When the NFL started going pink a few years ago, every guy instantly saw it for what it was - a marketing ploy to get more women interested in the game.  Think about it - they decided to use breast cancer as a means to get your money.  Instead of being outraged, women started buying sparkly pink NFL shirts.

Then last year a report came out detailing that very little of the proceeds actually went to breast cancer research.  Again, no guy was surprised, and women kept their mouths shut.

Now we have this.  It's been pointed out many times, but Pryor got 5 games for trading shit he owned.  A woman getting knocked out cold?  No big deal really.  It's not like he smoked pot.

But come fall, you'll still be there in your pink shirts.

Come on women, get your shit together.  You should also be insulted by the notion that without an NFL wide receiver running around in pink socks you'd have no idea to check your boobs for lumps.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Swinging for the fences man. Well said.

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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

It's hard to reason why a man who hits his wife-to-be gets two games on the sideline while Terrelle Pryor got five games for "illegal" tattoos and Josh Gordon gets a full season for smoking marijuana.

It's great being paranoid about the media is out to get OSU and see something like that haha

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

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MAVBuck's picture

Goodell hands out a couple games for an altercation with a woman and Urban kicks people off the team. Speechless....

Bucks1's picture

So this means his first game back is at Cleveland?!?!...everyone will be Browns fans for a day!

"I will pound you and pound you until you quit." - Woody Hayes

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I am in 100% agreement with what Clay Travis (I know, I know...) said on local radio - (Paraphrasing) "After seeing that video, and hearing what happened, how was any man in her family willing to walk her down the aisle and give her away? I mean seriously, how could you be a brother, father, or uncle and sit there and watch her marry this guy?!?"

A fair point, IMO.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

OSUmuFAN's picture

Wow, anybody else see the inside the elevator video yet this morning?  Raven's sure as hell better step up on this one, all of the excuses are out of the question now.