Everyone has an opinion on the Ray Rice situation—even President Barack Obama.
Obama provided his two cents—through a statement— on the NFL’s indefinite suspension of the disgraced running back, stating (via Politico):
“The president is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.
Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football — and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”
It didn’t stop at the POTUS, however, as Vice President Joe Biden also provided comment (via the Washington Post):
“So, you know the first reason the NFL responded to my view: there are so many women fans in this billion-dollar industry, so all of a sudden they said, ‘Wait a minute, he got suspended for a couple games? Whoa, that’s not enough.’ Then, they get a little more sensitized. And then it was longer.”
And then when the video was out there, and saw how brutal it was, the Ravens did the right thing — fired him immediately. Now, you can argue, they should have done it sooner, they didn’t want it. Whatever the reason is, it’s happening.”
Despite the consensus opinion that the right move was finally made by the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL, Janay Rice took to Instagram to air out her frustrations over the media meddling in her personal business and reaffirmed support for her husband.
Ray made his first statement since the new video surfaced, telling ESPN:
“I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong… We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other.
I have to be there for (Janay) and my family right now and work through this.”