We offer the following three-part commentary in response to the Ray Rice witch-hunt:
1. Self-righteous TV news anchors and the news media generally have now milked the unfortunate Ray Rice affair for all it’s worth by airing the infamous elevator surveillance video countless times. (We refuse to link to it.) Hasn’t the media — and by extension all of us who have watched the video out of morbid curiosity — invaded Janay Palmer’s privacy and human dignity, who everyone professes so much hypocritical concern for?
2. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has now suspended Mr Rice from the field “indefinitely” (see Tweet below). In addition to being retroactive and unfair, doesn’t this unilateral suspension lack any pretense of due process and violate the Commissioner’s own “new” (and knee-jerk) domestic-violence policy (consisting of a six-game suspension for a first offense)?
3. The owner of the Ravens has now unilaterally terminated his team’s contract with Mr Rice for his off-the-field conduct. Isn’t this a flagrant breach of contract for which Ray Rice is entitled monetary damages?
We conclude with some rhetorical questions: Whatever happened to “due process” and “rule of law”? Are those empty terms to be applied selectively? Apparently, the answer to this second question is now “yes” if you are caught doing something bad on video or on audio tape.