A video of Ray Rice hitting his wife Janay Palmer and knocking her out surfaced on Monday, and his co-workers are not standing up for him. In a league that prides itself on being a brotherhood, NFL players have been known to forgive each other for some pretty idiotic acts. Rice crossed the line.
A number of NFL players have already spoken out against Rice. Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton took one of the stronger stances.
“That man should be thrown out the the (NFL) and thrown into jail,” Knighton wrote on Twitter. “Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh. If there’s anyway to open that case up and give this guy the punishment he deserves, it NEEDS to be done.
“As players we must speak up. Stand up for what’s right. I don’t give a damn who (you) are or how much money you make. No place for this. This video makes me sick to my stomach. As players we always speak on how we are unfairly treated. Well, now what?”
That last point from Knighton is a great one. How much have we heard about the NFL not educating players on head injuries and owners using them as mere investments to make money? Rice got off as easy as he possibly could have, and now the NFL is scrambling to find a way to correct its mistake.
Other current and former players shared an opinion similar to that of Knighton.