Yesterday, Janey Rice, the wife former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice posted this message on her Instagram account,
"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media and unwanted [opinions] from the public [have] caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing... What don't y'all get? If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all the happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels."
In his ESPN article Jason Whitlock writes,
"Let's end the assault on Janay Rice by taking the elevator video off the 24-hour, TV hamster wheel. The video no longer holds probative value. Its use now is sensational at best, exploitative at worst -- and is, more than likely, damaging to the victim. It's contributing, in my opinion, to Janay Rice's inability to properly assess who is responsible (Ray Rice) for the chaos and pain in her life."Later he says,
"It's time to move beyond the video. It has done its job. It's awakened those of us who naively didn't fully comprehend what domestic violence looks like. It has forced Roger Goodell and the Ravens to take Ray Rice's misdeed seriously. But now we are using it, unwittingly, to bludgeon the victim, to force her deeper into a bunker where she blames herself.I agree. The constant reliving of the incident really prohibits the ability of the Rice family to heal and move beyond this horrible period of their lives. The opinions and hysteria of the masses have effectively ended Rice's career and who knows the effect it will have on his future. Not to mention that his child(ren) will have access to more information regarding their dad's past sins then they will ever need. I think it is time to shut it down. You?
....We're airing her dirty laundry (Janay's interpretation) and not only must she be humiliated over and over again by not just the act, but the replaying and analysis of it."