I’m tired of these celebrities whining for forgiveness

ray rice

Oh, I’m tired. There are so many celebrities who do stupid stuff. There seems to be an endless stream of them. There is Lindsay Lohan, in and out of jail and in and out of rehab every other month. There’s Justin Beiber. There’s Charlie Sheen, who seems to be barely hanging on to reality. Now we have NFL running back Ray Rice. If you remember, the last time we saw Ray Rice was in a grainy video in which he appeared to be beating the snot out of his significant other and dragging her by the hair. Now, I don’t know about you, but if I was found beating someone like that I would be in jail. I can beg for forgiveness, but I would be behind bars nonetheless. I have no sympathy for Ray Rice.

From ESPN:

His voice cracking with emotion, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice acknowledged Friday that he “failed miserably” and apologized for the actions that led to his arrest on assault charges.

Rice was arrested after a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck fiancee Janay Palmer. The couple married in late February, and both went to the stage at the team training complex for their first public comments since the arrest.

“I failed miserably, but I wouldn’t call myself a failure because I’m working my way back up,” he said.

Wearing a light gray suit and striped tie, Rice spoke for just over six minutes and didn’t take questions. His speech was not prepared, but he often referred to notes on his cellphone.

I have no sympathy for Ray Rice. I don’t care if he’s going into a “diversion program.” There’s a code of ethics, a code of conduct in United States. He has crossed the line. The Baltimore Ravens should’ve fired him immediately. He should be kicked out of the league just as the NBA is trying to extricate themselves from Donald Sterling. Domestic violence should not be tolerated. Ever.

3 Responses

  1. LRM I respectfully disagree. Domestic violence is particularly awful. I think that tools that you need to combat domestic violence is different than what you see in assault or other forms of violence. I think that law enforcement needs to be more aware and take greater steps to combat Domestic violence than they do to combat other forms of violence. 

    my 2 cents.

  2. LRM I agree that many people looked at domestic violence as less severe even not worthy of the time and effort of law enforcement. I would tell those folks that they are dead wrong. 

    Thanks for your comments.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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