Even NFL players who rarely criticize each other publicly made their feelings clear Monday on Ray Rice through social media and in interviews.
Reaction was swift and powerful to the release of a video showing the Baltimore running back striking his then-fiancee, and the Ravens subsequently releasing him.
Here’s a sampling:
-Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton on Twitter:
“That man should be thrown out the nfl and thrown into jail. Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh”
“As players we must speak up. Stand up for what’s right. I don’t give a damn who u 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?”
-Saints tackle Zach Strief:
“I don’t know Ray Rice, but I know that video is disturbing. It’s tough to see and it’s unacceptable. … It’s upsetting.”
-Steelers cornerback William Gay:
“We’re talking about a life, I don’t care about a sport when it comes down to domestic violence. This is real. Someone can lose their life to it.
“So I’m not concerned about the sport. I’m concerned about what happens in the world, what happens in real life. ”
Gay’s mother, Carolyn, was shot and killed by Gay’s stepfather in Tallahassee, Florida, when Gay was 7 years old. He volunteers at the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and is an advocate for domestic violence victims.
“We need to do everything we can to help Ray Rice because we don’t need to run away from him and say he’s evil.”
-Bills coach Doug Marrone, who supports Vera House, which assists victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse:
“Am I happy the NFL has taken a harder stance? … I mean, there is no excuse for abuse. I really believe that.”
-Coach Kyle Flood of Rutgers, where Rice attended:
“Family is family, but at Rutgers we hold ourselves to an extremely high standard, and we expect a lot out of our players, and we expect a lot out of the coaches and the staff that we have here … we expect a lot out of our alumni. I think because of those expectations, this is a sad day.
“Ray will always be a part of our family. The video I saw this morning was difficult to watch. As a husband and as a father, there’s nothing that could justify what I saw on that video.
“This is a sad day for Ray and a sad day for Rutgers.”
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