The U.S. president when commenting on the ray Rice video noted that a real man doesn’t hit a woman.
When speaking out against domestic violence in the wake of a video showing former Baltimore Ravens playerÂ Ray Rice punching his ex-fiancee in an elevator, U.S. PresidentÂ Barack Obama said on Monday that “hitting a woman is not something a real man does.”
â€œThe President is the father of two daughters.Â And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.
“Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and thatâ€™s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors,” the White House statement added, saying that stopping domestic violence “is something thatâ€™s bigger than football.”
The Ravens released Rice on Monday after the video, published online, showingÂ him punching his wife Janay Palmer and her falling face down on the elevator floor. Rice, 27, was also suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.
Soon after the video hit the Internet, the Ravens sent out a terse one-sentence news release, saying simply: “The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon.”
“(The video) was something we saw for the first time today, all of us. It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the media on Monday night following a practice.
This was the first time the Ravens punished Rice and it was a unanimous decision delivered during a meeting called by franchise owner Steve Bisciotti and involving general manager Ozzie Newsome, Harbaugh and team president Dick Cass.
Sources familiar with the matter revealed to reporters that Bisciotti first saw the video on television andÂ decidedÂ that be believed the running back had to be released. He called a meeting to confer with other members of the organizational hierarchy.
The NFL then took action, saying that “Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice.”
The Ravens’ decisionÂ to cut Rice represented a complete reversal for the team, even though an Atlantic City police summons stated that Rice caused “bodily injury to Janay Palmer, specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious.”
The Ravens had used words like “respect” and “proud” in referring to Rice following his arrest.
When the NFL announced Rice’s two-game suspension for domestic violence on July 24, Newsome had said, “We respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”
And at that time in late July, Harbaugh had added, “The thing I appreciate about it is how Ray has handled it afterward by acknowledging it was wrong and he’ll do everything he can do to make it right. That’s what you ask for when someone does a wrong thing. So, I’m proud of him for that.”