Since Ray Rice’s violent actions in Las Vegas were caught on camera, NFL players have been a bit mum on the situation. It’s expected as domestic violence is a tough issue to speak on (see Stephen A. Smith for proof), but New England Patriots tight end D.J. Williams gave his two cents on the situations amid training camp.
Patriots tight end D.J. Williams, who grew up in an abusive household as a child, offered his perspective on the issue.
“I just, my belief is, when it comes to the situation like that, being physical with a female or a woman is just not an option,” Williams said. “I understand people are raised different and everyone has their own opinion but that’s something I am outspoken about and that’s just something I believe in.”
Williams’ sentiments reflects the thought of many. Seeing the video, it’s clear that Rice was unable to control himself.
Recently, Rice was suspended for 2 games by the NFL because of his domestic violence act, and the suspension has been heavily criticized since. The NFL dropped the ball on setting a clear precedent on domestic violence. Instead of making Ray Rice a poster child for domestic violence, they made it a low priority in comparison to suspensions for marijuana, HGH, etc.
Hopefully the NFL will learn from their mistakes and make a bigger statement the next time they find themselves in this situation.