Several of the players at the center of the NFL’s domestic violence crisis of 2014 got second chances. Greg Hardy got a second chance, with a reduced suspension, no less. Ray McDonald got a second chance, even if he already blew it. Not Ray Rice, however, possibly because he became the poster boy of the domestic violence and also had video evidence of his crime broadcast to the world.
With most NFL teams preparing to report to training camp and Rice still not on a roster, it seems likely that the 28-year-old running back will be sitting out a second straight season in 2015. You’re not likely to find a lot of people bemoaning the fate of Ray Rice but, for what it’s worth, an organization that pushes for men to stand against domestic violence is making the bold assertion that Ray Rice deserves another chance at playing football.
The co-founders of A Call To Men, a national organization that encourages men to end violence against women, are advocating that former Ravens running back Ray Rice be given a second chance in the NFL.
Tony Porter and Ted Bunch, co-founders of A Call To Men, each of whom has worked with Rice since November, believe that Rice deserves an opportunity to be an NFL running back again.
“We have been around a lot of abusive men, but our experience with Ray has been tremendously positive,” Porter said this past weekend. “We feel strongly about him having the opportunity of having a second chance. He’s deserving of it.”
Porter and Bunch say they’ve had a lot of interaction with Rice over the last nine months and came away impressed with his accountability and commitment to be better. It’s doubtful these comments alone are going to sway an NFL front office into giving Rice another shot, though if a team does decide to bring him along, you can best believe that team will point to this group as one that has been impressed with Rice’s behavior over the last year.
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— Over the weekend, an Arena League player celebrated a touchdown by performing The People’s Elbow. That’s an appropriate wrestling trademark, as the big boot and the leg drop definitely would send the wrong message these days.
— Chris Long is closing out his final days before training camp by teaching his bulldog to play the piano.
Trying to get chubbs a scholarship pic.twitter.com/zwtLlork4Z
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) July 27, 2015
— A Harvard study, that basically amounted to a guy adding up the Approximate Value of the best 13 players on each team, concluded that the Dolphins will be the AFC’s best team. Of course a formula that doesn’t account of Joe Philbin has Miami doing well.
— Speaking of the Dolphins, they haven’t had THAT many clunkers, have they?
"We haven't had a ton of clunkers" should be the Dolphins' 2015 motto. Inspiring. pic.twitter.com/et0zlGeHtT
— Kevin Clark (@KevinClarkWSJ) July 27, 2015
— Jonathan Martin is retiring from football. A shame that he departed the 49ers before doing it or he could be part of the hottest trend in the NFL. Of course, Richie Incognito remains in the league, so it’s clear that racism is the key to longevity. How else do you explain Jerry Richardson living into his 80s?
— Osi Umenyiora is in talks with the Giants to sign a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of the team. No word on whether Jason Pierre-Paul’s finger is looking for the same deal.