The Baltimore Ravens terminated their contract with Rice and the NFL has suspended him indefinitely. President Barack Obama (who has two daughters) commented on the situation saying, "Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football, and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it."
That is one of the elements that is so disturbing about this situation. This isn’t some kid off the street who doesn’t know what fatherly love feels like. No, Rice is a grown man and the father of, believe it or not, a precious beautiful little girl. He presumably feels this fatherly love whenever he gazes down into her eyes. One wonders did the thought even cross his mind momentarily how he would be sickened at the thought of someone beating down his baby girl? That should have been enough to draw back his fist before it met flesh because even though Palmer is his wife now, she too started out as someone’s bouncing baby girl.
Palmer expressed anger and frustration in an Instagram post today saying, “No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his [butt] off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!”
And that perhaps is the saddest commentary of all. Palmer, and many other victims of domestic abuse have convinced themselves, or allowed their significant others to convince them, that this is what “real love” is. If you or anyone you care about is in this situation, please convince them to get help before their partner loves them to death.
National Domestic Violence Hot Line Number 1-800-799 (SAFE) 7233 has operators at the ready to help 24 hour a day, seven days a week. They only have the power if you don’t tell.