This is a thing that happened. A man in peak physical condition, possessing strength that would put the average person to shame, was caught on video dragging his unconscious, much smaller fiancÃ©e (now wife) by the hair out of an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City.
You can watch it here.
What occurred prior has not been made public, but according to witnesses thatspokeÂ to Deadspin, the alleged assailant threw an â€œuppercut,â€ while another said he struck her â€œlike he [would punch] a guy.â€
The gentleman in question isÂ Ray Rice, star running back for the NFLâ€™s Baltimore Ravens. Today, it was announced that as â€œpunishment,â€ he will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season, andÂ leviedÂ an additional fine of $58,000 in addition to a prorated loss of salary.
If you think two Sundays of sitting at home seems like a fairly light slap on the wrist for what by all accounts was a brutal assault, youâ€™d be absolutely right, especially in light of the punishments that the NFL has meted out for other transgressionsâ€”namely those that concern performance enhancing drugs and/or controlled substances.
Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns is looking at a year on the sidelines for marijuana and alcohol use. Granted, heâ€™s a repeat offender with what appears to be an actual substance abuse issue, but Ace Sanders, the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver, just got four games for a second violation.
Daryl Washington gotÂ sent home for a season, butÂ notÂ because he got busted for two counts of aggravated assault of his girlfriend, for which he received a yearâ€™s probation.
And the list goes on and on.Â ViaÂ Aaron Gordon of Sports on Earth, hereâ€™s a list of the 27 players that have been suspended since 2006. According to the NFLâ€™s math, a helmet-to-helmet hit that occurred during a game is the equivalent of Riceâ€™s vicious attack.
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