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In February of 2014, former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was arrested following a violent physical altercation with his then fiancee Janay in a hotel elevator after a Valentine’s Day outing. Photos of the incident soon hit the Internet and Ray faced a 2-game suspension as the NFL began their investigation. Months later in September of 2014, the world cringed after footage of the altercation in full was leaked and showed Ray knocking his fiancée out cold with a punch to the face before attempting to drag her out of the elevator unconscious. The NFL suspended Ray indefinitely following the release of the video.

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Much has happened since the video was released in full. Ray’s now-wife Janay has spoken out on multiple occasions to defend her husband’s actions and justify why she chose to stay with him following the incident. Ray was also reinstated as a free agent after he appealed the NFL’s decision to suspend him indefinitely and won. Now, in the latest turn of events, the judge presiding over Ray’s case has confirmed that all domestic violence charges against him have been dropped.

According to NBC News, presiding Judge Michael A. Donio officially signed an order dismissing the domestic violence charge after following Ray’s completion of a “pretrial intervention program.”

Among the requirements for completion of the program were anger-management counseling and 1 year of probation. Completion of the program also allowed him to avoid formal prosecution on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault.

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  • mmmdot

    Horrifying/. Ugh. Seeing many average, everyday Black “males” find a way to blame Janay for being knocked unconscious by her fiance reinforced the fact that ALL men of ALL races subject Black women to misogynynoir. People do not address the fact that in a patriarchy women need protection, because men already have it. This protection is shelled out based on the social “value” of the women who need it. A big part of the survival of women is dependent on the protection allotted to them in patriarchy.

    Black women are stereotyped as being “strong”, incapable of feeling human pain, and sexually deviant.These inane stereotypes increase our exposure to gender-based violence. Black women are more likely to be raped, murdered, and beaten by strangers OR loved ones than any other group of women in America. Eradicating the misogynoir that oppresses and harms Black women and girls calls for people to delicately balance Black women’s need to be protected from violence and misogyny with a desire to eradicate patriarchy and paternalism.

    • Batgirl19XX

      Isn’t it funny, really? Women have to be protected FROM men by OTHER men…

    • mmmdot

      I’ll say this: There are OBVIOUS disparities in PHYSICAL SIZE and STRENGTH between men and women. Women are men’s psychological,
      emotional, and intellectual equals, but generally speaking, the average man is relatively physically bigger and stronger than the average woman. The biggest punks are the ones who go all macho and beat up on women or others less physically strong than themselves as opposed to someone who is more EQUAL in physical size and strength.

      I respect men who know the *APPROPRIATE* times to use their physical size, strength, aggression, and dominance. Being ready and willing to use your physical size and strength to protect your family from dangerous, intrusive, and rapey men = cool, totally understandable, and very sexy. Using your physical size and strength to control, intimidate, frighten, silence, and abuse women and others who are smaller than you = you’re a misogynistic bxtch azz “male” and I have absolutely no respect for you as a man. Like I said: Eradicating the misogynoir that oppresses and harms Black women and girls calls for people to delicately balance Black women’s need to be protected from violence and misogyny with a desire to eradicate patriarchy and paternalism.

  • Wow, wow, wow. I was watching Mad Men earlier and in the episode the women were being talked down to, told how to dress & act. “Don’t talk to a man like that” and I thought about how far we’ve come as women. Then I see stuff like this and think how far we still have to go. So sad.

  • stylecreator

    TOTALLY RIDICULOUS JUDGMENT, NOT EVEN WORTH DEALING WITH, SOMETIMES THIS JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS NO RATIONAL ~~!!