The Week in Review - 11/12/14
This week, the world provided no shortage of news that captivated our attention, fueled the trolls and justified procrastination at work.
It seemed every corner of the globe was offering up shocking news daily!
Over in Europe, Scotland inched ever-closer to succession from the UK.
In South Africa, Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
In Canada, Mike Tyson lost it on a reporter after his rape conviction was brought up in the interview.
In the Middle East, the Islamic State (or ISIS or ISIL or simply those f’n crazies) was served notice that a coalition of countries has formed in a determined effort to quell their brutal ideology and expansion.
And globally, we had two stories on successive days that sat firmly on opposite ends of the spectrum. One day, Apple claimed the world’s attention with their annual product launch, showcasing the possible future of technology. The next day, we received the unnerving news of a solar storm barreling towards earth which could render that very technology moot by downing power grids, communication systems and GPS.
All in all, a fairly complete slate of goings on!
But by far the news that had most people consumed, certainly in the US, was the release Monday of what has now become know as “The Full Video.” This of course refers to previously unreleased footage of NFL star running back Ray Rice brutally punching his wife in the face and knocking her out cold.
Yes, we had already seen the aftermath of that incident a few months ago; Rice dragging the limp body of Janay Palmer (now Rice) out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. Giving her a little nudge with his feet. Seeming annoyed that she wasn’t getting up on her own. Shrugging and raising his hands in frustration as if to say, ‘C’mon, get up. Take a punch like a champ.’
Just seeing the aftermath though, for some insane reason, wasn’t damning enough. Rice was given a 2 game suspension. That’s it. He was not fired. His team publicly supported him. Ideas were floated that maybe it wasn’t that bad. Sure, there might have been a push, maybe even a slap, but she could have lost her footing… knocked herself out? After all, she still married him a month later.
But then we finally saw what actually happened in the elevator and everything changed. There was no more “ambiguity.” There was no more “well, maybe’s.” Aside from Floyd Mayweather, that model moral authority, the world was rightfully disgusted. The Baltimore Ravens fired Rice, the NFL upgraded his suspension to “indefinite”, sponsors couldn’t drop him fast enough and the league commissioner seems destined to lose his job after it was revealed that his office did in fact have the full video all along.
There are so many aspects to this story that should and does elicit anger and disgust. Like Keith Olbermann so perfectly proselytized, the fact that the NFL punishes players who smoke joints, or cheat, or punishes teams that pay bonuses for more crushing blows; the fact that these incidents are met with harsher penalties than when a grown man, an athlete, a FOOTBALL player knocks his wife out, regardless of how it happened or the form his fist took, is beyond disgusting. It is sad.
Here’s to next week offering up some happier fare. Apparently Kid anyone?