ESPN's "SportsCenter" stopped running the elevator video Tuesday morning
We can finally end the assault on Janay Rice by taking the elevator video off the 24-hour, TV hamster wheel since it no longer holds any probative value. The video has been used as exploitative and is more than damaging for the victim. The video is precisely more about Janay Rice not being able to address the problem properly since she is taking a long time to properly assess who really is behind all this chaos and jeopardy in her life. According to a source, who has personally experienced domestic violence, "There is no dignity in being a victim.” This came after Janay Rice posted something heartbreaking on Instagram.
She had written "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media and unwanted [opinions] from the public [have] caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing... What don't y'all get? If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all the happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels."
The video stopped showing on ESPN after its "SportsCenter" decided not to use it again unless there was some specific reason to do so. A decision made by ESPN.com also shows that the video will no longer be featured as well. However, up till Tuesday evening, other TV channels along with some websites had still been using the video. It makes perfect sense to move forward and forget about the video now but airing the video was also a good decision because it has created a lot of awareness. It has shown the real side of domestic violence to those who hadn’t realized what the phenomenon truly is. The video also forced Roger Goodell and the Ravens into taking Ray Rice's misdeed seriously.
The same source who has commented on this situation and went through the real shackles of domestic violence said "Janay Rice is a victim of domestic abuse. We all watched her get struck repeatedly on that video ... but what comfort does that give her? We can only imagine what it felt like for her to be the recipient of those punches. What must it feel like for her to watch herself in that situation? To know that every single person she has ever known can watch her get beaten by her now-husband, to get dragged out of an elevator, her skirt upturned in a most unflattering way. How must that feel?"
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