Images of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his woman unconscious off a casino elevator were tough to watch and haunting. It was even tougher to watch him cold cock his then fiancé in released video tapes.
However, it is proven to be a blessing in disguise and has been a trigger on how we treat domestic violence. We saw it play out in Ann Arbor when senior defensive end Frank Clark was kicked off Michigan’s football team after a domestic violence charge where police say he grabbed his girl friend by the throat and slammed her to the ground.
If this has happened a year ago I am convinced Clark would still be a member of Michigan’s team. That was a time where coaches let the legal process play out while they allowed guys to play as long as possible. And many in the public supported it. Many wanted to blame the woman, especially men.
However, there is a new way of thinking. Athletes are dumb to attack women these days. Clark lost a lot that night. He won’t finish his career at Michigan and it will be very difficult for teams to draft him during the NFL draft.
If you are an athlete or know of one there is only one piece of advice. I do not care what a woman says to you. I do not care what she does to you. You must walk away. Swallow your male pride and walk away. The consequences are real and they can ruin you.
We always say do not strike a woman. It is not enough to say it any longer. Now you must abide by it.
I have never struck a woman. I never will unless she is coming at me with a gun or knife.