In CBS‘ inaugural Thursday Night Football coverage of the Ravens against the Steelers, commentator James Brown dedicated a large portion of his pre-game interview to the Ray Rice assault video.
In his speech, James touches upon Janay Rice‘s tragedy, past domestic violence incidents in the sport, and, even more importantly, the fear women have to endure outside of football throughout the country on a daily basis.
His statement is ever-so poignant and we think James and CBS addressed the important topic impeccably well.
“I challenge the NFL community and all men to seriously confront their problem of domestic violence. Especially coming on the heels of murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Yet, here we are again, dealing with the same issue of violence against women.
Now, let’s be clear, this problem is bigger than football. There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of the video showing what happened inside the elevator at the casino.
But, wouldn’t it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, could be channeled to truly hear and address the long-suffering cries for help by so many women, and, as they said, do something about it?
Like an ongoing comprehensive education of men about what healthy, respectful manhood is all about. And it starts with how we view women.
Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says, ‘You throw the ball like a girl,’ or, ‘you’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women. And attitudes will, eventually, manifest in some fashion.
Women have been at the forefront in the domestic violence awareness and prevention arena, and whether Janay Rice considers herself a victim or not, millions of women in this country are.
Consider this; according to domestic violence experts, more than three women per day lose their lives at the hands of their partners. That means that since the night of February 15th, in Atlantic City, more than 600 women have died.
So this is yet another call to men to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their words, their deeds, and, as Deion (Sanders) says, ‘To give help, or to get help, because our silence is deafening and deadly.'”
It’s incredible to see that someone is finally taking the matter seriously over at the NFL, and doing so so publicly.
We don’t have anything else to add to this moving and thought provoking speech.
Ch-ch-check out James Brown’s awesome, and we mean literally awesome, statement (below)!!!
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