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    CBS pulls Rihanna song from Ravens-Steelers broadcast in wake of Ray Rice scandalÂ* - NY Daily News

    CBS pulls Rihanna song from Ravens-Steelers broadcast in wake of Ray Rice scandal

    Rihanna, whose song 'Run This Town' was set to play over a narration by actor Don Cheadle, made headlines in 2009 as a victim of domestic violence at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL this week after video of him punching his fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious was released by TMZ.

    BY Jaime Uribarri
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    Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5:30 PM
    Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News Citing the need to have the 'appropriate tone and coverage,' CBS is pulling Rihanna's song 'Run This Town' from Thursday's Ravens-Steelers broadcast.


    The show must go on for the NFL, just without Rihanna.
    CBS has pulled the singer's opening theme song from Thursday night's broadcast of the Ravens-Steelers game, one of many programming changes made in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, Sports Illustrated reported.
    Rihanna, whose song “Run This Town” was set to play over a narration by actor Don Cheadle, made headlines in 2009 as a victim of domestic violence at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely this week by the NFL after video of him punching his fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious was released by TMZ.
    In addition to Rihanna, CBS is also scrapping a comedic segment planned for the broadcast and will now open its pregame show with a report from Norah O’Donnell, the CBS This Morning anchor who interviewed NFL Commissioner shortly after the latest Rice video surfaced.
    “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.
    SEAN GARDNER/REUTERS Former Ravens running back Ray Rice becomes the newest face of domestic violence.
    “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”
    The NFL Network’s Judy Battista will also report from league headquarters during the pregame show with the latest news from the Rice case.
    McManus added that the network's on-air staff will refrain from offering their opinions on the growing calls for Goodell to resign, although “we will certainly present all the different points of view.”

    CBS pulls Rihanna song from Ravens-Steelers broadcast in wake of Ray Rice scandalÂ* - NY Daily News

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    Janay Rice pictured at home with Ray as she cusses out internet troll | Mail Online

    Standing by her man: Janay Rice is pictured at home with her disgraced husband as she hits back at internet trolls telling them to 'get a f***in' life'

    • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
    • Ray and Janay Rice were pictured on their doorstep on Tuesday morning putting on a united front despite the events of the previous 24 hours
    • The disgraced NFL star was fired after video footage showed him punch his wife unconscious during a fight in February
    • Janay released a statement via Instagram in which she called her husband's sacking a 'horrible nightmare'
    • She defended her husband and called Rice 'the man I love'
    • An internet troll criticized her for supporting him and accused her of staying for the money
    • Janay was quick to fire back and told the troll to 'get a f***in' life!'
    • Ray tells Baltimore Ravens he's given up hard liquor - while it is believed couple have both been baptized as Born again Christians

    By David Mccormack for MailOnline
    Published: 14:42 EST, 10 September 2014 | Updated: 03:57 EST, 11 September 2014

    Standing on their doorstep on Tuesday morning, Janay and Ray Rice put on a united front as they sought to come to terms with the events of the previous 24 hours which had seen the NFL star lose his job after video footage of him knocking his wife unconscious had emerged.

    The couple looked relatively relaxed considering the massive upheaval of the day before, events that Janay described as a ‘horrible nightmare’ on her Instagram account.

    In a statement posted in her account early on Tuesday, Janay professed her love for her husband and condemned the media for their coverage of the incident.

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    Janay and Ray Rice put on a united front as they stood on their doorstep on Tuesday morning and sought to come to terms with the events of the previous 24 hours which had seen the NFL star lose his job


    Janay hurled expletives at Instagram user Gossipallday who had criticized her for supporting her husband and accused her of staying with him for the money

    '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,' she wrote.

    Not long after she found herself receiving comments from internet trolls that caused her to make her account private.

    Before she did, Janay hurled expletives at one user who had criticized her for supporting her husband and accused her of staying with him for the money.

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    ‘Girl shut the hell up!!! Weak ass little girl!!! How dare you, excuse your HUSBAND'S behavior for a check??!’ commented Gossipallday

    Janay quickly fired back, 'And who asked you! B**** bye get a f**king life and stop worrying about mine. Typical lame broad.'

    Janay's Instagram account is now private, but Gossipallday posted the exchange and her own reply.

    'You mad boo? I'm not the one that beat your ass, your HUSBAND did that. Of do you need to watch the replay I keep watching every time I turn on my television!? Your sad lady! And you need HELP! Someone needs to call iyalna [TV relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant] to fix your life!!'


    Rice, who was not only got cut by his team but also indefinitely suspended by the NFL said on Tuesday that he was being 'strong' for his wife and the couple were in 'good spirits'


    All smiles: Despite losing his job Ray Rice still manages a smile when a man arrives to deliver some flowers

    Ray recently told the Baltimore Ravens that the brutal assault was fuelled by hard liquor and that he has given it up as a result.

    He claimed both he and his wife had been drinking heavily on the night and that they have both decided to change their lives, although he is still happy to drink wine, TMZ reports.

    It is believed that the couple have also become deeply absorbed in religion and were both baptized as Born again Christians in March, one month after Rice knocked his wife unconscious.

    As part of the transformation, the pair have taken part in religious mentoring meetings with other couples, including NFL players and their wives.
    Both Janay and her husband released statements on Tuesday in the wake of the release on Monday of video of him punching her so hard that she lost consciousness in a elevator in Atlantic City in February.

    Rice, who was not only got cut by his team but also indefinitely suspended by the NFL told ESPN via telephone that he was being ‘strong’ for his wife and the couple were in ‘good spirits.’

    'I have to be strong for my wife,’ said Rice. '[Janay] is so strong. We are in good spirits.'

    'We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this.'

    After Rice spoke, he handed the phone to wife Janay who said: 'I love my husband. I support him. I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter.'

    Rice also texted CNN and said: 'I'm just holding strong for my wife and kid that's all I can do right now.'


    Disgraced former Ravens running back Ray Rice spoke publicly on Tuesday for the first time since he was fired on Monday in the wake the release of an explosive video showing him beat his wife Janay unconscious

    Earlier on Tuesday Janay, 26, had posted a statement on her (now-private) Instagram account in which she professed her love for her husband and condemned the media for their coverage of the incident which she called a 'horrible nightmare'.

    '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,' she wrote.

    'No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family.

    'To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.

    'THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!'

    The couple married in March of this year, just a month after the now infamous incident in Atlantic City that was captured on security cameras.


    Janay Rice posted a statement on her (now-private) Instagram account on Tuesday morning in which she professed her love for her husband and then condemned the media for their coverage of the story



    On Tuesday night, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence to say he was aware footage existed from inside the Atlantic City elevator, but was not allowed to see it.

    In the exclusive interview with Norah O'Donnell of CBS This Morning, Goodell tried to head off the flood of criticism that has been aimed at the NFL and Baltimore Ravens for their handling of the incident.


    Games developer EA Sports is removing Ray Rice from Madden NFL 15 later this week

    Asked when he first learned there was a second, damning tape that showed exactly what occurred between Rice and Palmer in the Revel Hotel elevator in February, Goodell claimed it was on Monday morning.

    The surveillance tape from inside the elevator came after a separate tape was made public in May showing Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée through the elevator's doors - and piling further doubts to the NFL's story that they were unaware a brutal assault had taken place.
    Asked why TMZ could get hold of the video and his multi-billion dollar governing body could not, Goodell said that the NFL preferred to work within the law.

    'Well, I don't know how TMZ or any other website gets their information. We are particularly reliant on law enforcement,' said Goodell.
    'That's the most reliable. It's the most credible. And we don't seek to get that information from sources that are not credible.'
    However on Monday, sources at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City told TMZ that the tape of the brutal attack had been available and was given to the police and Rice's attorney - but the NFL never asked for it.

    Asked if the NFL had conducted an inept or willfully ignorant investigation, Goodell chose his words carefully.


    Damage limitation: Roger Goodell told CBS News on Tuesday night that despite being aware footage from inside the Atlantic City elevator existed, the NFL was not allowed to see it

    'Well, we certainly didn't know what was on the tape,' said Goodell.

    'But we have been very open and honest. And I have also - from two weeks ago when I acknowledged it, we didn't get this right.
    'That's my responsibility. And I'm accountable for that.'

    O'Donnell asked Goodell if he really needed to see the actual video of Rice punching Palmer in the face to increase his ban from two games to indefinitely.

    'No. We certainly didn't and that -- and I will tell you that what we saw on the first videotape was troubling to us in and of itself,' said Goodell.

    'But what we saw yesterday was extremely clear, it was extremely graphic and it was sickening. And that's why we took the action yesterday.'

    At a press conference in May she had said that she regretted her role in the fight in Atlantic City. 'I do deeply regret the role that I played in the incident that night,' she said.

    The Baltimore Ravens tweeted on Tuesday that fans will be able to exchange their 'Rice 27' jerseys at stadium stores following his dismissal.

    Nike also announced that it was terminating its endorsement deal with the player, the same action it took previously with shamed high-profile athletes such as Michael Vick and Lance Armstrong.

    The company is the official uniform supplier for the NFL and Rice also endorsed Nike footwear since 2008.


    A longer version of the assault tape surfaced on Tuesday in which the couple can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and Janay appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back


    The sickening tape emerged on Monday of Rice knocking out his then fiancée Janay Palmer with a single punch in the elevator in February

    I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this.'

    Sports training equipment manufacturer Vertimax had already ended its contact with Rice in June. He had already been removed as a spokesman for East Coast-based M&T Bank and BodyArmor after his February arrest.

    According to Forbes, the running back was estimated to earn $1.6 million a year in endorsements prior to the elevator incident.

    Video game publisher Electronic Arts also announced that it would scrub all traces of Rice's image from the Madden '15 game, the oldest and most popular football video game franchise.

    Security footage of the sickening attack emerged on Monday and shows Rice knocking out his then fiancée Janay Palmer with a single punch in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

    Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time.

    At a press conference in May, the couple both appeared and called the incident 'mutual combat'. The Ravens tweeted that Janay 'deeply regretted her role in the incident'.

    The couple then married just a month after the incident.


    I do: Just a month after the vicious attack that left her unconscious, Janay married Rice at a no expense spared wedding

    In the wake of the tape's release on Monday, the running back had his $40 million Baltimore Ravens contract terminated and he was also suspended indefinitely from the NFL.

    The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a longer version of the assault tape had been made available to them.

    The tape includes audio and the couple can be heard shouting obscenities at each other.

    Janay appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back right before he throws a knockout punch in a video revealed by a law enforcement official.

    The higher-quality video shows Rice made no attempt to cover up the incident.

    After Palmer collapses, he drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, 'She's drunk, right?' And then, 'No cops.' But Rice didn't respond.

    The video was shown to the AP on condition of anonymity because the official isn't authorized to release it.


    The Baltimore Ravens tweeted on Tuesday that fans will be able to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys at stadium stores


    'Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!' wrote Janay Rice on her Instagram account on Tuesday in response to he release of previously unseen video of her husband beating her

    If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels
    Condemnation of Rice came from the highest level on Monday with President Obama adding his personal disgust over the sickening violence.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest released a short statement following consultations with the President

    The statement read: 'The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.

    'Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors.

    'Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.'

    Vice President Biden also weighed to the controversy on Monday, saying that he believed the NFL 'did the right thing'.

    ‘So, you know the first reason the NFL responded to my view: there are so many women fans in this billion-dollar industry,’ he told NBC, adding, ‘so all of a sudden they said, “Wait a minute, he got suspended for a couple games? Whoa, that’s not enough.” Then, they get a little more sensitized. And then it was longer.’

    He went on: ‘And then when the video was out there, and saw how brutal it was, the Ravens did the right thing - fired him immediately. Now, you can argue, they should have done it sooner, they didn’t want it. Whatever the reason is, it’s happening.’


    At a press conference in May, the couple both appeared and called the incident 'mutual combat' and the Ravens tweeted that Janay 'deeply regretted her role in the incident'


    Condemnation: White House spokesman Josh Earnest (left) spoke with President Obama regarding the issue of Ray Rice on Monday and the president agreed for a strongly worded statement to be issued to denounce the Baltimore Raven running back's actions in February

    The statement from President Obama on the incident followed a damage limitation exercise from the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL on Monday amid increasing incredulity they had never seen the video before.

    A defensive and evasive Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, gave a press conference on Monday evening where he claimed that the franchise hierarchy only viewed the shocking footage for the first time that day - just like everyone else.

    Harbaugh admitted that despite a thorough internal investigation after Rice's February arrest, no one from his organization had ever seen the elevator footage - which means that if TMZ had never independently obtained and released the video, Rice may never have been fired.
    Rice was originally suspended for two games and coaches and others had praised his behavior since the arrest for striking his then-fiancee in February.

    The Ravens decision to fire Rice on Monday represented a complete reversal for the team, even though an Atlantic City police summons stated that the NFL star had caused 'bodily injury to Janay Palmer, specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious.'


    Rice and Palmer married in March, just a month after the incident. They had been dating since 2008 and have a daughter, two-year-old Rayven


    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters, Monday, in Owings Mills, Maryland

    The Ravens had used words like 'respect' and 'proud' in referring to Rice following his arrest.

    When the NFL announced Rice's two-game suspension for domestic violence on July 24, Newsome said: 'We respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be.

    'That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.'

    Asked on Monday night if Rice misled him, Harbaugh said he didn't want to get into 'all that.'

    'I don't think of it that way. Everything I said in terms of what I believe, I stand by,' he said. 'I believe that still, and I'll always believe those things, and (we'll) always stand in support of them as a couple, and that's not going to change.'

    Rice said in a news conference this summer that his actions that night were 'inexcusable.' But the Ravens never took action against him until after the second video was released.

    The NFL, which has been working hard to promote the game to women, also took action after the explicit video was released. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely.


    Despite shocking video footage of her husband knocking her unconscious, Janay Rice has spoken out in favor of her husband on Tuesday and attack the media for highlighting the incident


    After Janay collapses, Rice drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, 'She's drunk, right?' And then, 'No cops.' But Rice didn't respond

    'We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,' NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Monday morning.

    'That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.'

    Rice's lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.

    Rice, 27, stood to make $4 million this year.

    'Obviously, any video that depicts an act of violence in that video is disturbing to watch. For our union, we have an unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included,' NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said at the Seahawks' facility in Renton, Washington. 'It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today.'

    He had been charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record.

    After Goodell drew criticism not being tough enough on Rice, he wrote a letter to all 32 NFL owners in August saying he 'didn't get it right.'


    Another message posted by Janay Rice on her Instagram account in July asked people to 'stay off my page' if they didn't have anything positive to say


    The couple held a joint news conference in May, where Rice apologized and Palmer said the incident was partly her fault, to the alarm of domestic abuse counselors

    First-time offenders now face a six-game suspension.
    R
    ice began his suspension Sunday, when the Ravens opened their season with a 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He was scheduled to return after Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh.

    He leaves the Ravens as the second-leading rusher in franchise history, behind only Jamal Lewis. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Rice is the team's career leader in total yards from scrimmage (9,214) and is the only player in Ravens history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.

    But those are mere numbers, and his actions in that elevator shed a new light on him.

    'I'm not going to go into what he told us or anything or if it matches or if it doesn't,' Ravens receiver Torrey Smith said. 'That doesn't matter. What matters is what you see. It wasn't a pleasant sight at all.

    'Rice hasn't spoken often to the media since his arrest, but on July 31 he said this is 'something I have to live with the rest of my life.'
    He added: 'I know that's not who I am as a man. ... I let so many people down because of 30 seconds of my life that I know I can't take back.'

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    Roger Goodell is a weasel, and I sincerely hope he's forced to either quit or gets the boot. He's handled this entire incident badly, and seems to do whatever he pleases as the commissioner.

    And Janay Rice - wake the fuck up, dearie, before you and your daughter are harmed further - or worse.
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    So Rihanna was canceled because she was a victim? Shame on her for getting her face in the way of Chris Brown's fist.
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    This is all so ugly and awkward!
    WHY is she sticking around? She'd better leave and get a good lawyer so she can get hers before his money dries all up.
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    Janay looks a little bit like Eve.
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    Whose business is it if she stays or not??? Just maybe she's not being abused!! Maybe they are working it out in therapy!! Maybe he's not OJ and her the next Nicole!!
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    This whole thing is a clusterfuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *DIVA! View Post
    Whose business is it if she stays or not??? Just maybe she's not being abused!! Maybe they are working it out in therapy!! Maybe he's not OJ and her the next Nicole!!
    Molly, she in DANGER, gurl.
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    It was OK to play Rihanna's song as long as she was the only victim of violence?
    I don't understand the decision of pulling the song now: if they really cared about abuse victims, they would have never used that song from Rhianna in the first place. Maybe - since Rihanna is also a victim - instead of damaging her again, they could have used a new song, of those she made after she and Chris Brown has split?

    The life of abuse victims is extremely hard and I never understood how difficult it would be for them to break free from their abuser, until I read a book by Lunfy Bancroft - which I strongly suggest as it is an eye-opener. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...es_He_Do_That_

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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    Molly, she in DANGER, gurl.
    I don't believe so
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    I have really mixed feelinsg about this entire case. I am clear on one - Goodell must go. As for Ray and Janay - I will never condone domestic violence but feel we need to step back and look at the facts of the case.

    I find myself wondering if he has a history of violence. At his age it is unusual to suddenly begin to be violent with women. Have past women from his life come forward to report issues? Perhaps this was the first time, he really has stopped drinking and is working within therapy and/or his church/faith to become a better man. I personally can find no excuse to make domestic violence acceptable from a man or a woman and in this case they were seen hitting each other. He delivered the knock out punch to end the fight. But we do not know if she was a victim previously? Was she hitting him because they have a history of violence? Only she can answer that and she's siding with her husband and asking the public to stay out of their business. I have seen couples who have overcome domestic violence and go on to build strong, peaceful, loving familes. Perhaps that could be the future for Ray and his wife. They have the added burden of working this out in the public eye. Is it fair to make Janay the face of domestic violence without her consent?

    The video is so shocking that it causes an instant reaction of outrage and the desire to want to see swift and immediate action against him. But what action is appropriate beyond the court proceedings? The NFL is trying to rehab their image due to the many arrests of its players for various reasons in the last few years. They tightened rules on domestic violence and then used them retroactively in this case. I do not see how this is legal. Here is a clip of an article about the new policy effective Aug 28th.

    The N.F.L.’s New Domestic-Violence Rules
    On Thursday, in a letter sent to the owners of the National Football League’s thirty-two teams, the commissioner Roger Goodell introduced new punishment guidelines for any league personnel who commit offenses relating to domestic violence or sexual assault. The first offense would draw a six-game suspension, without pay, while the second would lead to immediate banishment from the league. There are, however, caveats: the first suspension could be shorter or longer, depending on “mitigating factors”; and anyone who is kicked out after a second offense will be able to apply for reinstatement after a year. The new policy also includes calls for increased training and counselling for league employees.

    It seems to me that the Ravens and the NFL were happy with the suspension for a few games until the video surfaced and caused public outrage. Now they are overreacting to quell the complaints. I believe the punishment must be based on the rules that were in place at the time of the incident.
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    Having watched that video where he knocks her the fuck out and then drags her out and leaves her lying in the elevator doors, he is getting what he deserves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    Having watched that video where he knocks her the fuck out and then drags her out and leaves her lying in the elevator doors, is he is getting what he deserves.
    It was the level of violence - I mean, he hit her like they were going at it in a boxing ring - that was so shocking. He knocked her OUT. And now it's recorded for posterity. People can't NOT say anything. It's seen. It's known. Can't take it back.
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    A lot of people are trying to shoe-horn this situation in to what the more typical DV relationship and roles look like and making a lot of assumptions about what the progression of violence and control in their relationship must have looked like. A whole life story is getting made up from this one clip. Which is hard for me to get because so far what we see in this clip is 2 people using violence in an argument. One happens to have more strength in their one punch than the other did in their multiple times of hitting. But who knows? Maybe this is not normal for her, maybe it is normal for him and there is a long case of the typical DV dynamics here. Whatever the case, I still feel she is in danger. Whether because he is often battering her, or because one of the times he retaliates against her, his strength is going to hurt her or kill her.

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