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Dr. Ben Carson “Stop ‘Demonizing’ Ray Rice”

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September 9, 2014 by The ReadyWriter


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Dr. Ben Carson, who is contemplating making a run for president in 2016, has taken sides in the controversy over the termination of Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice.

In an interview with Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show”, Carson urged viewers not to “jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy.”

Rice was indefinitely suspended from the NFL after gossip tabloid TMZ released shocking new elevator video footage showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer and callously dragging her from an elevator at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Feb. 15.

“Let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy,” Carson said. “He obviously has some real problems. And his wife obviously knows that because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help.”

Carson’s remarks follow the release Monday of a TMZ’s video of the incident, in which Rice appears to strike his now-wife Janay Palmer twice in an elevator and knock her unconscious. The Ravens announced the team’s decision to oust Rice, via its Twitter account.

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115 thoughts on “Dr. Ben Carson “Stop ‘Demonizing’ Ray Rice”

  1. alscream says:

    I agree O_o cuz they BOTH fucked up!

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  2. alscream says:

    Wassup Trace?

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  3. Nicole says:

    she allegedly spit in his face 😦 b4 the smack down knock out!

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    • Wanda says:

      she allegedly spit in his face 😦 b4 the smack down knock out!
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      Well then that explains why he spit on her. Lord knows I’m going to someone’s jailhouse if I ever get spit on.

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      • Tamala says:

        she allegedly spit in his face
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        Dayum! Looks like she was drunk too.

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      • Xmen says:

        she allegedly spit in his face
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        which provoked him all the more.

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      • SlickRick says:

        she allegedly spit in his face
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        Spit is nasty. Full stop. Its also assault. Why not let them go to jail instead of you? 😡 I’m just asking. I have def whooped a bitch azz for much less.

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      • bird says:

        she allegedly spit in his face 😦 b4 the smack down knock out!
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        Well the video showed that he spit on her before he even got in the elevator. He also has a history of spitting on folk.

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      • HarlemGirl says:

        she allegedly spit in his face
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        Spitting O_o oh hail Naw….that’s the worst you can do to me. I don’t even play when folks speak and a little spit come out their mouth.

        I be like “Hole up, check that chit coming out ya mouf!!” 😆 You almost spit on me!!

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      • cameo1 says:

        she allegedly spit in his face
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        so for that he knocked her unconscious? O_o

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  4. Nicole says:

    Morning people.

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  5. Acquitta says:

    Ain’t no way in hell he woulda knocked my azz out and live to regret it 😛

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  6. Bobby says:

    And she still married him O_o

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  7. Wanda says:

    Ben Carson retired from Johns Hopkins… These Baltimoreans don’t play about their Ravens 😦

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  8. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    “He obviously has some real problems. And his wife obviously knows that because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help.”
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    I agree with this…

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  9. Keisha says:

    She knew what he was like before she married him.

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  10. 2thick4you says:

    Dear Uncle Ben,

    Please STFU!!
    No one is demonizing Ray Rice. He did an awesome job of doing that himself. Let this be a lesson to ALL that there are consequences for any and all actions.

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  11. Tamala says:

    I can bet this was not the 1st time Rice whopped dat azz.

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  12. shawnia says:

    I’m so OVER THIS!! 😛

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  13. Xmen says:

    Look at her face tho O_o I betchu she blame herself for all of this.

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  14. Felicia says:

    This? Is the hottest topic right now 😥 can’t wait till this dies down.

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  15. Civil says:

    The incident is not new. Why in the hell did he get fired for a tape that showed a different damn camera angle of footage? The end result was the same. And they all knew said result BACK IN FEB.
    Janay Rice aint even call police on Ray. I DO think he needs some help and she does too which makes this a PRIVATE matter for THESE folks.

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    • Yvonne says:

      Morning, Civil. Look at another way for a second, please. By making an example of Ray Rice, his employer could very well save the life/lives of other DV victims. Doesn’t matter if Janay WANTED charges brought. This did not happen in private, but before the public, with video. Therefore, it is no longer private and his employer should, in my humble opinion, make an example out their situation so that the others who are beating their wives or even thinking about it will STOP, think and go get help before someone dies. No?

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  16. Olivijah says:

    Janay look like the money hungry fool because he beat her and stayed with him.

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  17. Floridagirl says:

    I was watching GMA this morning and they say that he may have a legal case. Something like double jeopardy. Is it fair that he was punished twice for the same crime?

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    • Zenna says:

      Is it fair that he was punished twice for the same crime?
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      He was already tried and convicted of this in the public back in Feb! When the shit came up again the other day I was confused like did he hit her again?

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      • Anthony says:

        Is it fair that he was punished twice for the same crime?
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        Trust and believe that Goddell knew about this when it first happened, but because it would paint Goddell in a less-flattering light, he had to take action. I would not doubt that there was an agreement reached that if the tape were ever released more serious actions would have to be taken.

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      • bballen says:

        Is it fair that he was punished twice for the same crime?
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        The NFL isn’t a court of law, so 5th amendment doesn’t apply to this case. The NFL could easily say something to the effect that given to recent developments he was released from his team.

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      • Nicole says:

        double Jeopardy is in criminal cases not domestic 😆 sorry people

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  18. bird says:

    I hate the rehashing of shit and then it being sensationalized.

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  19. Adriane says:

    She said on IG now the family has to relive it and they are taking steps to move from it. She already had the memory of being knocked out now it is there for everyone to see and Lame stream capitalizing off of it. Either way she look like a damn fool!

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  20. Zenna says:

    The message she posted on Instagram :no: was cryptic

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  21. Daisy says:

    You know his agents lawyers coaches and the team owner sat her down and basically said you gotta say something to help Ray out or you are gonna ruin his career. He gonna be broke and not able to take care of his child etc.. Rodger Goddell interviewed her with him sitting there. What else do ppl think she was gonna do? She prob was and is scared of him 😦

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  22. Miss Ang says:

    jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy.”
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    UMmmmmmm lil buddy I’m gonna 😡 STOP you right there because he made himself look like a damn demon when he hit that girl like her head was a pinata and he was trying to get some damn candy then picked her up like a damn sack of potatoes. No sir I think you need to sitcho azz down.

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  23. Lisa says:

    The NFL can do what they want. They are a private org. I believe while they may not have physically seen the vid, they knew the content. Also, did they think she passed out? That vid in Feb alone should have gotten him suspended for up too at least 6 games. You want someone’s head call for the resignation of Goddell. They spend millions on security, investigations but didn’t get this video?! No, they wanted to be ignorant of it.

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  24. bballen says:

    People don’t get the full gist of the situation by the end result. That’s why a lot of people acted like Rih deserved that beating. They saw the end result, but they don’t know what it looks like to inflict that kind of injury on someone. Seeing it shocks the senses. But the NFL didn’t care anyway. They wanted their guy. He only got fired because of the response to the video. Not because of the video itself.

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  25. Neisy says:

    OK. I saw Mrs.Rice IG post…..it almost made me not feel bad for her. But the facts in my head are as follows and will not change (to me):

    He cold clocked your ass. That makes it his fault, not the media. Place the blame where it belongs.

    The NFL been knew. The only reason he lost his job is because now we know. They did not really care.

    Ray Rice should of been locked the hell up. PERIOD!

    I hope they don’t have kids, because is this what you’re teaching your daughter? That’s its OK for a man to hit you!?

    I feel bad for this woman that she is so accepting of this foolishness.

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  26. BillyBoy says:

    Michael Strahan was like you notice the NFL have not made a statement. No one wants him around them or on their team he said. Dude ain’t playing this season, but if Vick could come back for killing the beloved white mans pet, so can he.

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  27. Val says:

    During this press conference he admitted to striking her in the face. Was it not bad when he said it? O_o

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  28. Pamela says:

    This just came to the attention of the public. wow!

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    • Nicole says:

      This just came to the attention of the public. wow!
      ^^^^^^^^^^^
      Ummm no it did NOT. From Feb 19 2014. From USAToday.

      Ray Rice struck his fiancee and knocked her unconscious during an altercation at hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., last weekend, according to a summons from Atlantic City police. Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, were both arrested Saturday morning and charged with simple assault-domestic violence after an argument at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Rice is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 25 at 9 a.m.

      Video posted by TMZ shows Rice lifting Palmer by her arms out of an elevator and laying her on the ground. Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, confirmed to the Baltimore Sun that the video is authentic but incomplete.

      Diamondstein could not be reached immediately by USA TODAY Sports.

      “The video that has been put up by TMZ shows the very end of what transpired between Ray and his fiancee,” Diamdonstein told the Sun.

      In a press release Sunday, the Atlantic City Police Department stated that Rice and Palmer struck each other.

      The Baltimore Ravens told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday that Rice and Palmer “returned home together after being detained.”

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      • Pookie~Nem says:

        I never saw the video. And from what was said and now watching, this should of been the punishment from jump. If the Rice family moved on too bad. That’s a crime he committed. Why was he never charged!? He assaulted her.

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      • Mahogany says:

        Why was he never charged!? He assaulted her.
        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
        I am not sure why he wasnt. He still might be. Her charges were dropped. Her azz need some too if they know she spit on him. That is a form of assul. as someone else stated. This whole damn thing is a mess. Yes he shoulda have gotten a stiffer punishment from the jump. But he didnt.

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      • RandomChick says:

        Why was he never charged!? He assaulted her.
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        He was charged. If he completes his intervention the charges will be dropped.. the police and prosecutors saw THIS video. Not the drag her one…the actual punch along with the other one.

        I think ppl not realizing the grand jury CHOSE to drop her charge and upped the ante on his.. :containedface: but when Ray (who IS a frist time ON RECORD offender) agreed to counseling, they did what they normally do…the offered that. Im not mad at him for getting what ALMOST ALL WOMEN BEATERS get…the system been showed the DGAF about chu on that front. He have to damn near kill you for it to even be a felony in some states..

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  29. Princess says:

    O_o I think he needs a suspension. I’m sorry the Ravens/NFL didn’t take it seriously but is there no statue of limitations when you control the rules and the NFL does.

    They have that new DV policy. Start him under that or something but I think with full sincerity that he got off lightly and I betcha he knew that too. Maybe he thanked God and prayed for forgiveness and showered Janay with love every waking moment..unfortunately we aint privy to it..looks like he continued on with life if you ask me. This is the punishment he should have had initially imo.

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  30. QTip says:

    Look at that girls face in that freeze frame. She looks defeated if that makes any sense.

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    • Kayla says:

      Look at that girls face in that freeze frame. She looks defeated if that makes any sense.
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      She just looks like a battered woman to me. How sad

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  31. Coco says:

    I wish the media understood that repeatedly playing a video of the incident while saying how sorry they feel for her is stupid and counterproductive. You are making her relive that moment everytime it comes across her tv screen O_o dumb asses!

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  32. Crystal says:

    So no- one watched the press conference?
    I can see if he lied during that press conference and said she was passed out drunk and then we saw this video.
    He offered up the info to the media then 😦

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  33. Sane says:

    That video has been around since Feb. Did folks not see it 7 months ago? Folks had talked about it and moved on. The Rice family had moved on. Atlantic City Police Department had moved on. For the Ravens to say oh you suspended for XX amount of games, back in Feb and then now be like oh we changed our minds…now your azz is fired…7 months later is some SKRAIT BS.

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    • Pookie~Nem says:

      The Rice family had moved on
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      Them getting married don’t mean they moved on. Business as usual is not a good thing here.

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      • Yvonne says:

        7 months later is some SKRAIT BS.
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        it is but karma is a bitch and you never know how or when she is coming to get your ass. all you know is that she IS coming and you will deal.
        …….but I cant give any fux for a nigga with 25 MILLION US DOLLARS.

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      • Mahogany says:

        The video was out. I saw the fight before and when he walked out the elevator leaving her slumped on the ground like a sack of taters 😦
        it has been out. It’s just now TMZ made it even more mainstream and them folks have caught wind of it. It’s more that black twitter famous

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  34. Starr says:

    When this came out I knew this wasn’t the first time that ninja tagged her head. Looking at her face let’s me know that this is a norm. What adds insult to injury is this ninja did a lot for anti-bullying campaign, oh really sir???

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  35. Pookie~Nem says:

    I think seeing the video makes it real 😥

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  36. Yvonne says:

    And her. Mrs. Rice. I want her to run. I want her to get the hell outta there cause he aint done beating her azz. Girl you in danger.

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    • BigBelly says:

      Yvonne, she better run cuss everybody keep saying that was not the first time he knocked her azz out or prolly won’t be the last time either. Which I agree on. Look at her up there. She got her azz stomped when they got to the house most likely. Now he done lost his job. So make an example out of him while putting her further in danger? That is a good idea?

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  37. RandomChick says:

    They were both charged with Assault and I guess we just not ever gonna get the video of when this started or it’ll be out Feb 2015 O_o

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  38. AnnonoymousOne says:

    Goddell needs to be fired. Period.

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  39. BigBelly says:

    The video of him dragging her off the elevator was out. And all over the news at the time.

    This video of him knocking her ass out and her hitting her head was just released yesterday.

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  40. Omar says:

    Any time a man is an example of what NOT to do for black boys who will follow his lead, and a future headache for little black girls who will become the girlfriends and wives of those little black boys who will follow his lead – as a community, we SHOULD demonize his a$$.

    We should suggest help and hope that he gets it and then extend to help him back up – but not until AFTER he’s shown us that he’s remorseful, learned a HARD lesson, and is READY to work his way back into the good graces of respectful black folk.

    What we should NOT be doing as a community is hugging this violent mf and patting him on the pack with a “poor RAY” thought process because the message it sends to impressionable black kids who already have a ROUGH a$$ future ahead of them is that beating up a black woman will make HER self-worth even lower because society has suggested that abuse is OK as long as it’s OK with you.

    As one of the Ikette’s told Anna Mae Bullock in “Love Ain’t Got a Gat Damn Thing to Do Widdit!” – “It is NEVER OK to let some mother f*cker pound on your face!”

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  41. Ebony says:

    To a victim it’s not as simple as just leaving. More women are murdered trying to leave. A woman is more likely to be killed by an intimate partner. She’s made to feel worthless. For everyone it’s just not that simple. 😥

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  42. Applebottom says:

    I don’t think DV is private. Murder aint private.. 😦 I don’t think its their business. 😦 I think its everybody business.. like if you beat a child like that, that’s my business. I’m making it mine..if I saw him hit her, instincts take over. 😡

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  43. Pinky says:

    Ray needs counciling

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  44. cameo1 says:

    They dragging Janay’s ass all on twitter O_o she da victim but apologizing for allowing her face to interfere with Ray’s fist… WTF kinda shit is that?

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  45. Ashanti says:

    The sad thing is most women would let a man treat them like punching bags if he brought home million dollar paychecks.

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  46. gia says:

    I just hope they dont end up on Iyanla’s show. just go to counseling, go on vacation, love up on each other and chill. the stress of it all cant be good. they should be enjoying their honeymoon phase not this shyt.

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  47. Adam says:

    Its a Fucked up situation all around. It CANT be easy no matter how it’s sliced.

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  48. Yes says:

    It’s all about the money, the fame and the status of being a NFL wife

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  49. Jamilla says:

    Honestly next year he will be back in the league and she will be right there at his side. If she wants to endure her abuse thats her cross to bear.

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  50. Bobby says:

    over this shty dot com O_o next !!

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  51. AnnaB says:

    Like a Timex – she takes a beating and keeps on ticking!

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  52. Browngirl says:

    He beat her azz and she mad cuss them checks been cut off. wow!

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