There has been much discussion about the Ray Rice case. From his diversion in the courts to his two-game suspension from the NFL. It wasn’t until graphic video evidence was available that his team, the Ravens, was shamed into action and let him go. I say shamed into action, because what exactly did they think Rice had done in that elevator? After all, the owners are in the business of football and should know exactly what it takes to knock someone unconscious.
Many people are in an uproar over the NFL’s handling of the matter, but the sad truth is men like Rice get off with little more than a slap on the wrist every single day. There is Federal Judge Mark Fuller who beat his wife, but was able to strike a plea to avoid a felony charge. Unless he is impeached he will continue to hold his title as Federal Judge and receive his salary (hope some politicians get on that real soon…and isn’t it kind of incredible that Federal Judges don’t have a code of conduct but NFL players do?). And then there is RadiumOne founder and CEO Gurbaksh Chahal, despite video evidence of him striking his girlfriend 117 times in 30 minutes resulting in 47 criminal counts he was able to plead to two misdemeanor battery charges and get probation with the standard domestic violence education.
The graphic video of Ray Rice’s criminal behavior has thrust domestic violence into the spot light, but lamenting the NFL’s approach and calling for resignation is just lip service. If you really believe that domestic violence is wrong and that the punishments are little more than a bad joke then act according;y. Vote for politicians willing to change the system. Insist on a police force that is able to get domestic violence convictions. Ask if friends need help. And send a message by how and where you spend your money.
Gurbaksh’s spokesperson called his probation and domestic violence classes “a reasonable conclusion of this case.” The police may have mishandled the evidence resulting in lesser charges, but that doesn’t mean Gurbaksh didn’t hit a woman 117 times. He did it, he just got away with it.
***Update. I missed that Gurbaksh was fired after the case was decided. While that is a positive step and shows RadiumOne did the right thing, when there is video evidence why does a company have to wait for the courts? If a company is truly committed to anti-violence shouldn’t seeing their CEO/employee/player beat a woman be enough? And while Gurbaksh might no longer be CEO it is likely he retained stock and so still stands to profit from the company.