On Friday, Robin Givens, who was married to Mike Tyson from 1988 to 1989, appeared on “Today,” calling the released footage of Ray Rice’s violent actions “a game-changer.”
“This conversation has become a different conversation because of that video,” she said “However difficult it is for this poor woman, she will help myself and other women just to be believed that this is indeed possible, that this does happen to women.”
Givens, 49, wrote a Time op-ed titled “Why I Stayed” about her experience in an abusive relationship with Tyson, 48. In it, she writes that after seeing the video of Ray “actually punching Janay Rice unconscious, I thought, this is what happened to me. The only difference was that when I came to, a doorman was carrying me over his shoulder, out of my fiancé’s apartment, and into a car.”
On “Today,” Givens asked, “Why is it that the victimizer becomes the victim? Why is it that we want to protect these men? What is it about our society, what is it about us as women that we feel the need to protect them?”
MTV asked Chris Brown about his thought on Ray Rice and his domestic violence case that has brought this issue, and Brown’s 2009 beating of Rihanna, back into the national spotlight.
“To Ray, or anybody else—because I’m not better than the next man—I can just say I’ve been down that road,” said Brown, 25. “I deal with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too, but it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.”
“It’s all about the choices you do make,” he continued. “…So I think help is great. I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to…if I’m frustrated and I’m dealing with something, to vent and say what I’m going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person, ‘This is how you should react,’ or ‘It’s good to feel this way because feelings, emotions and energy are supposed to come and go. It’s not supposed to stay there, you’re not supposed to keep it inside, because it’ll just bottle up and you’ll become a monster.’”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes the NFL should have stuck with its original discipline of Ray Rice, saying the league was overly influenced by new video showing the running back knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.
The boxer — who has had his own domestic abuse issues — said Tuesday he didn’t think Ray Rice’s original two-game suspension should be changed by the NFL because of video.
“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather said. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”
Mayweather, who spent two months in a Las Vegas jail in 2012, still maintains his innocence even after pleading guilty to reduced domestic abuse charges stemming from an attack on his former girlfriend while their children watched. Had Mayweather not taken the plea bargain, he would have gone to trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison.
Mayweather also was named in a civil lawsuit last week by his former fiancee, who said the fighter assaulted her and kept her from leaving his Las Vegas mansion. In addition, Shantel Jackson said the boxer publicly humiliated her by posting online a sonogram showing her pregnant with twins and then claiming she aborted them.
Mayweather said he has been falsely accused many times.
“Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing,” Mayweather said. “With O.J. and Nicole, you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With (Chad) Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather). So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day.”
Mayweather made his remarks before a small group of reporters at the MGM Grand hotel, where he made a formal fight week arrival for his rematch Saturday with Argentina’s Marcos Maidana.
And now…Stephen A. Smith’s “disgust” this morning on ESPN’s “First Take”:
ESPN’s Josina Anderson just spoke to Ray Rice and his wife Janay on the phone in the wake of his release from the Baltimore Ravens and indefinite suspension from the NFL.
Asked how he was doing, the running back responded, “I have to be strong for my wife, she is so strong. We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and will continue to support each other.”
Anderson has the full account of the phone call and what Janay said in the clip below:
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Columbus Short has appeared to declare himself a fugitive.
As previously reported, a California judge has issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to show earlier this week in his domestic violence case. But, the former “Scandal” star was in Barbados yesterday when he told the crowd he’s packing his bags and moving there for good, reports TMZ.
Columbus has had four run-ins with the law in the last five months, “and aggressively spoke about his disdain for the people who are accusing him of wrongdoing,” according to TMZ.
Also, he cannot be extradited from Barbados since the crimes against him are all misdemeanors.
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice apologized to his wife and all women affected by domestic violence on Thursday, when he held a press conference for the first time since his alleged altercation with his then-fiancee in February.
While Rice declined twice to give details about what happened in that Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator, he said it was a “one-time incident” and expressed his intentions to become an “ambassador” against domestic violence.
“I made the biggest mistake of my life,” he said.
“That night I replay over and over in my head. That’s not me. My actions were inexcusable. That’s something I have to live with the rest of my life. The pain I’m talking about living with is waking up every day, and my daughter is two years old now, and I have a little girl, who’s very smart, very intelligent, and one day she’s going to know the power of Google, and me having to explain that to her, what happened that night.”
Unlike Rice’s press conference in May, Rice made a point to apologize to his wife directly.
“There are many nights that me and my wife sleep together and we still have to deal with this,” Rice said. “And her pain is my pain, my pain is her pain, the one thing I wanted to do today is you know apologize to my wife, who I’ve known since high school. I’ve known her since a kid. I met her in high school and she’s the same girl now, great mother, and she’s a great wife, and she supports me throughout.
“When the time is right, when the time is right, and I say that because you have to fix yourself before you can go out and help others, and when the time is right me and my wife want to go out there and help people, anybody, violence of any kind, especially man on woman, is just not right. It’s not right, it shouldn’t be tolerated, it’s not right for society, no matter what. That’s something I’ll stand by and I have to pay for that.”
There were about 30 teammates who huddled around reporters to listen to Rice’s press conference, including wide receivers Steve Smith and Jacoby Jones, tight end Dennis Pitta, running back Bernard Pierce and kicker Justin Tucker.