NFL Defends Two-Game Suspension of Ravens RB Ray Rice

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Amid the national debate that has jumped off on sports radio and social media over the seemingly light two-game suspension of Ray Rice for his domestic violence arrest, the NFL has come out today to defend its decision.

NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch strongly disagreed Monday that the league’s two-game suspension of the Baltimore Ravens running back was nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

The penalty was handed down Thursday and stems from Rice’s arrest after he allegedly struck then-fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City casino hotel elevator in February.

Appearing Monday morning on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike,” Birch addressed the outrage.

“Listen, I think if you are any player and you think that based on this decision that it’s OK to go out and commit that kind of conduct, I think that is something that I would suggest to you that no player is going to go out and do that,” Birch said Monday. “So in terms of sending a message about what the league stands for, we’ve done that. We can talk about the degree of discipline, we can talk about whether or not third parties need to be involved. I would suggest to you that a third party has been involved in this matter and that was the court that reviewed it, the prosecutor that reviewed it.

“But if it is a question about what the principle of the league is and what standards we stand by, that cannot be questioned. I think it is absolutely clear to all involved that the NFL does not condone domestic violence in any way and will not tolerate it in our league. I don’t know how you can reach a conclusion other than that although I certainly respect the opinion.”

In February, video of the incident surfaced online showing Rice dragging an apparently unconscious Palmer out of the elevator. The couple has since married.

Rice pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.

In addition to the suspension, Rice also was fined an additional regular-season game check but is eligible to participate in training camp and all of Baltimore’s preseason games. In addition, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expects the three-time Pro Bowler to continue to attend counseling.

“The discipline that was taken by the NFL is the only discipline that occurred, with respect to Mr. Rice, in this case,” Birch said. “I think that, were he not an NFL player, I don’t know that he would be able to receive any punishment from any other source.

“On balance, we reviewed all the materials, listened to the persons we listened to, took the input of the Players Association. When we looked on balance at all of that, we believe that discipline we issued is appropriate. It is multiple games and hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think that’s fair to say that doesn’t reflect that you condone the behavior. I think we can put that to rest.”

A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Monday that Rice has not appealed the suspension, and the three-day period to do so has now passed.

‘Notorious’ Star Jamal Woolard Arrested for Domestic Violence


The actor who played Notorious B.I.G. in the 2009 biopic “Notorious” got busted this weekend for an alleged domestic violence incident in front of his stepson, according to TMZ.

Jamal Woolard was arrested Saturday night in Gwinnett County, GA after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute.

According to law enforcement sources, a child made the call and said, “Dad hit Mom.”

Woolard, 38, was booked for battery, cruelty to children, and simple assault.


The Game Accused of Beating Fiancee Tiffney Cambridge


The Game is under investigation for felony domestic violence after allegedly beating up his fiancee, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

According to sources, Tiffney Cambridge, filed a police report last weekend after a March 19th incident during which she claims Game attacked her. Cambridge told police the couple was having an argument and Game turned violent.

Sources close to Tiffney tell TMZ that he hit her repeatedly in the face, injuring her eye socket and breaking her nose. Law enforcement sources say police took photos of her face.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has reportedly launched a criminal investigation.

Both Game and Tiffney appear on the VH1 reality show, “Marrying The Game.”

Sources connected with Game tell TMZ, he acknowledges there was an incident, but the rapper insists he never laid a finger on her.

Video: Sheryl Underwood’s Secret Revealed (Grab Some Tissue)


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*All week, co-hosts of CBS’s “The Talk” have revealed long-held and often painful personal secrets — fromJulie Chen having surgery early in her career to make her eyes less Asian, to Sharon Osbourneadmitting she slept with Jay Leno, to Aisha Tyler revealing her fertility struggle and Sarah Gilbert her fears about coming out of the closet.

Friday was Sheryl Underwood’s turn, and it was shocking.

The comedian has said before that she was a twin at birth, and that the baby died at the hospital moments after they were born. But Underwood revealed for the first time Friday that her mother, who never wanted Sheryl to be close to her father, lied and told her that her father killed the twin by accidentally choking her while trying to feed her a bottle.

Underwood also revealed that she witnessed her mother stab her father, and from that point on, decided to look upon her deceased twin as a guardian angel.

Watch below.


50 Cent Charged in Domestic Violence Spat with New Baby Mama

50 Cent*In the process of reporting that rapper/actor/author/businessman 50 Cent has been charged with domestic violence by the Los Angeles City attorney’s office, TMZ also found out dude apparently is a relatively new daddy, too.

Earlier the site relayed info that said Fiddy allegedly kicked his baby mama and destroyed property in her condo last month. Specifically, 50 is accused of causing $7,100 in damage during the June 23 incident, which took place inside the victim’s condo in Toluca Lake, Ca.

50 has been hit with 5 charges in total, including 1 count of misdemeanor domestic violence and 4 counts of misdemeanor vandalism.

If convicted on all counts, 50 could face up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines.

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50 Cent and Daphne Joy

OK, now that you’re up to9 date on the incident, for the record, woman accusing 50 Cent is NOT the mother of his 16-year-old-son, Shaniqua Tompkins. It’s ANOTHER baby mama.

TMZ says the police are saying the victim of the domestic violence incident is a former girlfriend who also has a child with 50.

50 has never publicly acknowledged having a second child … but it appears the woman behind the allegation is Daphne Joy — a model who famously dated 50 for 3 years.

There were rumors the two had a child last fall … but neither 50 nor Daphne ever confirmed the birth. In fact, the L.A. City Attorney seemed to break the news in its statement to the media when it said the victim and 50 had a “child in common.”

We spoke with Shaniqua, who swore she wasn’t the accuser — and we know Daphne lives in Toluca Lake, where the alleged incident took place.

So far, as of this posting, calls to 50 Cent had not responded.

Watch: K. Michelle, Mimi Faust Of ‘Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta’ Release Domestic Violence PSAs

kmichelle psa Watch: K. Michelle, Mimi Faust Of Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta Release Domestic Violence PSAs

If you’ve been keeping up with VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” then you know that cast member K. Michellehas been personally affected by domestic violence.

As Monday night’s episode showed, K. Michelle is stepping up and using her voice to put a stop to violence against women and has partnered up with Saving Our Daughters for a campaign to deliver her message.

Mimi Faust also joined in on the effort, recording a PSA for the organization as well.

The season finale of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” will again address the issue, but if you missed K. Michelle telling her story, click here to watch the full episode. If you want to learn more about Saving Our Daughters, you can visit

Rihanna Recreates Chris Brown Attack in Cuban Film

rihannaRihanna is into some new stuff lately.

In conjunction with her sexy editorial spread in Elle magazine’s May issue, the singer has released a short film with the fashion mag. It’s about her relationship with Chris Brown, and it’s in Spanish.

The film depicts RiRi in short designer outfits, strutting on the streets of Havana, Cuba, circa 1956. She recalls her life, when things were easy and she “had no doubts or worries.”

She paints a picture of her life as it was before this man came into her life.

Then it goes on with how her life unfolds after romance with an abusive boyfriend.

A recreation of the infamous 2009 assault is even in the film.

In the midst of it all, there’s a Cuban war going on.

Watch the preview of the flick below:

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