Something’s Got To Change

Written February 20th, 2014 by Jeff

Over the weekend, we had another incident. No, not with a Buckeye, but with our culture itself.

If you haven’t heard or seen the reports, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with domestic assault of his fiance, Janay Palmer.  Palmer was also arrested for the altercation and reports are still emerging, but it appears to be a violent episode.  There’s footage of Rice trying to drag her unconscious body from the elevator (presumably to the couple’s room).

There’s no argument to be made here that this type of violence is unique to athletes, but the most highly-publicized cases of it seem to come from sports figures.  It should go without saying that something needs to be done to stem the tide.

Over the summer, Ohio State fans were witness to a series of events that threatened to shake up the Buckeyes’ roster when top running back Carlos Hyde was accused of assaulting a woman at a bar.  Video footage supported the accusation of assault, but also laid the groundwork for a legal defense for Hyde (i.e. it appeared as if the female in question may have struck him first).

Let’s get this clear right away – there may be a legal defense that will prevent a conviction, but there is no excuse for assaulting a woman.  None.

Hyde was never charged for his actions that evening, but Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer took a stand.  Hyde was suspended for three games (and sat for most of the fourth game, tallying only five carries).

2013 was supposed to be Hyde’s big year, a potential Heisman ballot and a first-round draft pick were on the line.  Missing 1/4 of the season ended those hopes, and Hyde showed remorse following the Northwestern game (week 6). Read More

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