Keith Olbermann Speaks Out About Sports Sexism, Calling For “Basic Human Respect”

by Emma Tilden

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on camera, dragging the unconscious body of his girlfriend Janay Palmer out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. In the video, Palmer is limp, and though Rice tries repeatedly to prop her body up, she continues to fall to the ground. 

Now he has been suspended for two games. I’m sorry, what? Two games? That is an insultingly brief suspension! 

The NFL maintains that the punishment is, in fact, quite stringent. It’s going to cost him around $700,000—of his $15 million signing bonus. 

No. Not acceptable. Not acceptable at all. 

And people wonder at the violence against women that our society fosters—this is it, people. Right here. We’re teaching ourselves that women have no value—at the expense of their lives. 

Keith Olbermann responds:

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