ESPN drops the bomb that Ray Rice told NFL's Roger Goodell in June he had hit wife (9,230 shares). "ICYMI My latest @ESPN: Four sources contradict Goodell that after meeting w/ Rice, it was 'ambiguous' what happened," Don Van Natta shares. "So that’s the end then. You just got Van Natta’d," Blake Hounshell concludes.
And by the way, in cased you missed it, here's a quick transcript of James Brown on Thursday Night Football (140 shares). It's a call to arms against domestic violence and the mistreatment of women, and it's an emotional read. "The NFL doesn't deserve James Brown steering one of their expensive ships. He's too good for them," National Post's Eric Koreen declares.
In the wake of all this fallout, CBS announces changes to its Thursday Night Football coverage, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reports (5,640 shares). "CBS has changed its Thursday Night Football pregame show including pulling @rihanna opener," Deitsch further explains on Twitter. Although Business Insider's Tony Manfred pointed out, "CBS took the Rihanna intro off Thursday night football. CBS lets Chris Brown perform at the Grammys every year."
Even so, a few Ravens fans kept on wearing Ray Rice jerseys at last night's game--and a surprising number of them are women (2,903 shares). "I don't believe in domestic violence. Any woman who can hit a man, a man shouldn’t have to sit there and take the abuse. The abuse goes both ways," said one woman interviewed, adding, "As a woman, she shouldn't have hit him. If I hit you, I would expect you to hit me back." Or as Michelle Beadle chose to interpret it, "My name is Kathy. I'm making a statement. I'm a moron." After listening, The New Yorker's Caitlin Kelly simply tweeted, "ban humans."