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Ex-NY Giant George Martin: Ray Rice, 'Take Your Medicine'

By    |   Wednesday, 10 September 2014 06:59 PM

George Martin — a star defensive end for the New York Giants for 13 years — says Ray Rice must prepare to face the fallout following the release of a video showing him beating his soon-to-be-wife.

"It's indefensible, horrific, there's absolutely no excuse for it and there's no place for it," Martin said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I would say to Ray, you just have to take your medicine in this case."

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Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was cut by his team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after TMZ Sports released a video of the attack in an Atlantic City, New Jersey casino elevator last February.

He had originally been suspended for just two games, with NFL officials saying they were unaware of the severity of the attack. Some critics believe the NFL was lenient in order to protect its franchise.

Martin — who was one of the Giants' team captains in 1987 when they won Super Bowl XXI — said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "admittedly blew it" by not disciplining Rice more severely.

"He did not make the right call initially and unfortunately, it's a bit of double jeopardy for Ray and his family, particularly his wife now," he said.

"She's gone through a horrific act and now it's playing out again in the media and for her, it's a painful ordeal. But had the NFL acted appropriately initially we wouldn't have to go through this.

"You didn’t need a smoking gun…. Obviously we could all conclude what transpired…. We didn't need the video to come to that conclusion."

Martin, 61, also weighed in on the controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins, which critics say is racist to Native Americans and must be changed. Some media outlets now refuse to use the name, referring to the team simply as "Washington."

He said the name should be changed, "unequivocally, yes."

"It's a racial slur. The way I see it, it's an unequivocal racial slur, it should not be used…. The less we use those kinds of connotations in society the better," Martin said. "Public sentiment is going against the Washington organization and it's time for them to come to the forefront and change that name."

Aside from his stellar career on the gridiron, Martin, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 245 pounds, is known for his historic 3,003-mile walk across the country to raise $2 million for a health fund for the first responders to the 9/11 terror attacks.

The South Carolina-born athlete began his walk on Sept, 17, 2007 at the George Washington Bridge in New York City and finished it on June 21st, 2008 in San Diego.

"The motivation for me initially was the bravery, the selflessness and the heroism of 9/11 first responders and rescue and recovery workers," Martin told Steve Malzberg.

"I played 14 years in the NFL. Not once was I ever asked to put my life on the line and what I did for 14 years never rose to the level of being a hero.

"What I saw on 9/11 ... the bravery, the courage of people going down there to help protect and secure our freedoms. It was all I could do to say, I need to do something to repay these wonderful people."

Wednesday is the 13th anniversary of the attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington.

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