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Joy Taylor: Probably Not First Time Ray Rice Abused Janay

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 04:18 PM

It is very unlikely that the video circulating of ex-Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice punching his wife, Janay Rice, was the first time she was abused by her then-fiancee, says Joy Taylor, co-host of the "Ticket Morning Show" in Miami, Florida and sister of former NFL player Jason Taylor. 

Taylor told her own story of living through an abusive relationship in an article published Monday on the website of Miami Sports Talk Radio 104.3 FM/790 AM. 

The Miami radio host told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Wednesday that the video of Rice abusing his then-fiancee is "hard to watch" because of her personal experiences and that she doubts it was the first time there was violence between the couple. 

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"It's my opinion that that is not the first time that something violent has happened between the two of them," she explained.

"That's just my opinion, but I would say if it's the first time something physical happened with them, it certainly is not the first time that an argument has gotten toxic between the two of them," she said.

She explained that abusive relationships get progressively worse.

"You can see from their reaction before the elevator and even on the elevator before he hits her that you know, spirits are very high," she added. "I don't know their relationship or anything about it, I'm speaking solely from my situation."

According to Taylor, "the first time my abuser was violent with me . . . I should've seen it coming because there was a progression of mental and emotional abuse and control issues and very aggressive behavior that led up to that situation happening."

Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after the video was released by TMZ. He was also cut from the Baltimore Ravens football team. 

"The problem of domestic violence is obviously much, much bigger than the NFL, but the NFL has a responsibility to its millions of fans both men and women, young and old to show that they won't tolerate domestic violence in their league," Taylor said.

"It's not just Ray Rice, there's plenty of other athletes who play in the NFL who have had issues with this and that's why Roger Goodell decided to increase the suspension, which I agree with," she said.

She explained that while it helps that those guilty of domestic violence may have to spend time in jail, it's also important that the NFL crackdown on these problems as well.

"Saying that if you're a part of this organization, this type of behavior will not be tolerated will discourage some people from acting that way and the NFL has a responsibility to do that," she added.

Rene Renick of the National Network to End Domestic Violence told the "MidPoint" host that while domestic violence is a cultural problem, "there are some things that are particular to professional sports that we do need to pay attention to, and one is that we give athletes a lot of leeway and often don't hold them accountable for their behavior."

Renick explained that the problem often "starts when they're playing high school and college sports and it continues into professional sports and so they may not suffer the kinds of consequences that the rest of us might."

As a result, they develop "a sense of entitlement that really can be a great breeding ground for domestic violence."

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It is very unlikely that the video circulating of football player Ray Rice punching his wife, Janay Rice, was the first time she was abused by her then-fiancee, says Joy Taylor, co-host of the "Ticket Morning Show" in Miami, Florida and sister of former NFL player Jason Taylor.
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