Many have criticized the Ravens handling of Ray Rice’s domestic incident involving Janay Palmer – particularly the press conference that they hosted enabling Rice to make a public statement on the matter.
Rice was understandably uncomfortable.
“Uncomfortable” would actually be an understatement.
From a media perspective the press conference was a debacle. Rice’s behavior was interpreted by many to be insincere and poorly thought out.
Instead of a prepared statement he read notes from his cell phone.
Despite the charges and the infamous video of Rice attempting to drag his knocked down, knocked out fiancée out of an elevator he reasoned to the world that he wasn’t a failure.
“Failure is not getting knocked down, it’s not getting up.”
Poorly chosen words of wisdom to say the least.
There was no affection shared with his wife, nor a public apology to her.
And perhaps worst of all, this really wasn’t a press conference. It was intended to be an event, part of a carefully crafted legal strategy to help clear Rice’s name and rebuild his public image.
It failed because Rice would not address questions and failing to do so raises suspicions, it reeks of insincerity and comes off as a poorly veiled cover up.
The presser/public statement missed the targeted mark yet it wasn’t as bad as many others have described it. Rice isn’t a public speaker and his is obviously a very embarrassing situation. But I do believe he was and is sincere because I’ve seen first-hand how he cares for children and his community; gives of his time and his resources.
That speaks to me more than a botched presser.
Still, the questions that the media wanted to ask but couldn’t, will not go away. If anything they may become more intense, more pointed, more personal.
And for the team, the answers will now come closer to the season or in-season and that could prove to be an unwelcomed distraction for the entire organization on and off the field.
Answer the questions and get it over with Ray!