White House press secretary Josh Earnest revealed in a written statement exactly how Obama feels about the surveillance footage which shows NFL star Ray Rice beating his wife, Janay Palmer. At the time of the incident, Rice and Palmer were merely engaged. Palmer went on to marry the football player, despite his history of domestic abuse.
Earnest stated in regards to the President’s opinion on the matter:
“The president is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society. Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football — and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”
Earnest had been asked about Rice’s termination during his daily press briefing on Monday afternoon, but since the news broke while he was speaking to reporters, he was caught off guard and unable to offer a definitive statement then from the president.
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