White House denounces domestic violence in wake of Ray Rice incident

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during his daily briefing Monday.
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The White House on Monday night weighed in on domestic violence in the aftermath of running back Ray Rice being cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

“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,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. 

An elevator video of Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer earlier this year surfaced Monday.

“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,” added Earnest in the statement. 


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