In today’s news, Baltimore Ravens’ player Ray Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer were both arrested this weekend for simple assault-domestic violence in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The couple had a physical altercation, in which the report says that Palmer struck Rice, and Rice picked Palmer up by her arms out of an elevator and slammed her on the ground, knocking her out. There is video of Rice’s part of the fight, which was posted on TMZ, but his lawyer claims it does not show the whole incident.
This is reminiscent of Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and his domestic issue with his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada in 2012. The couple got into an argument after Lazada confronted Johnson about her suspicion of him cheating. The argument escalated, and Johnson head-butted her, leaving a visible gash. They divorced shortly after this.
Each one of these instances started with an argument and escalated into physical violence. The public has shared their opinions in each case, some saying that a man should never put his hands on a woman, others saying the woman may have been “asking for it”, either by getting in the man’s face with an issue, or possibly putting her hands on him first. Our question is: Is it ever okay to hit a woman? Yes, no, it depends? And if it depends, what are the limitations?