PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, December 12, 2014

Obama: NFL ‘Behind The Curve’ On Rice Case

Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Ray Rice and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension from the NFL after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama says the Ray Rice domestic violence case showed that the National Football League was “behind the curve” in setting policies about athlete behavior. He says new policies now in effect will send a message that there is no place for such behavior.

He says in an interview Friday with Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio that “an old boys’ network” at the NFL had created “blind spots.”

He says: “You don’t want to be winging it when something like this happens; you want to have clear policies in place.”

He says the Rice case raised awareness about domestic violence and showed men need to change their behavior and “it has to start young.”

Obama was promoting sign-ups for his health care law, which has a Monday deadline.


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 20 2 Comments

Olympic Swimmer: After Russian Doping, ‘No Confidence’ Of Fair Competition In Rio

Olympic athletes from around the world are outraged at the latest doping allegations out of Russia.

May 20 12 Comments

Oklahoma Bill Criminalizing Abortion Is Most Likely Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, unless it is to save the life of the mother.

May 20 Comment

The Rich, Sexy History Of Oneida — Commune And Silverware Maker

Once proclaiming free love and breeding for a super race, Oneida, New York became known for silverware production.

May 19 Comment

The Latest On The Missing EgyptAir Plane

We speak with Phil Ewing, NPR's national security editor.