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Ray Rice saga forces NFL to showcase anti-domestic violence video

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It has been a month since Ray Rice was released from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended by the NFL indefinitely after a video of him assaulting his partner went viral.

Rice was previously suspended by the NFL for two games, but commissioner Roger Goodell has since claimed that he made that decision without the benefit of seeing the damning footage.

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Film debut

The video showed Rice punching his then fiance, now wife, in the face in a casino elevator. Time may have past since then but the dust has not settled. The Adrian Peterson child abuse saga has done its best to overshadow the Rice saga, but the NFL are not hiding, and this week they have released their own anti-domestic violence video with a view to educating players in the league.

The NFL's film features former NFL player Joe Ehrmann addressing the subject of domestic violence in an honest and frank manner in an impressive video, which you can see on THIS LINK.

"A team is a relationship for a cause," Ehrmann explains in the video. "It is an ideal place to help develop boys into men; that are going to have integrity; that are going to be relationally successful in life and also understand they have a responsibility to give back and make a difference."

Around the league

Owners of NFL teams and executives saw the debut of the film on Wednesday, and the message in the film is one of encouraging the NFL to build a team against domestic violence.

Rice's current situation

Ray Rice is currently fighting against his indefinite suspension from the NFL. An investigation into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case is probably going to last so long that Rice's appeal of his suspension could be resolved first.

"Rice spoke recently with the NFL Players Association and asked the union to put his appeal on the fast track in hopes of beginning to restore his name and resuming his career, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday," according to USA Today.

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