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Da Gambler’s TSL Top 10 Sports Stories Of 2014: #2 Ray Rice Is A Victim of NFL Culture… And Unrealistic Moral Standards

The 2014 TSL Season in Sports was another action-packed, multi-layered experience with athletics once again crossing over into national news and sparking social and political conversations on race, wealth privilege and homosexuality in pro sports.

The 2014 TSL Season in Sports was another action-packed, multi-layered experience with athletics once again crossing over into national news and sparking social and political conversations on race, wealth privilege and homosexuality in pro sports. Conversations that are offspring of the emotionally-charged fabric of athletic competition and our country's dependence on it. 

Records were broken on the field and revelations were made off of it, as the changing dynamics of a far-reaching sports landscape forced Americans to look into the mirror and evaluate their own morals, beliefs and character.

Here's another TSL piece I wrote that I consider a must-read as we reflect on the most important sports stories that we covered with our bold, culturally unique, eloquent and impassioned flavor. 

The Ray Rice elevator incident probably incited a wider range of emotions than any sports story we covered this year. It resonated across so many cultural and ethnic lines and brought the issue of domestic violence to the forefront of  America's consciousness. 


Ray Rice Is A Victim…Of NFL Culture And Unrealistic Moral Standards – The Shadow League

Let me preface everything I say for the next century concerning Ray Rice with this: Yes the scumbag should be out of the NFL for many reasons other than the fact he assaulted his then-fiance. The released video was compelling stuff and he instantly became a PR atrocity for a billion-dollar business that gets the bulk of its money from corporations and family-supported entities.


JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The Deputy Editor and Senior Writer is in his 23rd year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, magazines and national TV.

His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.