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Ray Rice terminated by team, suspended by NFL after new violent video

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Running back Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Monday. This happened on the same day a shocking video was released by TMZ showing the NFL star knocking out his then fiancee with a punch in February. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who originally gave Rice a two-game ban, increased the suspension after viewing the new video for the first time. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday night that the team had not seen the video before it was released online. "It was something we saw for the first time today, all of us. It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different," he said.

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Opportunity and  Liberty are linked to this story.

Ray Rice had the opportunity to be a role model. Society looks up to professional athletes to do good and now Ray Rice shattered that opportunity. He had a chance at becoming someone who was well liked, but now he is someone that people hate. It will now be up to the courts and the NFL to determine the on-going punishment of his actions and fate. The consequences of his actions may take the opportunity away for him to be on an NFL roster ever again. Liberty does not take place in Ray Rice's life right now, due to his recent actions. Rice may never play football again, taking away his freedom to do whatever he wants. Not one person can just automatically appear on a football team. Ray Rice is now a free agent and can not be on a team when he wants. The liberty is taken away from Rice and so is his career in the NFL.

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