Most people employed to discuss the game of pro football have had seemingly no idea how to address the Ray Rice case. On Monday, two ESPN commentators awkwardly praised the NFL for a quick response. During Thursday night's Ravens game, most discussion of Rice's absence involved talk of his rushing statistics.
That's what makes this speech by CBS commentator James Brown so remarkable. During the Thursday pregame show, he took two minutes to directly and forcefully talk to the audience about the actual problem: violence against women. This is a major issue — both for many NFL players besides Rice and, of course, society as a whole — but it's one that's literally never discussed during games. Let's hope Brown's speech begins to change that.