*It’s not easy for someone to come out publicly and say that they are or were at one time, a victim of domestic abuse. I would think this is especially hard for a man. But a recent video showing Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee unconscious and dragging her from an elevator like a bag of trash seems to be pushing the recall button of a lot of people. The sister of Nicole Brown Simpson (O. J. Simpson) has spoken out; Robin Givens (Mike Tyson) has thrown some shade, and now actor and former NFL player Terry Crews has decided to weigh in on the scandal and talk about abuse from his own personal experience.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” host talks about how the Ray Rice video brought back disturbing memories of violence from his childhood.
“When I saw the video I was immediately taken back to my childhood,” he said. “This is the way I grew up. I used to watch this happen over and over again. It was a post-traumatic-stress experience for me. I used to watch my father hit my mother in the face and watch her go down, and there was some things that just affected me more than I don’t think anyone could realize.”
Crews also voiced his opinion on the NFL and sports culture, which he says values their star players over women.
“I mean, it’s weird because you think of how this cult pact works, and there are always ways to get back in—especially in the NFL. I’ve seen major transgressions done and people still play. The NFL culture, the sports culture, has decided that they are more valuable than women,” the 46-year-old told Entertainment Tonight when asked if Rice would ever play in the league again.
“I’ve heard people laugh about keeping their pimp hand strong and keeping her in control so that she knows her place. But think about how evil that is for one man to think that he’s actually more valuable than a woman, because as a human being your worth is immeasurable.”
And as women who have seen the video still stand in shock at Janay Rice‘s defense of the man who has since become her husband, Crews offers his perspective on her decision. Janay Rice blasted the media for forcing her family to “relive a moment in our lives that we regret” and told people to butt out. But Crews says it might be a bit soon for her to put such an incident behind her.
“I’m not saying it could never work,” Crews apprehensively said to the news site. “I’m not saying that they could never overcome all of these problems, because it is possible, but I am saying that she needs real help. It is way too quick to call it a wonderful life now.”
See the video below where Terry Crews talks to Jimmy Kimmel about his first job in entertainment. You’re going to be quite surprised. Read more at ETonline.com.