There has been, appropriately so, intense and

Maybe This Is How Thursday Night Football Should Start Every Week

## ## James Brown did an epic job kicking off Thursday Night Football tonight.

After the network scrapped plans for what would have been an ill timed debut for Rihanna’s new TNF opener, the CBS Sports host instead opened the broadcast with some poignant remarks about domestic violence and it is a problem that demands action not just from the NFL but from the rest of society.

“Now, let’s be clear,” Brown said, “this problem is bigger than football. There has been, appropriately so, intense and widespread outrage following the release of the video showing what happened in the elevator at the casino. Now, wouldn’t it be productive, if this collective outrage could be channeled to truly hear and address the long suffering cries for help from so many women and, as they said, do something about it.”

But the immediate outcry over the second video, released Monday, prompted the Ravens to terminate Rice’s contract that very day, after which he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL, which at this point still maintains that it had no knowledge of such a tape when Rice got that initial wrist slap.

Even if tonight’s national TV matchup hadn’t involved the Ravens, surely Brown would have addressed the controversy rocking the very foundation of the NFL regardless.

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