September 12th, 2014
10:05 AM ET

Domestic Abuse and the NFL

Did NFL executives see video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee inside a casino elevator?

Perhaps as critically: Did they even need to?

On "New Day" Friday, ESPN's Jemele Hill doubted the league's ability to handle domestic abuse if it took video proof of the incident for the league to take more serious action against the player.

“Somebody telling you they punched their wife shouldn’t be any different than you seeing it," Hill said.


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September 11th, 2014
10:18 AM ET

Sen. McCain Wants to See President Obama Use Airstrikes in Syria

Senator John McCain isn't yet convinced President Obama's strategy to combat ISIS will bring about a 'favorable result.'

"I'm not yet convinced that it isn't gonna be just half-measures and isn't just reacting to polling  numbers," McCain told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "New Day" Thursday.

When pressed on what Obama could do to convince the lawmaker, McCain said the President could begin using airstrikes in Syria 'tomorrow.'

McCain said: "If he is worried about targets, I can give him targets in Syria."


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September 11th, 2014
07:36 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – September 11, 2014

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Michaela Pereira's morning minute now!

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September 10th, 2014
11:53 AM ET

Wife of Former NFL Player Says Ray Rice Shouldn't be Banned From the League

When the elevator footage of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released this week, where Rice is seen striking his then-fiancee, public reaction was clear and consistent.

A torrent of criticism, shock and sheer fury was unleashed upon Rice, the Ravens and the NFL, which resulted in the quick termination of Rice's contract and a finger-pointing game of "who knew what when."

What few could understand, however, was the mindset of Janay Rice, Ray Rice's now-wife and victim in the video.

Why did she stay? What are the choices one faces in abusive relationships - with added public scrutiny?

Dewan Williams, wife of former NFL player Wally Williams, had a frank and challenging conversation with Michaela Pereira on "New Day" Wednesday about the Rice fallout, and the sometimes subjugated roles of NFL wives.

Williams also detailed her own experience with domestic abuse.

"When you reach out, you're left on an island by yourself," she said. "I was told by coaches, in our particular situation, I was told not to talk to the media. Not to talk to anyone, not to get an attorney."

Williams believes aspects of football culture could potentially foster abusive home lives.

"You have these men that are playing a very violent sport, and it's okay to use aggression and to enforce their will on someone else in the football field," she said.

Yet despite Rice's admitted guilt, and the incriminating nature of the footage, Williams maintained that Rice is merely being used as an example in the wake of a public backlash.

She said she doesn't think Rice should be banned from the league and hopes that he can one day return to the NFL.

"I feel that he's being punished because the lights have been turned on," she said.

"He’s being made to pay for things that have been ongoing."


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