Perrish Cox: Why Hosts Say What Ex-Bronco Did Was Worse Than Ray Rice Fiancee Beating

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First, the Rice matter. Video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee from an elevator was already widely available -- yet he had been given only a two-game suspension for the incident. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell subsequently admitted that the punishment had been too light and instituted new, stronger domestic-violence policies for the league, including a six-game suspension for a first offense -- although he stressed they wouldn't be imposed on Rice retroactively.

But everything changed after TMZ shared footage of Rice inside the elevator punching his fiancee in the face. Here's the clip, which may disturb some (make that "many") readers:

Shortly thereafter, the Ravens cut Rice and NFL administrators suspended him indefinitely while claiming that no one at the league offices had seen the second video -- an assertion that's widely doubted. Meanwhile, Rice's wife -- who refused to testify against him, undermining any possible prosecution -- posted the following on Instagram this morning:

No such public statement of support has been made on behalf of Cox by the woman who accused him of raping her -- because in June 2013, she settled a lawsuit against him and Thomas, with the agreement calling for confidentiality by all parties. But we have the suit, as well as the arrest affidavit against Cox, and they spell out some disturbing allegations.

Here's how I described the central claims of the lawsuit in a June 2012 post:

"On September 5, 2010, according to the narrative, Doe, Smith and several other women gathered at a friend's home to prepare for an evening of revelry at Club Beta, the locale of a Labor Day weekend event called 'White Party.' They recall having one drink apiece before being driven to the bash, and a small number more over the course of several hours, before connecting with Cox and Thomas and being invited to a private VIP area at the club for 'bottle service.'

"There, the suit claims that they were surprised when presented with lemon-drop shots, which Cox and Thomas urged them to down. Doe, who's said to have been 'deliberately limiting her alcohol consumption because she had a modeling shoot out of state the following work week and wanted to minimize any excess weight or bloating,' nonetheless concurred -- and shortly thereafter, both of them became "incapacitated" despite having glugged too little booze to have left them in that condition, the complaint maintains.

"Doe is said to have been so disoriented after the lemon drop that she walked away from her group and was found 'wandering the streets of lower downtown Denver' by Cox and Thomas. As for Smith, who also caught a ride with the players, she reportedly has no memory of anything between being at the club and vomiting in Cox's bathroom. The suit claims these symptoms are consistent with the consumption of 'date rape drugs' such as GHB, 'a drug of choice and easily obtained by NFL athletes,' the suit allows.

"Back at Cox's place, Doe remembers kissing and being genitally fondled by Thomas on an air mattress he used as a crash pad before passing out. Thomas confirmed that she lost consciousness during "sexual contact" during a conversation with police, the suit argues. But on the stand at Cox's trial, he changed his tune to assert that he had stopped his actions because he was a gentleman and the air mattress and circumstances weren't sufficiently romantic.

"An unconscious Doe was allegedly transferred from the air mattress to Cox's bedroom, with Thomas testifying that he'd told Cox she was 'ready' -- for intercourse with the latter, presumably. Due to this statement and Doe's condition, among other things, the suit states that Thomas should be held partly responsible for what happened next. 'In the early morning hours of September 6, 2010," the document says, "one or more men ejaculated into the vagina of Doe, who was physically incapacitated and unconscious.'"

Damning stuff -- yet while the Broncos, unlike the Ravens in the Ray Rice case, promptly cut Cox after his arrest, a jury ultimately found him not guilty of the charges against him. Why?

Continue for more about the Perrish Cox case, including two the arrest affidavit and lawsuit.
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