Saturday, February 28, 2015
The first video we saw was bad enough. The grainy surveillance video showed NFL star running back Ray Rice months earlier dragging his then-fiance Janay unconscious out of an elevator after some sort of altercation. In a Kobe-esque press conference, Janay sat next to her man holding his hand supporting him as he apologized for his actions. Nevermind he never actually apologized to her. The NFL handed down a two-game suspension and that was that... just another blip on the criminal arrest saga that has come to define the NFL offseason.
Then the second video was released - the video from inside the elevator that showed Ray upper-cutting Janay and knocking her out cold. I texted my producer at The Broadcast the morning after its release and said we had to talk about it during table talk - this video would change everything. For the first time, the NFL was on the defense and losing the PR battle, badly. The only person having the bigger nightmare than the NFL was Ray Rice. As he describes it, he became the most hated man in America, and he was right. He was the poster child for domestic abusers even though there had been plenty of candidates for the job before him... you know, the Ray Carruths of the NFL. I mean hell... Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher killed his three-month-old daughter's mother and then turned the gun on himself back in 2012. Even that incident wasn't enough for the NFL to change how it approached players' off-the-field issues with domestic violence. It was Ray Rice and that now infamous knockout blow that did.
So it's no surprise to me that in an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Rice admitted to contemplating suicide as a result of becoming the most hated man in America. In the interview, he said, "Honestly, I almost felt like at one point that it wasn't worth living. I see why people commit suicide." While some on social media questioned his sincerity (i.e. maybe Rice was continuing to spin the PR wheel; maybe he only regretted losing his millions), I was immediately troubled by his comments. You see, when this whole thing happened a year ago, my first thought was how Rice and his now wife were thrust into early NFL retirement - his ties to his team were cut; his income was gone; endorsement deals discontinued; role model status severed; his identity, no longer. There was an immediate feeling of empathy... in ways, I knew what he and Janay were probably feeling watching his former teammates out on the gridiron every Sunday while he was sitting on the couch. I hoped she had good people around her to support her. I bet there was a loss of a sense of purpose. It probably felt like someone died. Depression had probably set in. Hopelessness. The savings account dwindling. Life after (or in between) football is tough... and until you've experienced it, it is virtually impossible to know what it feels like.
I'm not excusing Rice's behavior - I've been one of his harshest critics. And I'm certainly not comparing our situation to his - I'm married to the sweetest, gentlest, nonviolent giant I know. He wasn't cut... his contract ran out and after literally putting his life on the line over the course of a 10-year pro-ball career, no one wanted him anymore. So in some ways, I do feel like I can relate to some of what Ray (and I'm sure Janay) experienced over this last year. It's hard. Really hard. So hard that former players like Junior Seau are literally killing themselves over it. Many are now beginning to contemplate and understand the depression former players experience - ESPN writer Jim Trotter just wrote about it in a wonderful piece published just this week. So while we can question Rice's sincerity and whether or not he brought all this on himself, I, for one, and deeply troubled about his suicidal thoughts. I don't want to hear about one more current/former NFL player contemplating/committing suicide...
Coincidentally, today is the last day of our NFL health insurance coverage. Former vested players get 5 years of health insurance after their last credited season and 18 months of COBRA eligibility and ours expires at the end of the day. I knew the day was coming but now that it's here, it is a reminder that this chapter in our lives is closed and that life goes on after the NFL. But it's tough. And there are struggles. I hope we're all paying attention to the toll this league is taking on these players and their families. And that folks can find a way to show a little compassion... even for the most hated guy in the world...
Friday, February 27, 2015
We wrapped up a short week on The Broadcast with a bang - my dress from Tootsies Dallas is Jay Godfrey. Now do you see white and gold or blue and black?
The best part about this pic is that my co-host in the pink (the fabulous Lisa Pineiro) had me crackin' up when I was trying to be serious...
After two "ice days" and a declaration of Icepocalypse earlier in the week, we finally got some snow in Texas. Real, bona fide, fluffy white snow. It took me almost an hour and a half to get home from work today but I couldn't wait for the kids to get home so we could go out and play. And play we did!
Of course, most of us around here don't have the proper snow gear. I threw on my Uggs and some mismatched layers while my neighbor Jennifer came outside sporting a full-length fur. I love it!
And Bryn couldn't go outside without her Elsa costume on. Forget Let it Go - Let it Snow!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
With the rough weather that rolled through Dallas this week, we were off Monday and Tuesday. I wore a fun, springy BCBG dress yesterday, but today's dress... OH-EM-GEE! It's Halston Heritage and just sucked everything in in all the right places. I think this one is a keeper! A big ol' shout out to Tootsies in Dallas for hooking us up!
Ryan and I have been supporters of the Autism Treatment Center here in Dallas for the past couple of years. Their Pegasus Ball is one of my favorite charity events every year and we were thrilled to emcee the event last year.
This year, they've made a wonderful addition to their fundraising efforts - a fashion show and luncheon! I'll be working the catwalk along with some of my local celebrity friends in Binzario Couture! It's going to be an amazing event benefiting an amazing local resource for families affected by autism. Please consider joining us or purchasing a raffle ticket! For more information, click here.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The Broadcast celebrates two years tomorrow! We've got a show packed-full of fun and giveaways. Tune in at 10 am or 4 pm CST or online for the live stream to win!
I love my job!
|My new buddy Jazz from the Dallas Zoo was on today's show!|
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
There is just something about a sunrise that gets me...
Every... single... time.
So when I walked into our studio this morning and saw this sight, I had to pause for a minute. The lights were out. The calm before the storm.
It was an early morning for me - I had a scheduled pre-tape for Take Charge Parenting that didn't work out. And that's okay. Because if I hadn't had to be at "the office" early, I wouldn't have seen this. It was a beautiful start to the morning.
We had a very spirited discussion during table talk about children (and adults too, really) being accountable for what they post on social media. Call me crazy, but I think parents are responsible for teaching their kids about safely and respectfully posting on social media. Yes, parents should monitor what their children are doing on Twitter, Snapchat and any of the other mediums our kids are using these days. And I'm always perplexed when someone says, "You just wait until you have teenagers." You know what?!? Bring it. Because by the time my kids are in their teens, I would've hopefully instilled in them the importance of accountability. Yes, they'll make mistakes. But conversations regarding this stuff should happen BEFORE there are issues, not after. Check out the clip and let me know your thoughts.
We had fun on Take Charge Parenting as well. NFL great Drew Pearson stopped by to talk about his new show and to share his thoughts with us on sportsmanship. You can see today's episode here.
My Tootsies look for the day is another gem from Tadashi Shoji - lace is in this season, and I'm lovin' these dresses.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The tent went up weeks ago - a massive, eye-catching structure erected in the parking lot of Dr. Pepper ballpark in our hometown of Frisco, Texas. It was hard to ignore. It drew us in every time we drove by. The show's stars were horses - at least that's what we gathered from the sign next to the 125-foot big top. Odysseo by Cavalia. Yes, we'd have to see this show.
Imagine my surprise and delight when some of the (human) performers from the show made an appearance on The Broadcast last week. A troupe of acrobats discovered on the beaches of Guinea performed for us. Drums. Dancing. Excitement. Yes, we'd have to see this show.
And we did. Last week we were guests at Odysseo's Rendez-vous VIP experience and the show was SPECTACULAR! From the moment the horses first entered the arena we were in aw. There were no trainers... just these beautiful white horses seemingly exploring their surroundings for a couple of minutes undeterred. It was breathtaking. Then the fun began.
I'm not sure who's routines were more impressive - the acrobats who performed a human carousel or the majestic horses galloping around the 80,000 gallon lake that magically appeared before our eyes. All I can say is that Odysseo was like a dream and we were transfixed for the entire two hour show. There are a few more shows in Frisco - Odysseo will be here through this weekend. See it if you can. You won't regret it!! For more info, visit www.cavalia.net.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Guys and gals - I need your help. I have to sell 100 raffle tickets for one of the best prize packages I've ever seen. Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100. But check out what you can win:
*A 4-course dinner for 10 prepared by the Royal Chef himself - Darren McGrady - based on dishes he served to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry. The dinner includes the food and wine pairing.
*Butler service to prepare your table, greet and serve your guests
*An autographed copy of "Eating Royally" for each guest
*Chef McGardy will join your table, greet and serve your guests
*Consulting with the Royal Chef on the menu
*Food purchase, shopping, preparation
*Tables set up and tear down
All of this alone would be well worth the cost of a raffle ticket, but let me add that the winner is also going to receive a $5,000 gift card to Belk!!!!!!
Please consider purchasing a couple tickets - all proceeds benefit the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. Holler!