The NFL has been mired in controversy since news emerged that former Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancée in an elevator. The NFL initially suspended Rice for two games, sparking public outcry that the league does not take violence against women seriously. It took a viral video of the punch for the NFL to fire Rice.
CBS Sports addressed the issue during its Sept. 11 broadcast of the Ravens-Steelers game, but only fueled the flames when it decided to pull a song by domestic violence survivor Rihanna. Rihanna fired back, and hours later, the network cancelled her opener for the rest of the season. A Care2 petition demanding CBS apologize and create a policy against victim-blaming has more than 12,000 signatures.
VIEW THE PETITION HERE: http://www.care2.com/go/z/CBSSports
After CBS announced it had pulled the song during the Sept.11 broadcast and then expressed interest in keeping the song on air the following week, Rihanna fired back on Twitter: "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F*** you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."
The sports channel responded by pulling the song from the network's Thursday Night Football broadcasts for the rest of the season.
"At every step of the way, the NFL and supporters like CBS have mishandled punishment for domestic violence," the Care2 petition reads. "Now, CBS is further shaming survivors."
To replace Rihanna's song, CBS created new music for the Thursday Night Football broadcast.
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