ESPN host Keith Olbermann ripped who he called the “mindless troglodytes” who dressed up as pro football players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice for Halloween, with at least one couple going so far as to don “blackface” to portray Rice and his wife Janay Rice, complete with a black eye.
“Never thought about her, did you, geniuses?” Olbermann asked. “The fact that you’re trying to get a ‘Like’ or a laugh by using domestic violence, which still happens in part because morons like you still laugh at it, that you were okay with, and the blackface part. But you never thought about dressing up and proudly posting your insults and how they could ever get back to the victim herself. Great. Next year, why not go as Nicole Brown Simpson?”
The couple attracted attention — though probably not the kind they were looking for — online after their son, who identified himself as “@ritterzac,” posted their picture.
“I’d suggest getting child services there ASAP,” Olbermann said. “But let’s face it: these Ritter people, Zac included, are lost. They’re zombies now.”
Olbermann also highlighted a man who wore a replica Peterson jersey while carrying a doll and a wooden “switch” for his costume, highlighting the accusations that the Minnesota Vikings running back beat several of his children, a woman who donned a Rice jersey and painted a black eye on herself, and a man who also painted his face “Black” to portray Rice, while dragging an inflatable doll meant to symbolize Janay Rice.
The footage of Ray Rice knocking his wife out with one punch prompted a discussion over domestic violence in the sports world, and spurred Olbermann to call for the resignation of National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell. Rice was suspended, then fired from his team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Janay Rice commented on the costumes on Twitter, saying, “It’s sad, that my suffering amuses others.”
Watch Olbermann’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.