Glenn Beck on Tuesday shared a personal, never-before-told story of abuse after Janay Rice defended her husband, former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice, after he knocked her unconscious in an elevator. Beck expressed no surprise that Rice defended her abusive husband.
"You have to understand the women that are involved in this, and I say this from experience," Beck said on his radio program. "I say this as a boy who was 12 years old. My mother and father got a divorce. My mother was an alcoholic. She was a mess. I didn't know what was going on in our family. I was just beginning to figure it out."
Beck said his mother was bringing in vodka "by the gallon," and that each morning he would mark how much was in the bottle compared to the night before.
"She had started to date a guy who was a Navy captain. And he was a really nice guy, loved him. I thought he was a great guy," Beck said. "I was wrong. Didn't realize it until too late. He was a guy who had a serious drinking problem, as well. Misery loves company."
Beck recalled his mother explaining why she had black eyes or large bruises on her arms in the morning: "I was working and I did something and I fell down," she would say.
Beck said he will "never forget" when the man came over one night. At 12 years old, Beck was sitting on the ground in the living room, "trying to be invisible" in what he estimated was an 800-square-foot house. The man had been clearly been drinking, and though Beck didn't realize it at the time, his mother had been as well.
"I don't even remember what the argument was about. I have no idea. But I saw this barrel-chested giant, a Navy captain, rear back and start to swing at my mother," Beck recalled. "At this point, I'm a kid who has no skills. ... I'm not a fighter. I'm not a guy who likes getting punched in the face. I have no idea what to do. But when I saw somebody rear back and get ready to swing at my mother, suddenly I found myself in between them."
Beck said the Navy captain grabbed his shirt collar, "reared back" and was ready to hit him.
"I think it was my naivete, I think it was my stupidity, that he saw that made him not hit me," Beck recalled. "I think it was, 'This kid actually believes I'm a good guy.' He didn't hit me, and I kicked him out of the house."
Beck said that's when his mother's story began to resemble Janay Rice's. His mother apologized for the man, saying "he's a really good guy" and was just under a lot of pressure.
"Is he, mom? Is he? He almost punched you in the face. Is he a good guy?" Beck recalled. "She convinced him to come over and apologize to me a week later. He stood sheepishly at the back door. [He said], 'Glenn, I have no right to ask you this, and you are the man of the family, but I would like permission to come in. I would like permission to see your mother again. I'm a changed man.'"
Beck said he was "dumb enough" to believe him, and let the man back into the house.
"The story ends with both my mother and this man dead," Beck said. "So I find this a little close to home."
Beck said Janay Rice, like his mother, has "some hole in her life that makes her think that she deserves this," when there is absolutely no excuse for what Ray Rice did.
Janay Rice looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP/Patrick Semansky)
"You don't punch a woman ever. Ever. Ever. I don't care what she has done. You don't punch a woman," Beck said. "You walk away from the situation. You leave it alone. You have much more control than that. And these two, God help the child that is born into this union."
Beck said he hopes the two can find happiness, but "there's no way you solve this by dismissing what happened in that elevator" and "there is no way you solve this by immediately coming to [his] defense."
"Her response sounds a little like my mother's response," he said. "That's a woman who's in an abusive relationship. And he has convinced her, and experiences in her life have convinced her, that this is is the way it should be."
Watch the complete segment, below.
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