Reader aghast that writer compared Ray Rice to the honorable Fred Flintstone

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife Janay.

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Ravens running back Ray Rice will begin the 2014 season by serving a two-game NFL suspension for the domestic violence incident that occured on Feb. 15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The length of the suspension (especially in comparison to those for drug offenses) spurred a fierce debate about the league’s handling of the domestic violence case and the message it has sent with the two-game ban.

Enter Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins, who invoked "caveman" behavior and specifically Fred Flintstone in a July 28 piece titled "On Stephen A. Smith, provocation, and interpreting the NFL message."

First read Jenkins’ characterization of Flintstone in a comparison with Rice’s behavior, followed by the brilliant defense by reader Martin Kramer. 

That’s not flattering imagery for Fred Flintstone, but fear not Flintstone and caveman lovers: Kramer is here to clear Fred’s name for the record in thePost‘s letters to the editor section.

For some proof of Flintstone’s charming, non-abusive relationship with his wife Wilma, here they are sharing a special anniversary moment:

[H/T Kevin Clark]

When violence is more acceptable than slurs, we have a problem