Magoo, the equivalency argument is a distraction, a straw man.
But I didn't introduce that argument - I'm the one saying it holds no agua.
The argument, instead, is that someone who has done something way worse than Rice can still display the very things that you rely on to announce that Rice is a good guy, showing those things to be meaningless.
I understand your point and agree that there's no way to know for sure, and I've said so in this thread. But we part ways where you say it's meaningless while I say it is evidence that I happen to consider meaningful despite the lack of certainty.
I don't form this opinion in a vacuum however - I am also considering Rice's track record. He had no incidents of violence against women in high school or at Rutgers, as far as we know - not even Alfred Peterson pinching ass at a party type stuff. He was a good representative of the NFL (recognized for community service) up until the incident. And he has kept his nose clean since, which can't be easy to do if you're an habitual offender like Tree and others think.
Maybe the incident in the elevator wasn't an isolated one for Rice. But frankly that opinion is based more on speculation than is mine.
As for my leaning more towards the positive because I'm a fan, I admit that's true, but not to the point that I'm blinded by it either. Put it this way: if it had been Kenny Britt in that elevator, we're not having this discussion.