When ESPN’s Outside the Lines released its bombshell report that exposed the Baltimore Ravens for allegedly covering up the Ray Rice elevator video, one of the most interesting chunks of information involved some text messages that team owner Steve Bisciotti sent to Rice after releasing him. The general idea of Bisciotti’s offer to Rice was captured in the OTL report, but was the way the World Wide Leader delivered the information irresponsibly inaccurate?
When you look at the way Bisciotti’s texts were included in the OTL report, the only reasonable assumption is that they were directly quoted.
Almost anyone who read that part of the report would assume the italicized words implied a direct quote from the texts. However, the Ravens later released the exact text message exchange that Bisciotti had with Rice in a statement addressing the OTL report. ESPN acknowledged on Tuesday night that it could have been more clear with the presentation of the messages.