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Ravens brag about Ray Rice getting standing ovation

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Ray Rice was given a hero’s welcome in his return to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Rice, who has been busy in court and disciplinary hearings this offseason after a domestic assault incident involving his wife Janay Palmer, got a standing ovation from Ravens fans as he took the field at an open training camp practice. We know this because the Ravens proudly pointed it out.

One of the top stories on the Ravens’ official website describes the warm welcome Rice received. He was described as “emotional” in his return and the story was written in the type of tone that would be taken if a player returned after losing a family member. The Ravens also shared a video of Rice’s reception through multiple social media avenues.

You probably don’t need us to explain how this is an issue, but we will anyway. Fans have the right to react to Rice any way they please. That said, this is a guy who was seen on video dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. Police also reportedly had video of Rice knocking Palmer out.

Had it not been for Palmer begging the NFL to be lenient with Rice’s punishment, he probably would have been suspended for more than two games. He’s lucky he’s not in jail. Rice’s “return” shouldn’t be celebrated, and the Ravens certainly don’t need to bring any added attention to him at a time like this — especially positive attention.

H/T SB Nation

Ray Rice’s wife reportedly pleaded with Roger Goodell for light punishment

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Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for his involvement in a domestic violence incident with his wife Janay Palmer at a casino over the winter. Given that the public was shown a video of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator and police reportedly had footage of the Baltimore Ravens running back knocking her out, many felt a two-game suspension was far too light.

Palmer, who was Rice’s fiancee at the time of the incident, has been nothing supportive of Rice since his indictment. In fact, Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback reports that Palmer pleaded with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to go easy on Rice.

Rice’s wife, a source said, made a moving and apparently convincing case to Goodell during a June 16 hearing at Goodell’s office in Manhattan — attended by Rice, GM Ozzie Newsome, club president Dick Cass of Baltimore; and Goodell, Jeff Pash and Adolpho Birch of the league — that the incident in the hotel elevator was a one-time event, and nothing physical had happened in their relationship before or since. She urged Goodell, the source said, to not ruin Rice’s image and career with his sanctions.

Plenty of people feel that Rice should have been suspended for at least four games, as evidenced by the change that was made to his Wikipedia page last week. Was Palmer the reason Rice got off with what seems like a slap on the wrist?

Jonathan Lehman of the New York Post confirmed that Palmer met with Goodell and company, noting that her “impassioned plea” was “instrumental in limiting the length of Rice’s league suspension.”

If there was no video of the incident, I could understand Goodell being influenced by Palmer’s apparently convincing speech. But there is footage of some of the assault, and it makes Rice look really, really bad. There’s no question he is fortunate to have escaped with a two-game ban.

H/T Black Sports Online

Ray Rice’s Wikipedia changed to ‘Hall of Fame wife beater’

Ray Rice Wikipedia wife beater

Ray Rice was suspended two games by the NFL on Thursday for his role in a domestic violence incident with his wife at an Atlantic City casino in February.

Rice was indicted on aggravated assault charges, and a video emerged showing Rice dragging his unconscious wife (then girlfriend) Janay Palmer out of an elevator. Police also reportedly had video of Rice knocking out Palmer.

Many were outraged over the seemingly light punishment for the harsh charges, and someone decided to take things out on Rice’s Wikipedia page. As you can see in the screenshot above, Rice’s Wikipedia page was edited to call him a “Hall of Fame wife beater.”

Rice is still awaiting word on his punishment from the legal system.

H/T Black Sports Online

Ray Rice, Ravens use poor ‘knocked down’ analogy in apology

Ray Rice apologyRay Rice and the Baltimore Ravens are being criticized by the overly-critical Internet crowd for a poor choice of words used during his apology on Friday for the assault he committed on his wife in February.

In his public apology, Rice used an analogy about bouncing back from being knocked down when issuing a statement.

“I won’t call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down. It’s not getting up,” he said.

Then the Ravens Twitter account chose to tweet that quote, too, which left them open to criticism:

Given that police reportedly had video of Rice knocking out his wife, Janay Palmer, talking about “not getting knocked down” and “not getting up” is just a poor choice of words. But that’s all it is — a poor choice of words. I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean it to come off as badly as it did. And the person running the Ravens’ Twitter account probably should have used better judgment and not chosen to highlight that specific quote. I mean that part was definitely pretty dumb.

Brandon Spikes blasts Ray Rice for allegedly assaulting wife Janay Palmer

Brandon-Spikes-PatriotsRay Rice married his fiancee Janay Palmer on Friday night — just one day after his indictment for allegedly assaulting her last month. Rice has been charged with third degree aggravated assault and could face three to five years if found guilty. If Brandon Spikes was allowed to attend the ceremony, let’s just say he would have spoken up rather than forever holding his peace.

After word surfaced that Rice and Palmer had gotten married in a private ceremony, Spikes took to Twitter to unload on the Ravens running back.

I’m sure a lot of people felt the same way as Spikes after seeing that video of Rice dragging Palmer’s unconscious body out of an elevator. Many people are shocked that they got married so quickly given the circumstances, but I guess that’s their business. Leave it to Spikes to speak about it so eloquently.

H/T Black Sports Online

Ray Rice marries fiancee Janay Palmer day after indictment

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was formally indicted in a New Jersey court on Thursday. He will face on count of third degree aggravated assault for an incident that took place last month where he allegedly struck his fiancee Janay Palmer and was later seen dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. Or, should we say, his wife Janay Palmer.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rice and Palmer got married Friday night in a private ceremony. Apparently the two have patched things up, and the fact that police allegedly have a video that shows Rice knocking Palmer unconscious could not keep them from continuing their life together.

Police originally charged both Rice and Palmer with simple assault, but the charges against Palmer have been dropped. John Harbaugh said earlier this month that the two were working through their issues and were attending a couples seminar together.

Rice could face three to five years in prison if he is found guilty of third degree aggravated assault. Between winning the Super Bowl, being arrested and getting married, the 27-year-old veteran has had an action-packed last year or so.

Photo: Instagram/Janay Palmer

Ray Rice and fiancee Janay Palmer to attend couples seminar

Ray Rice fiancee elevatorBaltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says running back Ray Rice will be attending a couples seminar with fiancee Janay Palmer following the physical incident between the two at an Atlantic City hotel three weeks ago.

Harbaugh spoke with reporters on Wednesday and said he talked with Rice to hear the running back’s side of the story.

“Ray has told me his side of it, and everything we’ve seen so far is very consistent with what he said,” Harbaugh said via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

Harbaugh says Rice is working to resolve his issues with Palmer, whom he has dated since 2008.

“I know Ray is going to spend a week at a seminar type of thing as a couples-type deal. He’s doing everything he can to do what he needs to do and make things right,” said Harbaugh.

Rice and Palmer met in high school and began dating shortly before Rice was drafted by the Ravens in 2008. They have been engaged for two years.

Both were charged with simple assault following an alleged physical incident in an Atlantic City hotel. Police reportedly have video of Rice knocking out Palmer. Video has already become public showing Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator.

Police have referred the case to prosecutors for review.