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The latest information to surface in the Ray Rice saga isn’t as shocking as it is startling while expanding on what we already knew about the circumstances that led to the Ravens running back’s arrest in Atlantic City last weekend.
Police said Sunday there was video surveillance of Rice and fiancée Janay Palmer striking one another with their hands — leading to both being charged with simple assault-domestic violence — but that footage shows him knocking her unconscious, according to Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated. This comes after the court summons released to media outlets on Wednesday said Rice struck Palmer with his hand, “rendering her unconscious.”
This revelation shouldn’t be surprising considering the heavy surveillance used in Atlantic City casinos, but — if true — it could be a fatal blow to Rice’s public perception after a court date scheduled for next Tuesday was postponed while the county prosecutor reviews the case “to ensure all appropriate charges are considered.” A video released to TMZ earlier this week showed Rice dragging what appears to be an unconscious Palmer from an elevator in the aftermath of the physical altercation.
General manager Ozzie Newsome said Monday that Rice remained in the Ravens’ plans for the 2014 season but that the organization would continue to gather information. If such a graphic video exists and surfaces publicly, the organization would seemingly have no choice but to — at the very least — reevaluate their position in terms of the 27-year-old’s employment.
On Saturday morning, Newsome is scheduled to meet with the media at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Putting aside the public relations ramifications of whether to continue to employ Rice, the Ravens would face difficult salary-cap ramifications should they decide to part ways with the three-time Pro Bowl selection.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I know the salary cap ramifications are clear if the Ravens decide to let Rice go but if the video shows RR cold cocking his fiancee I don’t think the Ravens will have a choice. They may have to bite the bullet on this one. From a PR standpoint it would be very difficult for the Ravens to justify keeping him. This will all boil down to how bad it looks for RR on the tape. I know he has earned a lot of leeway from his work in the community but some things are so egregious, like knocking out a woman, that they can’t be overlooked

  2. This is tough situation. I almost think that it is more important for the Ravens to hold on to Mr. Rice if he is guilty as charged. We hear the talk all the time about “The Ravens Way.” Well, is that way to cut a player, send him away from the friends and support that he needs in this time of his life, perhaps the most trying time he has had? Or is the Raven Way to embrace Mr. Rice, to offer him the help he needs, to let him know that his teammates, his coaches, office staff, and even the owner are ready and willing to work with Mr. Rice to show the world that his behavior of February 15 was an aberration, not an act to be forgotten but to forgive? Would the Ravens have sent Ray Lewis on his way years ago if there was 50 seconds of video that showed him with blood on his shirt or even showed him as a bystander in those events of 2000? Maybe. But there was no video and they stood behind Mr. Lewis and he changed his ways and became a respected member of the NFL community. Doesn’t Mr. Rice deserve the same? The team does not have to support his actions; they can and should make it clear that physical abuse of a woman is not acceptable. However, they can support Mr. Rice and his fiancee. Show that the Raven Way is not to abandon people who screw up.

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