The Ravens Have Terminated Ray Rice's Contract
Under their current bylaws, the NFL does not have the power to revisit Rice's infamous two-game punishment. Had they been able to, it would've happened moments after the public unanimously objected to the rather lenient penalty for such a violent crime on a defenseless woman. They can, however, pursue a separate action if, in fact, what Rice told them during their investigation conflicts with what is shown in the video.
Instead, Goodell & Co. changed their policy on domestic violence and issued a formal apology for how they handled the entire situation, which went a long way towards regaining the faith of the NFL's massive fan base.
Then video surfaced today of what occurred inside the elevator of a now defunct Atlantic City Casino. Now everyone is pissed again because seriously, how could you let this guy get away with hitting his fiancée like that (or anyone for that matter). Even his teammates are turning their backs on him.
[BR] I can tell you this. I had a brief text conversation with a Ravens player I've known for some time who told me that the locker room before stood by Rice. Now?
"I don't think he has very much support now at all," the player texted. "I think it's gone."
The player added that one reason the locker room stood behind Rice was because Rice gave them the impression that he was defending himself from her (as ridiculous as the notion is of a weaponless, petite woman being a threat to a pro athlete). The video, the player said, betrays what Rice told players.
Remember when the Ravens rallied around him at his press conference last month? Remember when Rice avoided describing the details of what happened inside the elevator after being asked by Sal Palantonio? It was because he was lying about them to everyone about what transpired (his lawyer's cries of "hypothetical self defense" come to mind). Now we all know what happened, and the Ravens are at a crossroads. Reinstate Rice and face a major PR and internal backlash, or do the right thing and willingly lose your starting running back for the rest of the season.
According to Mike Florio, the NFL may be able to revisit Rice's punishment under the assumption he obstructed justice by lying about what happened in that elevator. Apparently, Rice's story was that he pushed her and she hit her head -- which clearly wasn't the case. Florio claims that any retroactive prosecution would involve a separate action, and not a "reopening" as it were.
The Ravens have terminated Ray Rice's contract.
[The New York Times] Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the N.F.L., said: “We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”
The #Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice's contract this afternoon.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 8, 2014
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