Flacco, other top Ravens say Ray Rice remains in their thoughts

Suggs: "He's my brother, and I love him and I'm going to miss him."

September 09, 2014|By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

Joe Flacco and Ray Rice arrived in the Ravens’ organization in the same 2008 draft, and they’ve been two of the primary faces of the offense for the past six seasons.

Flacco acknowledged that he saw the video of Rice striking his then-fiancee, Janay, in the elevator of the casino. The video led to Rice’s release yesterday.

“I don’t think there’s not really too much more you can say about it,” Flacco said. “Obviously, it doesn’t paint a good picture of who Ray is as a person. But I’ve played with Ray – this would have been the seventh year – and sometimes good people make bad decisions and put themselves in a bad light. Really, my heart goes out to him and his family, and I hope they get through this as best as they can.”

Rush linebacker Terrell Suggs said that he didn’t want to comment on the situation out of respect for Rice and his wife’s privacy.

“I know you’ve got a job to do, but with me, it’s family,” Suggs said. “He’s my brother, and I love him and I’m going to miss him. But, I’ve got to be a professional and focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers.  … We wish them all the best, and their family is in our prayers.”    

Cornerback Lardarius Webb said that he spoke to Rice and told him to stay positive.

“I told him I loved him,” Webb said. “I hate that he has to go through it. He's a friend. He made a big mistake. I just hope he can come back from it. It's very hard. My wife and I are real close friends with him and his wife. It's tough to see them go through this.”

Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith said his mother was a survivor of domestic violence and his foundation aids victims of domestic abuse. However, Smith said that he wasn’t going to judge Rice.

“I don’t condone what someone has done, but also, I’m not going to be the judge and the jury,” Smith said. “That’s not my role; that’s not my place. … Unfortunately, we live in a glass bowl. At times it’s unfair, and it puts us in an awkward situation and allows things to go where they went. I don’t condone it, but I’m not going to condemn, because that’s not my place. I don’t think it’s anybody’s place, but yet, people want to do it.”

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