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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The Ravens are approaching the time when they'll need to focus on getting backup running back Bernard Pierce the bulk of the workload in advance of starter Ray Rice's two-game suspension. The balancing act between how the Ravens should divide carries between Pierce and Rice is expected to become more of a hot-button issue heading into their third preseason game next week against the Washington Redskins. The third preseason game is when the Ravens traditionally play the starters into the third quarter since they won't play in the fourth and final preseason game prior to the start of the regular season.
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August 21, 2014
We hereby call upon the editor of The Sun op-ed page to suspend Susan Reimer two weeks for violating the rules of rational thinking ( "Ray Rice decision appears to prompt new NFL policy," Aug. 17). She is worried that the NFL "seeks to punish not only behavior that affects play on the field but behavior not even found criminal under the law. " Her first example: "Bullying in the locker room, for example. " As a former sportswriter, Ms. Reimer should know that what happens in the locker room most definitely does affect play on the field, including when it leads a bullied player to quit the team.
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NEWS
August 12, 2014
Much has been written about how the National Football League has handled the Ray Rice case. After the recent arrest of Luke Casey, we could no longer remain silent. The National Football League taught Luke Casey and his girlfriend an important lesson. Mr. Casey is the star college football player and Columbia native charged with assault last week after witnesses reported seeing him knock a 19-year-old woman to the ground and repeatedly hit her with a closed fist. The woman is just some woman.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, whose once wholesome reputation took a blow in a high-profile domestic violence case this year, will no longer "raise the green flag" for M&T Bank. Rice has starred in one of the bank's most recognizable and successful branding efforts for the past four years, but the Ravens-themed advertising campaign kicked off Monday without the former pitchman. None of his teammates appear in the ads either. M&T's new advertisements instead stress the team effort between the the Ravens and their corporate sponsor, with the spokesman role shifting to Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh, team President Dick Cass and the bank's president of the Baltimore region, Augie Chiasera.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
Ray Rice is showing off his chess skills in a new online ad campaign. The increasingly marketable Ravens running back has been unveiled this week as not only the newest pitchman for Xenith football helmets, but the face of the company's player safety campaign. As part of the arrangement, Rice stars in the Massachusetts-based company's online ad to introduce the "enlightened warrior. " The minute-long online commercial for the safety campaign has a chess theme. It opens with Rice explaining how he's been playing the board game since he was 9 years old. He says: "Chess helps me stay focused.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
Within moments of the NFL's two-game suspension of Ray Rice, various sport organizations and victims rights groups stated their displeasure with Roger Goodall's decision ("Rice suspended 2 games," July 25). However, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Coach John Harbaugh continue to vehemently defend Mr. Rice's behavior and stated the "circumstances would determine the consequences" - as if to infer Janey Rice somehow contributed to being knocked out cold and therefore a two-game suspension was fair.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
Here's what bothers me about the Ray Rice punishment: Don't we already have a criminal-justice system? I agree entirely with Mike Preston (" NFL misses its chance to send a message, July 25) that "Men shouldn't be allowed to physically abuse women and then get a slap on the wrist. Ever. " Amen, brother. But let's suppose that Mike Preston (or I, when I was working for the Baltimore Sun) committed an act of domestic violence. Once the courts have acted - arguably, in Mr. Rice's case too leniently - may an employer take a second whack at us?
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By Jeff Zrebiec | November 28, 2012
While Ray Rice continued to bask in the glow of his 29-yard, catch-and-run on fourth-and-29 against the San Diego Chargers, quarterback Joe Flacco admitted that he didn't do any reflecting on the play and he didn't plan to. “We got away with one and I'll be glad. I could have looked like a big-time idiot if we don't get that play,” Flacco said. “I kind of went out on a limb there to check the ball down on fourth-and-29. We don't get that, everybody is crushing me: 'What the hell is he doing checking the ball down on fourth-and-29?
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By Jeff Zrebiec | April 3, 2012
The status of the contract negotiations between the Ravens and Ray Rice will loom over the offseason and that will remain true whether the Pro Bowl running back shows up at organized team activities later this month or opts to stay home until a deal is done. Rice told reporters Tuesdayin New York at Nike's official uniform unveiling, he still hasn't decided what he is going to do as he waits to see if negotiations with the Ravens result in a long-term contract extension or him playing the 2012 season under the franchise tag. “Me and my agent (Todd France)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
A day after he was indicted on charges of third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly knocking his fiancée unconscious, Ravens running back Ray Rice and Janay Palmer got married. Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said today that he visited Rice and Palmer after Friday's ceremony and they are "in a good place. " "Everyone knows that we're tight. I'm tight with Ray, I'm tight with Janay. He is like a brother to me and she's like a sister to me and my wife as well," Smith said at his charity basketball game.
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Susan Reimer | August 17, 2014
The National Football League — the folks who first brought you the pink player jerseys — looks ready to codify punishment for players accused of beating women. According to reports leaking out all over the place, the new policy would provide for suspensions of four to six games without pay for the first domestic abuse offense and possibly a season-long suspension for a second offense. The decision was clearly made as a result of the withering criticism NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell received for suspending Baltimore Raven Ray Rice for only two games after the running back was accused of assaulting his then fiancee, now his wife, in the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The NFL is considering tougher penalties for players who commit acts of domestic violence as the league continues to deal with sharp backlash for its two-game suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice. The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the discussions, said in a Wednesday report the suspensions could increase to four to six games for first offenders and a full season for repeat offenders, which would put them in line with the punishment for using performance-enhancing drugs.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The Ravens are approaching the time when they'll need to focus on getting backup running back Bernard Pierce the bulk of the workload in advance of starter Ray Rice's two-game suspension. The balancing act between how the Ravens should divide carries between Pierce and Rice is expected to become more of a hot-button issue heading into their third preseason game next week against the Washington Redskins. The third preseason game is when the Ravens traditionally play the starters into the third quarter since they won't play in the fourth and final preseason game prior to the start of the regular season.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
Much has been written about how the National Football League has handled the Ray Rice case. After the recent arrest of Luke Casey, we could no longer remain silent. The National Football League taught Luke Casey and his girlfriend an important lesson. Mr. Casey is the star college football player and Columbia native charged with assault last week after witnesses reported seeing him knock a 19-year-old woman to the ground and repeatedly hit her with a closed fist. The woman is just some woman.
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Dan Rodricks | August 9, 2014
Nobody asked me, but … the fans who gave Ray Rice a standing ovation before Thursday's preseason game apparently have not read the Ravens' fan behavior policy - specifically, the part that says: "Fans help shape the Ravens' image. " They also missed this: "Have fun, root hard, show respect for the fans around you, but don't be a jerk!" The policy obviously needs to be revised. Along with cowbells and coolers, it ought to prohibit mass displays of obtuseness about domestic violence.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
In reference to your article of Aug. 2 ( "Goodell defends his call on Rice" ), I believe that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has missed the point by a wide margin. If this were basketball, we would be hearing raucous chants of "Air Ball. " The increasing complaints, including from a number of U.S. senators, are not about Ray Rice's two-game suspension being inconsistent with other domestic abuse cases in the NFL. The complaints are about the consistent leniency of the NFL with regard to the domestic abuse cases of its players.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
I find it difficult to understand how those who laud Ray Rice's character can defend what happened in Atlantic City ( "Ravens' Rice knocked fiancee unconscious, police say," Feb. 20). Mr. Rice's actions define his character. Even if his fiancée was having a medical problem, you don't leave her lying in a hallway without rendering assistance or at least showing some concern. This lady was not a side of beef but the mother of Mr. Rice's child. I'd be very curious to see what Ravens coach John Harbaugh's logic would be if it were his daughter being pulled unconscious from an elevator by her fiancé as if this were a common occurrence.
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By Peter Schmuck | July 28, 2014
Ravens fans showed support for running back Ray Rice when he took the field for Monday night's open workout at M&T Bank Stadium, but they seemed to recognize that an outsized ovation would not be appropriate in the wake of the domestic assault incident that led to a two-game NFL suspension. Rice got applause from segments of the crowd as he moved past several sections of the stands after entering the playing field, then got a bigger, general ovation when he was shown for the first time on the video board.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defends his decision on the two-game suspension of Ray Rice by citing the need to remain "consistent" with like violations regarding domestic violence ( "Roger Goodell defends two-game suspension of Ravens' Ray Rice," Aug. 2). He states the NFL takes the issue of domestic violence "seriously. " In his position of leadership, remaining "consistent" only maintains the league's status quo regarding its weak stance on domestic violence. Stronger action by Mr. Goodell would have sent the clear message to NFL players, management, staff and fans that the league is willing to take a societal leadership role, as a major entertainment employer, in an effort to eliminate domestic violence.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
According to The Sun's report by John Fritze and Colin Campbell ( "Senators urge stiffer penalty for Rice," July 31), our legislators are now weighing in on what the NFL should do about the Ray Rice domestic violence issue. I think the NFL should fire back at our elected officials suggesting they do a day's work representing the people on real problems instead of sticking their noses into the NFL's business. Bill Alcarese, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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