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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Most Maryland voters agree that the Ravens were right to fire Ravens running back Ray Rice, but a higher percentage of women than men thought the team's punishment was too severe, according to a new poll for The Baltimore Sun. Fifty-nine percent of men said they supported the team's decision to terminate Rice's contract, while 52 percent of women agreed with the punishment for punching his then-fiancee in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino....
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Most Maryland voters agree that the Ravens were right to fire Ravens running back Ray Rice, but a higher percentage of women than men thought the team's punishment was too severe, according to a new poll for The Baltimore Sun. Fifty-nine percent of men said they supported the team's decision to terminate Rice's contract, while 52 percent of women agreed with the punishment for punching his then-fiancee in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino....
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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.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The NFL announced Thursday that former United States District Judge Barbara S. Jones has been appointed by the league to hear and decide the suspension appeal filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of Ray Rice. “We are grateful to Judge Jones for taking on this role,” said league commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended the former Ravens running back indefinitely after video came out Sept. 8 of Rice assaulting his then-fiancee. “She will have our full cooperation as she hears and decides this appeal.” Goodell was asked by the players' union to recuse himself from the hearing because he'll likely be a witness in the case.
NEWS
September 11, 2014
I was amazed to see WBAL-TV interviewing Ray Lewis regarding the release of the TMZ video about Ray Rice's actions in the elevator ( "Ray Lewis weighs in on Ray Rice situation, calls it 'night and day' to his past legal problems," Sept 8). Are we to take away from this that obfuscating and obstructing justice regarding the murder of two men is not as bad as making a horrible mistake in judgment and punching the woman you love? Shame on WBAL-TV for not finding an upstanding former teammate to comment on the Ray Rice situation and his release from the team.
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?
NEWS
September 18, 2014
I will not pretend to be a legal expert. That being said, I take a stance on the Ray Rice issue because I believe that the hypocrisy is slightly annoying ( "Ravens bungled the Ray Rice case from start to finish," Sept. 17). I have no doubt in my mind and fully agree that Ray Rice committed a crime. He should accept the repercussions that come along with his actions. However, it is something that should be left to the discretion of the legal system, not the NFL. The NFL is by nature an organization that is prominent because they provide entertainment to us, the viewers.
FEATURES
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.
SPORTS
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 Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Peter Ginsberg, the attorney for ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice, praised former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones, the hearing officer for Rice's appeal of an indefinite NFL suspension. Jones was appointed Thursday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in consultation with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith to hear the appeal of Rice. Rice's two-game suspension was increased to an indefinite ban on Sept. 8 after a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Regarding yet another article in your paper about the Ray Rice incident, The Sun is like a dog with a bone - it just won't give it up ( "Looking for silver lining in the ugliness of the Rice case," Sept. 27). Does anyone remember that the victim of this violence married the perpetrator? Must the NFL and the Ravens take all of the blame? How about a mention that our daughters should be taught not to slap men or anyone else? Confrontation can cause violence. Not that the punch was deserved.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
The letter from Dawn DiBattista regarding the shameful flip-flop of the NFL and the Ravens in their treatment of Ray Rice expresses a well-reasoned point of view that has been largely suppressed by the vitriol of the do-gooders who would impose their one-size-fits-all solution to the domestic violence problem we face in our society ( "Ravens have fumbled badly," Sept. 26). Congratulations, Ms. DiBattista, for expressing so well the notion that individual circumstances should not be ignored when punishing individuals who have violated the law. How we mete out punishment says much about us as a society.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
  Primetime TV often weaves high-profile, real-life events into its narratives, and on Wednesday's episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," the scandal involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice will be the latest headline to receive fictionalized treatment.  Based on the above preview, the episode, titled "American Disgrace," appears to deal with rape and a cover-up involving a celebrity pro-athlete named Shakir "The Shark"...
NEWS
September 30, 2014
The answer to Dan Rodricks ' question as to whether the Ravens' "generous" donation to the House of Ruth will mute criticism of the Raven's and the NFL's ham-handed and cynical handling of the Ray Rice fiasco is, of course it will ("Looking for silver lining in the ugliness of the Rice case," Sept. 27). That's what it is intended for. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and their respective coverup crews are so incredibly hypocritical. Throwing money at it has seldom been an effective solution to a societal problem, particularly one as serious and pervasive as intimate partner violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
If you are wondering how fallout from the Ray Rice elevator attack might affect the Ravens image, check out this "Saturday Night Live" skit depicting the team as criminals. The Carolina Panthers, the team the Ravens play Sunday, was satirized in the same way last night, as well as the NFL and CBS Sports Jim Nantz and Phil Simms for their handling of the scandal. It's disingenuous for SNL to be mocking CBS and not its own NBC Sports, which has the biggest NFL show on TV in "Sunday Night Football.
SPORTS
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)
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | September 27, 2014
Even as we continued to dissect the National Football League's mishandling of the Ray Rice case and millionaires associated with the matter apologized (again) for being obtuse to domestic violence, the conversation seemed to turn toward a silver lining. To wit: Maybe good will come of this ugliness. The NFL's inadequate reaction to Rice's assault unleashed strong public backlash, heightened awareness of the everyday reality of intimate-partner abuse and forced the league and the Baltimore Ravens to make big-time amends, including a six-figure donation to the House of Ruth Maryland.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The NFL sent a memo to every owner and team president today denying a report that it had received a video in April of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee inside a casino elevator. The Associated Press report Thursday night said a video of the February incident was sent by an anonymous law enforcement official to NFL security chief Jeffrey Miller. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens when a video of the punch surfaced on TMZ on Sept. 8. The NFL issued the following denial to owners and team presidents in this memo obtained by The Baltimore Sun: "Our office has found absolutely no evidence to support the claim of the anonymous 'law enforcement source' that he sent a video to the NFL office or that he received a telephone call to his 'disposable cell phone' from an unidentified female using an NFL line.
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