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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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September 24, 2014
What a joke! Steve Bisciotti and Roger Goodell are making a big deal of not seeing the second video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée in the elevator of the Revel Casino ( "On the defense," Sept. 23). Did they not read the police report saying that Mr. Rice struck his fiancée in the face and rendered her unconscious? Does anyone need to see a video after reading that? Are they stupid? Unconscious? Or just interested in seeing the Ravens win games and make money for the team and the league?
NEWS
September 24, 2014
Enough of the Ray Rice thing. Does anyone really care that an overpaid jock and his fiancée had too much to drink and started spitting on and hitting each other? It happens every day, and nobody cares until it becomes another Baltimore homicide and the public learns that the woman asked for a restraining order but the judge said no. Then we learn that the boyfriend was out on bail for murder. Now all the anti-assault groups get fired up. Until that happens again, I guess we'll keep hearing about Ray Rice.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
Kudos to all of those mistake-free, perfect folk who stood in line Friday and Saturday to turn in their Ray Rice jerseys ( "Fans line up to turn in their Ray Rice jerseys at M&T Bank Stadium," Sept. 19). I did not know there were so many folk qualified to "cast the first stone" by dint of having never done anything wrong. I wonder how they would handle a "spit in the face" after a night of drinking alcohol with their significant other: would reflex action come into play or would they be like Jesus and do nothing?
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By Doug Donovan and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ravens officials instructed employees Wednesday to save any documents, texts and emails related to Ray Rice in preparation for the NFL's investigation being conducted by former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III. The Ravens had already been told that team officials would be interviewed as part of the investigation into how Rice's domestic violence case was handled, but they had not been given any specific dates or instructions on what documents to...
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Offering an emphatic response to what he perceived as an attack on his organization's integrity, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Monday rebutted a recent report saying that the organization engaged in a “pattern of misinformation and misdirection” following Ray Rice's arrest in February. In an unusual, nearly 50-minute news conference that brought the national media to the team's Owings Mills training facility, Bisciotti again acknowledged the organization's faults in how it handled the fallout of the former running back's assault on his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 22, 2014
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti spent nearly 50 minutes in front of the media Monday afternoon, trying again to dispel the notion that the team has been less than forthcoming in its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal. This time, it was to specifically dispute a recent report that portrayed the Ravens as a team that knew more than it let on about the severity of Rice's attack on then-fiancee Janay Palmer and lobbied to limit the disciplinary action handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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Mike Preston | September 22, 2014
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti better not be lying. He left himself open to be put in the same class as former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday after a nearly 50-minute press conference in which he disputed a recently published report by ESPN challenging the integrity of his franchise. Bisciotti was what you want an owner to be in this situation. He was feisty, defiant, combative and apologetic at times, and repeated his denial of not having seen the second video of running back Ray Rice his wife in an elevator until seven months after the incident.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The Ray Rice scandal is getting its own TV special. The Reelz network announced today that it will air "Ray Rice: Celebrity Bad Behavior" at 10 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 23). According to a press release, the OK! TV production is the network's way of "gearing up for the launch of TMZ Hollywood Sports," which premieres Sept. 29 on the network. TMZ Sports, of course, posted the longform Ray Rice hotel elevator security camera footage of him punching his then-fiancee (and now wife) Janay Palmer,  that led to his termination from the Ravens.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
As their corporate partners express concern about the Ray Rice case, the Ravens have been reaching out — courting them anew — to try to ensure that dozens of long-held relationships and the millions in revenue they provide remain intact. In the strongest-worded statement from a Ravens sponsor yet, Southwest Airlines on Monday called the allegations of misconduct by NFL players "disturbing," adding that it was ready to "take prompt action," depending on the course of events. The club, which sent an open message to sponsors and fans Monday, wants to be certain its fabric of about 100 sponsors — both local and national firms — does not begin to unravel over questions surrounding its handling of the Rice situation.
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