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September 14, 2014
In the matter of Ray Rice, it seems like every spokesperson for the Ravens organization has lost their ability to think logically and analytically about what just happened. Let's look at a few simple facts: First, the release of the elevator video did not make things worse than they were. Second, the judicial system in New Jersey took carefully considered measures against Mr. Rice long ago and, third, the punishment then meted out by the NFL and the Ravens far exceeds the NFL's own standard for a first offense.
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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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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
Questions surrounding when the NFL and the Ravens saw video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator intensified on Wednesday following a report that a law enforcement official sent the graphic footage to a league executive in April. According to the Associated Press, which cites an anonymous law enforcement official and doesn't name the NFL executive, a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number was played for the wire service on April 9 confirming receipt of the video.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
I joined Christine Brennan, of "USA Today," and Howard Kurtz on "Media Buzz" today to talk about TMZ and the performance of mainstream media in covering -- or not covering -- the Ray Rice story. I was at first surpised to hear Brennan, who knows this turf as well as anyone, say an argument could be made that it is "the biggest controversy to ever hit a U.S. sports league. " But having thought about it since, I think she could be right. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "shocked" by the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and a Democratic senator called the National Football League's handling of the situation "outrageous. " Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has become an advocate on the issue of sexual harassment in the military -- as well as sexism in Congress -- said that the Ravens and the league should have taken faster action in dealing with Rice.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
The Canadian Football League quickly threw up a stop sign for any potential overtures to former Ravens star running back Ray Rice. Rice won't be playing north of the border. CFL commissioner Mark Cohon issued a statement saying the league will honor the NFL's indefinite suspension of Rice, whose $35 million contract was terminated Monday by the Ravens after an ugly video surfaced of him punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. CFL teams were informed that Rice can't be signed to a contract or added to a negotiation list.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
In an emotional message, the wife of former Ravens running back Ray Rice broke her silence Tuesday morning, one day after Rice's contract was terminated and he was indefinitely suspended by the NFL. Those events followed a graphic video surfacing in which Rice punched his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, whom he later married and now has his last name. The couple has been in counseling since the incident in February, which occurred at Revel Casino, which has since closed, in Atlantic City, N.J. The Baltimore Sun has verified that the following unabridged message from her official Instagram account is from Janay Rice and was intended to be released publicly: "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," Janay Rice wrote.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
The Ravens released running back Ray Rice Monday afternoon , hours after video surfaced of him assaulting his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator in February. Here's a sampling of what some national media outlets they're saying about the Ravens' release of Rice: ** Former Sun editor Chris Korman wrote that the Ravens aren't deserving of praise for realizing what so many already knew about the incident: "The fact that the Ravens needed this video - this harrowing, brutal, savage, incalculably sad video - to bother understanding the seriousness of an incident is an indictment of an organization that has, for so many years, thrived by cultivating the idea that it is a perpetually persecuted underdog.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
As the Ravens prepared to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, activists and political leaders continued to question the NFL over the investigation of the team's former running back, Ray Rice, and its stance against domestic violence. Even as the NFL announced a review of its efforts to obtain video footage of Rice striking his then-fiancee, critics assailed the league's choice of former FBI director Robert S. Mueller as an investigator, citing potential conflicts of interest.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Just seven days ago, Baltimore's sports fans, the faithful clad in orange and purple, were brimming with optimism. The Ravens were set to open what they hoped would be a bounce-back season with star running back Ray Rice due to return at the end of the week from a two-game suspension for a domestic violence incident - a penalty roundly criticized as too light. The Orioles, meanwhile, were rolling toward a division title, leading their nearest rivals by a margin they hadn't enjoyed in decades.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "shocked" by the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and a Democratic senator called the National Football League's handling of the situation "outrageous. " Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has become an advocate on the issue of sexual harassment in the military -- as well as sexism in Congress -- said that the Ravens and the league should have taken faster action in dealing with Rice.
NEWS
September 14, 2014
In the matter of Ray Rice, it seems like every spokesperson for the Ravens organization has lost their ability to think logically and analytically about what just happened. Let's look at a few simple facts: First, the release of the elevator video did not make things worse than they were. Second, the judicial system in New Jersey took carefully considered measures against Mr. Rice long ago and, third, the punishment then meted out by the NFL and the Ravens far exceeds the NFL's own standard for a first offense.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Just seven days ago, Baltimore's sports fans, the faithful clad in orange and purple, were brimming with optimism. The Ravens were set to open what they hoped would be a bounce-back season with star running back Ray Rice due to return at the end of the week from a two-game suspension for a domestic violence incident - a penalty roundly criticized as too light. The Orioles, meanwhile, were rolling toward a division title, leading their nearest rivals by a margin they hadn't enjoyed in decades.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
Susan Reimer makes an excellent point that the Ravens are attempting to erase the evidence that Ray Rice ever existed ( "Ravens, NFL get it wrong - again," Sept. 8). How hypocritical of them to not want to reach out and help him as he meets these hurdles. I am one woman who knows first hand what it's like to be physically abused, but I also know that people change for the better. My opinion is that the Ravens are the pits and that the press and public should let Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rice iron out the kinks in the lives and move on. It's evident that to the Ravens organization, Ray Rice, like all the other men on that team, is a dollar-bill machine.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
As the Ravens prepared to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, activists and political leaders continued to question the NFL over the investigation of the team's former running back, Ray Rice, and its stance against domestic violence. Even as the NFL announced a review of its efforts to obtain video footage of Rice striking his then-fiancee, critics assailed the league's choice of former FBI director Robert S. Mueller as an investigator, citing potential conflicts of interest.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to hire former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to conduct what is being called an independent investigation of the league's handling of the Ray Rice situation is a decisive move aimed at restoring public confidence in the sport. But every new development seems to raise new questions. For instance, just how independent will it be with two NFL owners - New York Giants owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney - overseeing it?
NEWS
September 12, 2014
Susan Reimer makes an excellent point that the Ravens are attempting to erase the evidence that Ray Rice ever existed ( "Ravens, NFL get it wrong - again," Sept. 8). How hypocritical of them to not want to reach out and help him as he meets these hurdles. I am one woman who knows first hand what it's like to be physically abused, but I also know that people change for the better. My opinion is that the Ravens are the pits and that the press and public should let Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rice iron out the kinks in the lives and move on. It's evident that to the Ravens organization, Ray Rice, like all the other men on that team, is a dollar-bill machine.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
The day after the Ravens released Ray Rice, owner Steve Bisciotti wrote in a letter to fans and sponsors that the team “did not do all we should have done” after the star running back was accused of knocking his then-fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City casino in February. “Seeing that video changed everything,” Bisciotti wrote in a letter to the team's personal seat license holders, suite owners and sponsors. “We should have seen it earlier.” Bisciotti's remarks came toward the end of a day of fallout in which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league's efforts to obtain the video of Rice striking Janay Palmer, whom he subsequently married.
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