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Ravens take responsibility for OTA violations

The best thing that possibly came out last week’s perfect game imperfection?  The illustration by umpire Jim Joyce of the power of owning up to a mistake.

Perhaps inspired by Joyce’s decision not to blame his horribly bad call on cataracts or parallax, the Baltimore Ravens have acknowledged responsibility for the events that resulted in the removal of the final week of their Organized Team Activities.

 “The NFL informed us of the situation, and the action they’ve taken is appropriate,” G.M. Ozzie Newsome said in comments released by the team.  “We made a mistake, and it won’t happen again.  We’ll complete our organized team activity days this week and then turn our focus to the start of training camp.”

Added coach John Harbaugh:  “When you make a mistake, you step up.  We’re accountable.  As Ozzie said, it won’t happen again.”

Well done, Ravens.  Of course, it would have been better to not violate the rules, but we’ll take ownership of the situation as a consolation prize — especially when it would have been very easy to play the “everybody else does it” card.

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  1. nflisking says: Jun 7, 2010 3:12 PM

    That’s what successful organizations do

  2. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Jun 7, 2010 3:12 PM

    oh perfect florio, you are so much better than the ravens that you never make mistakes.
    except for when you report anything for PFT.

  3. It puts the lotion on the skin says: Jun 7, 2010 3:13 PM

    Is there where we are supposed to call them cheaters, and talk about asterisks and things like that????

  4. realitypolice says: Jun 7, 2010 3:14 PM

    This is certainly better than the other types of “violating” we’ve been reading too much about lately.

  5. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jun 7, 2010 3:16 PM

    Unfortunately, the Ravens haven’t dominated the NFL recently, so nobody will demand any asterisks.

  6. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 7, 2010 3:23 PM

    but we’ll take ownership of the situation as a consolation prize — especially when it would have been very easy to play the “everybody else does it” card.
    ——————————————————
    It shouldn’t be long before people easily play the “they only win because of cheating” card.

  7. shaunypoo says: Jun 7, 2010 3:25 PM

    Since when are we giving kudo’s for doing the right thing when we are caught doing the wrong thing?

  8. Flaccodelic says: Jun 7, 2010 3:26 PM

    Stillerz – Um, that’s a big glass house you’re throwing stones in. Apparently the league has also frowned upon having your QB get underage girls drunk and hire off-duty cops to block their friends from rescuing them from whatever was going on in a womens’ room. This would account for your lack of a starting QB for 4-6 games.

  9. The Wishbone says: Jun 7, 2010 3:26 PM

    “Well done, Ravens…especially when it would have been very easy to play the “everybody else does it” card.”
    But everybody else does, Florio. You’re saying that it’s better for the Ravens to b.s. than just be honest? Really? But yet you whined for years about Belichick b.s.ing?
    You’re hypocrisy is showing, Florio. Maybe someday people will realize professional sports are never clean, and that it’s much better this way. A lot more entertaining.
    On the plus side, the Bills haven’t been found guilty of any cheating or rules-breaking. How’s that working out for them? LOL @ Buddy Nix.

  10. bleedsoe9mm says: Jun 7, 2010 3:33 PM

    also well done to the patriots and bill belichick for take responsibility for there minor rules violation . where’s the fine , the draft pick removal and the outrage , a rule is a rule !

  11. Citizen Strange says: Jun 7, 2010 3:38 PM

    Remember when Kevin Faulk took responsiblity for getting busted for pot by saying it wasn’t his?
    That was classic.

  12. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jun 7, 2010 3:43 PM

    Citizen Strange says:
    June 7, 2010 3:38 PM
    Remember when Kevin Faulk took responsiblity for getting busted for pot by saying it wasn’t his?
    That was classic.
    _________________
    Didn’t he pass a drug test right afterwards? What, he carries weed around but doesn’t use it? Why, to look cool? Yeah, that’s a lot more believable.

  13. Biglardawg says: Jun 7, 2010 3:48 PM

    More time now for Flacco to work on his uni-brow.

  14. 69ers says: Jun 7, 2010 4:03 PM

    @Biglardawg says:
    June 7, 2010 3:48 PM
    More time now for Flacco to work on his uni-brow.
    ahah..nice

  15. Brock Landers says: Jun 7, 2010 4:23 PM

    Well done, Ray Lewis. Of course, it would have been better to not have knifed a guy in the back, but we’ll take ownership of obstruction of justice as a consolation prize — especially when it would have been very easy to play the “everybody else was doing it” card.

  16. Macadamia says: Jun 7, 2010 4:45 PM

    Biglardawg says:
    June 7, 2010 3:48 PM
    “More time now for Flacco to work on his uni-brow.”
    As opposed to sucking more than anything has ever sucked before like your team’s QBs. ;)

  17. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jun 7, 2010 5:23 PM

    i’m sorry but what did the ravens do wrong?

  18. Biglardawg says: Jun 7, 2010 5:31 PM

    Macadamia,
    I’ll defer to your experience in sucking QBs.

  19. JFRESH says: Jun 7, 2010 5:51 PM

    by saying “we could use the everybody does it card” aren’t you using the everybody does it card?

  20. Citizen Strange says: Jun 7, 2010 6:17 PM

    Citizen Strange says:
    June 7, 2010 3:38 PM
    Remember when Kevin Faulk took responsiblity for getting busted for pot by saying it wasn’t his?
    That was classic.
    _________________
    Didn’t he pass a drug test right afterwards? What, he carries weed around but doesn’t use it? Why, to look cool? Yeah, that’s a lot more believable.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yeah, and I became an astronaut and flew to the moon right afterwards.
    Just like Brian Cushing took a lie detector test? It’s ALL BS unless it is done by an unrigged, unfixed, certified, unbiased blind third party.
    Faulk NEVER said where he took it, who gave it or anything else that would have made his claim even faintly legitimate.

  21. Bazooka Joe says: Jun 7, 2010 6:49 PM

    The Steelers suck and their women are a bunch on 400 pound whalepigs.

  22. Laxer37 says: Jun 7, 2010 7:41 PM

    Now if someone in that organization would come forward and take responsibility for Flacco’s unibrow.

  23. downwithdansnyder says: Jun 7, 2010 8:01 PM

    When did we (as a whole) start assigning Hero status to those that simply do what they are supposed to do and what we should all do?
    Didn’t Chris Rock address just this thing in an early career HBO special?
    Sad state of affairs…as a whole.

  24. Innerspeeder says: Jun 7, 2010 8:58 PM

    I’ll admit, I am a Ravens fan, but “cheaters?” They broke the rule of practicing too long on a series of given days… They weren’t taking PED’s, or videotaping another team… they were practicing too hard… At VOLUNTARY camps, which means that anyone could have left. They never tried to skirt it, and owned up to it when called on it. I think it’s kind of a minor “violation” when it comes down to it.

  25. rk_21 says: Jun 8, 2010 8:54 AM

    Laxer37 says:
    June 7, 2010 7:41 PM
    Now if someone in that organization would come forward and take responsibility for Flacco’s unibrow.
    ————————————————-
    Actually I think Flacco has stepped up to handle this on his own. I saw him in a new commercial and it looked like he had a minimum of a 2 finger spacer between each brow. I was shocked.
    Also Ben rapes people…..I can’t wait till next off season when he gets caught again. It’s becoming a regular event, almost like groundhog’s day, each year over and over again.

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