Source: Phil Taylor insists Ray Rice spit on him

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Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor picked up a 15-yard penalty in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens for slapping running back Ray Rice in the helmet. Taylor wouldn’t say what led him to hit Rice but hinted that Rice spit him on. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Monday he didn’t see any evidence that Rice spit on Taylor but Taylor is firm in his belief that Rice followed the example of former Baltimore Orioles player Roberto Alomar.

A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that Taylor insists that Rice did spit on him and that there is video evidence to prove it that will be sent to the league office for review.

Taylor and Rice came face-to-face after Desmond Bryant stopped Rice for a 3-yard loss on the second play of the game. Browns’ linebacker D’Qwell Jackson told Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that someone yelled he got spit on after the play.

If there is documented video evidence of the altercation, Rice could face a penalty from the league retroactively for the action.

52 responses to “Source: Phil Taylor insists Ray Rice spit on him

  1. Am I the only one who sees Phil Taylor’s complaint and thinks, so what?

    This makes me yearn for the Art Donovan era of football. Back then guys did things to each other much worse than spitting, and nobody cried about it in public.

  2. Wouldn’t surprise me. The Ravens, like their fans, think they’re better than they really are.

    Sorta like the Vikings and their fans. Granted, the Ravens have won some Super Bowls…. but still….

    They won’t even make the playoffs.

  3. Ray rice better watch out because as soon as the ravens realize how much better Bernard Pierce is than number 27, the sooner he gets dealt to a subpar team where he will have a much harder time getting those stats.

  4. IF there is evidence? Come on guys do your job and run through the footage before writing the article. Or did you already do so, realize he didn’t spit, but still need to push the article so we ignore that part? And how would Taylor immediately after the game KNOW there was evidence in the video exactly? Also how can a man who was allegedly spat on be slapping the same guys butt not even 30 minutes later like its no big deal? One more point- ever try to spit with a mouthguard in? Yea you really can’t. But hey why take those things into account when you can write a vague article just to see the Steeler trolls focus on something other than 2 embarrassing loses to start 2013?

  5. But the video doesn’t show rice spitting….in fact Taylor was slapping Rice on the butt later on throughout the game saying “good run” ….not buying it.

  6. I have zero respect for people who spit on others. That is one of the lowest forms of disrespect. We dont have all of the evidence yet but what would Phil Taylor gain from lying?

  7. It’s just spit, not acid. I agree it’s pretty low class on Rice’s part if he did do it, but no reason to get suckered into taking a penalty.

  8. If it’s true, Ray Rice deserves a hefty fine. Sportsmanship is important. It’s not like he only spit on a woman.

  9. “Browns’ linebacker D’Qwell Jackson told Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that someone yelled he got spit on after the play.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    So the reporter reported something he was told by a guy who never saw it but heard it from another guy during the game.

    Doesn’t seem like something Rice would do. If he did, he should be fined.

    Time to focus on the Texans.

  10. Only a Browns fan could watch that and think Ray Rice spit on him. Ray’s mouthguard was in literally the whole time. Go watch again. It’s not even possible to spit wearing one of those things.

    Did a little spittle get on Phil Taylor? Probably. But that comes from emphatic trash talking, not a conscious effort to spit. Quit whining Browns fans. I’m sure you’ll still be whining after the Ravens beat you for the 12th time in a row later this season.

  11. I can’t see the spit. I would like to see all of Taylor’s reaction. First he slaps him and the video cuts to Ray. I never saw Taylor wipe it off. That would have been my immediate reaction.

  12. I think it is most likely that Rice was talking smack with his mouthguard in and some spray came out and ended up on Taylor.

    It only would have gotten on his jersey anyway, Rice is not tall enough to be able to spit in his face.

  13. Watch the YouTube video. It’s clear he spit on on Taylor. And did not have a mouthpiece in.
    What a little girl Rice is!

  14. While can’t definitively say from youtube video whether he spat in his face (intentionally or otherwise), clearly something happened to cause that escalation and jawing afterwards… guessing Rice will get away with this one unless there’s a more compelling video out there.

  15. There’s nothing worse a man can do to another man than spit on him. I bounced at a bar one time and a guy spit at me. He missed me but I told him if he spit at me again I would beat the hell out of him. He proceeded to spit again and I followed through. I’d almost rather have a guy sleep with my wife than spit on me. Nothing more disrespectful.

  16. I saw the video and Rice spit his mouth piece out and saliva cane with it. It looked like they were both jawing at each other before this. Browns still suck just with some extra saliva to keep then glowing.

  17. All you Brownie fans stop your whining! When Rice’s days are done in Baltiomore…he’ll be wearing those awful uniforms of Cleveland! You guys love picking up the Raven castoffs!!!

  18. the brown who kicked rice while he was down started the whole thing.i couldn’t see the number that kicked him,most likely it was taylor….

  19. Another classless RAven named RAy. My worst fear was confirmed when RAy-RAy the G.O.A.T. was actually paid by ESPN to spout nonsensical drivel on national TV last night.

    Phil, you are much too big to be complaining about Ray Rice.

    You play him twice a year…just break the little half-pint in half next time you see him.

  20. freerayray52 says:
    Sep 17, 2013 10:42 AM
    I can’t see the spit. I would like to see all of Taylor’s reaction. First he slaps him and the video cuts to Ray. I never saw Taylor wipe it off. That would have been my immediate reaction.

    5 3 With that handle I would have expected a more biased comment….oh wait…ah never mind you wouldn’t understand.

  21. It’s obvious from the video that Ray Rice didn’t spit… he has his mouthpiece in. He’s also one of the nicest and classiest guys in the league, unlike this Baby Huey who hit him.

  22. “With that handle I would have expected a more biased comment….oh wait…ah never mind you wouldn’t understand.”

    Ah, the weeping little troll has finally come out of the shadows to harass Ravens’ fans today after his team got DALTONED last night. Long night, troll? You should have gone to bed at halftime since your pathetic Steelers got shut out in the 2nd half.

  23. Joemontanaflacco says:

    Ah, the weeping little troll has finally come out of the shadows to harass Ravens’ fans today after his team got DALTONED last night.
    ——————————————————
    Irony at it’s finest.

  24. crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 18, 2013 9:39 AM
    Joemontanaflacco says:

    Ah, the weeping little troll has finally come out of the shadows to harass Ravens’ fans today after his team got DALTONED last night.
    ——————————————————
    Irony at it’s finest.

    Ditto Crown…you could not be more right

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