Like every other coach who has met the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ravens coach John Harbaugh talked about his team’s plans for free agency and the draft.
Unlike those other coaches, Harbaugh also had to answer questions about the recent arrest of his starting tailback. Ray Rice was arrested in Atlantic City after an altercation with his fiancée and the summons from the Atlantic City court accuses him of knocking her unconscious by striking her. There’s also the now infamous video of Rice dragging Janay Palmer out of an elevator and there’s reportedly another video of him striking here in the elevator that has yet to go public.
Harbaugh said Friday he’s “not aware of” any scenarios that would lead to the team parting ways with Rice at this point.
“The facts will determine the consequences,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “That’s always the case, right? It’s a process. We have to see how it goes. Yeah, there’s a lot of facts, a lot of process that has to be worked through in anything like this,” Harbaugh said. “There are a lot of question marks. Ray’s character, I think his character, you guys know his character. You start with that.”
Harbaugh said that Rice and Palmer are “getting a lot of counseling” in the wake of the incident and that they remain engaged to be married.