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Ravens have 25 million reasons to support Ray Rice

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Despite a felony charge of aggravated assault, a disturbing video of Rice dragging the (at least mostly) unconscious body of his fiancee (now wife) out of an elevator, and the reported existence of a video showing the alleged punch that allegedly rendered her (at least mostly) unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens have supported running back Ray Rice.

They’ve got 25 million reasons to do so.

The contract Rice signed in July 2012 paid out $24 million by March 2013, with another $1 million in base salary last season. That’s $25 million already given to Rice in two seasons, with only $10 million remaining in base salary over the next three years.

If the cash flow had been flipped, with $10 million paid over two years and $25 million in non-guaranteed pay remaining, it would be a lot easier to take a stand based on principle with Rice, especially in light of his performance in 2013. With $25 million already in Rice’s pockets, the Ravens would be unwise to send Rice packing — especially since cutting Rice would also result in a waiver of their ability to recollect a portion of the $9 million in unearned signing bonus money, if Rice ultimately is jailed or suspended, or both.

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30 Responses to “Ravens have 25 million reasons to support Ray Rice”
  1. roadtrip3500 says: Apr 9, 2014 7:47 AM

    Or, the Ravens could say “forget the money, we won’t tolerate this behavior” and cut ties anyway.

  2. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Apr 9, 2014 7:47 AM

    The amount of the contract is a big reason to stand by him, but it is different that they are publicly supporting him.

    Ray Rice has done a lot of great things both on the field and in the community. I hate what he did that night, and it does tarnish my opinion of him. I am very much not ok with what he did, and I don’t think the Ravens organization is ok with it either either, but as they said, “there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident”.

  3. 52allday says: Apr 9, 2014 7:53 AM

    Put his punk ass in jail! Get your 9 million back and move on! Draft a RB . Rice is done in Baltimore!

  4. reed20fence says: Apr 9, 2014 8:01 AM

    Clearly the man made a grave mistake, especially one that hurt another human being, and he will pay his debt to society if found guilty.

    But we should also remember the things he’s done that are positive. Shining a light on the dark world of bullying. Consoling the parents and families of children who committed suicide under the pressure of bullying. Mentoring children in tough situations.

    Ray hasn’t said anything, probably on advice of counsel. But everyone that has spoken to him has said how incredibly embarassed he and his wife are of this episode.

    There’s more to this man than this one incident.

  5. elmaxoh says: Apr 9, 2014 8:02 AM

    He played really bad this season they could easily replace him with Pierce and another RB in the year’s draft.

  6. laxer37 says: Apr 9, 2014 8:09 AM

    The Ravens are apparently waiting on the reported surveillance video of the actual punch to be released by the prosecution. If and when it’s released, it’s game over for Rice.

    Based on the evidence the prosecution claims to have, there’s a 95% chance he’ll never play another down in this league.

  7. igfisbogus says: Apr 9, 2014 8:24 AM

    “Based on the evidence the prosecution claims to have, there’s a 95% chance he’ll never play another down in this league.”

    James Harrison and Santonio Holmes were both involved in domestic violence incidents. Neither were cut by the Steelers, and both are still playing in the NFL today.

    I think both of them should have been punished, just as I believe Ray Rice should be punished if found guilty. Before we convict anyone, however, we need to see the evidence in court.

    There is such thing as self defense and we have no idea what went on before the TMZ video.

  8. ravensfaninflorida says: Apr 9, 2014 8:32 AM

    Huge Ravens fan here but I must admit I already threw my Ray Rice jersey in the trash. Lost all respect for the man.

  9. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 9, 2014 8:38 AM

    Actually, it’s not 25 million reasons. It’s one reason — they’re into Rice for $25M.

  10. uglydingo says: Apr 9, 2014 8:56 AM

    Nobody circles the wagons to protect their players like the Baltimore Ravens. Ray Rice is well known as a very high character guy who has done many hundreds of selfless deeds in the community. Before jumping to conclusions based on a few seconds of inconclusive video footage, Ray should be given the chance to present his full explanation of an embarassing personal issue. His fiance has clearly put the matter behind by becoming his wife.
    Ozzie has stated that the Ravens are fully committed to Ray Rice in 2014. This is just a media beat up being fed by Steeler fans trying to exploit a personal matter.

  11. timmons94 says: Apr 9, 2014 8:58 AM

    He will have a statue in 10 years

  12. inphinitejest says: Apr 9, 2014 8:59 AM

    We here a lot about how good that Ravens front office is. They have long been a strong team, so that is probably justified. This particular contract, however, looks like a big swing and miss from the Oz.
    That’s a lot of guacamole for a running back in todays NFL.

  13. enoughofthatalready says: Apr 9, 2014 9:00 AM

    There’s more to this man than this one incident.

    I am tired of hearing this line which is utter b.s. This ONE INCIDENT is a serious offense that would land an average person in prison. His “clean slate” is erased away with this performance.

  14. enoughofthatalready says: Apr 9, 2014 9:02 AM

    Rice will plea to a lesser charge before the video is released. The Ravens and Goodell will live up to their double standards and he will get a slap on the wrist from a suspension/fine standpoint.

  15. getyourownname says: Apr 9, 2014 9:05 AM

    Hitting a woman is despicable, even though Rice also has a strong body of prior work doing good.

    However, we all know that all other teams would take the same approach with their star players that the Ravens are taking. For example, in 2008:

    “On March 8, Mr. [James] Harrison [of the Steelers] was charged with assaulting his girlfriend, Beth Tibbott, in her Ohio Township home. According to a police affidavit, Mr. Harrison broke down a door, broke Ms. Tibbott’s cell phone in half as she attempted to call 911, then slapped her face with an open hand, knocking off her glasses. He was charged with simple assault and criminal mischief and faces an April 3 preliminary hearing before a district judge in Bellevue.

    When Mr. Rooney was asked by reporters yesterday morning why Mr. [Cedric] Wilson [also of the Steelers, also charged with hitting his girlfriend] was released immediately and Mr. Harrison kept on the team, he said the cases were different.

    “I know many are asking the question of [why] we released Wilson and Harrison we kept,” he said. “The circumstances — I know of the incidents, they are completely different. In fact, when I say we don’t condone these things, we don’t, but we do have to look at the circumstances that are involved with other players and things like that, so they’re not all the same.”

  16. deenice810 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:19 AM

    Once the video showing him punch this woman surfaces he should be done in Baltimore.

  17. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 9, 2014 9:19 AM

    The Ravens have always been a low class second rate franchise and this is a good example of why. They are barely even the number two team in Maryland. They can’t even dream of matching the Redskins on or off the field.

  18. enoughofthatalready says: Apr 9, 2014 9:19 AM

    James Harrison and Santonio Holmes were both involved in domestic violence incidents. Neither were cut by the Steelers, and both are still playing in the NFL today

    Neither of them were ever INDICTED by a grand jury either as the charges against both of them were dropped. BTW, both of them are currently unemployed now too.

  19. pittsburgh361 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:25 AM

    Theres a difference of slapping with an open hand compared to upper cut ray. Both are not alright by any means. But your statement is invalid! !!!! One is just bruised and ray knocked her out cold. Hence why one is simple assault and ray’s is a felony charge.

  20. enoughofthatalready says: Apr 9, 2014 9:27 AM

    There is such thing as self defense and we have no idea what went on before the TMZ video.

    What self-defense could there possibly be for an NFL Runningback who is a tough little sob against a woman? Unless his fiancé was a mixed martial arts fighter, there is no self-defense.

  21. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Apr 9, 2014 9:32 AM

    I’m no proponent of men hitting women and absolutely agree he should punished by the legal system, the NFL, and the Ravens. Some would say the NFL and the Ravens both punishing him is double jeopardy. I say so – You do the crime, do the time! Yes, he’s done a lot in our community and this just tears that down. In the end, let’s just let this play out. I believe once this concludes a message will be sent throughout the NFL .

  22. nicofthenorthstar says: Apr 9, 2014 9:40 AM

    Gotta love all these ravens fans falling in line behind ravens inc. “Oh he’s such a saint, it was just one little mistake. And he’s sooo embarrassed.” For one, you woman-beater-defending bums, the appropriate emotion is shame. Two, a man of high character doesn’t do this. Not even once.

  23. nickster31 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:47 AM

    I am the furthest thing from a Ravens fan, but ALL teams should have some kind of protection when players do things like this.

    Something like instead of the accelerated cap hit, it should be able to still be spread over the remaining years of the contract

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2014 10:39 AM

    Ozzie has stated that the Ravens are fully committed to Ray Rice in 2014. This is just a media beat up being fed by Steeler fans trying to exploit a personal matter.

    Sorta like the Tomlin sideline incident…. Ok I got it….. Please!

  25. sidepull says: Apr 9, 2014 10:49 AM

    reed20fence says:
    Apr 9, 2014 8:01 AM
    Clearly the man made a grave mistake, especially one that hurt another human being, and he will pay his debt to society if found guilty.

    But we should also remember the things he’s done that are positive. Shining a light on the dark world of bullying. Consoling the parents and families of children who committed suicide under the pressure of bullying. Mentoring children in tough situations.

    Ray hasn’t said anything, probably on advice of counsel. But everyone that has spoken to him has said how incredibly embarassed he and his wife are of this episode.

    There’s more to this man than this one incident.
    ___________________________________

    Agreed. There is more to this man than this one instance; like all the instances he hasnt been caught on tape doing this cowardly type of thing.
    You really think this is the first time, really?

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 9, 2014 3:39 PM

    If they think $25M for Rice is a waste of money, imagine how they must feel about $120M for Flacco.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 9, 2014 3:49 PM

    There’s more to this man than this one incident.

    I am sure you are correct and many non celebrities are doing time for their one incident. If he is guilty he should do some time and be suspended regardless of what good he has done which may come into play during sentencing. But to think he doesn’t deserve punishment is being a homer.

  28. jayhit says: Apr 9, 2014 3:59 PM

    In ozzie we trust…. that he will hit her again

  29. scoobies05 says: Apr 9, 2014 4:34 PM

    ok folks..time to stop arguing football and think good thoughts for the kids at that high school who were attacked. hope all the kids are ok

  30. scoobies05 says: Apr 9, 2014 7:03 PM

    good post my friend. living here I know first hand of the good work Ray rice does in the community. but if he did commit this crime he needs to pay his penalty, whatever that may be

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