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Ravens fans cheer Ray Rice at open practice

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Ravens running back Ray Rice may be loathed in most of America after an offseason that saw him face an assault charge for hitting his wife. But Rice is still beloved in Baltimore.

The Ravens had an open practice at their home stadium on Monday night, and Rice heard loud cheers from the fans in attendance. Rice was twice shown on the big screen, and both times he got enthusiastic ovations, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Rice tapped his chest to show his appreciation as he soaked in the applause.

Many fans wore Rice jerseys, and several Rice jerseys were spotted on women and children.

Rice’s actions this offseason have not been worthy of people cheering him, and when the NFL let Rice off with only a two-game suspension, it provoked nationwide outrage. That doesn’t seem to matter to the adoring public in Baltimore, however. What matters there is that Rice remains an important part of the Ravens’ offense.

It happens often, in every sport and every city. No matter how heinous an athlete’s actions, if he can help the home team win, he’s going to hear the cheers.

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  1. jonghshow says: Jul 29, 2014 5:04 AM

    Class act…

  2. mauldawg says: Jul 29, 2014 5:07 AM

    Just goes to show that some Ravens fans are as big scum bags as Rice

  3. flash1287 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:17 AM

    What do you expect? It’s a dirt ball team with dirt ball fans!

  4. rickastleydancemoves says: Jul 29, 2014 5:20 AM

    You sheep would be doing the same thing if he played for your team,

  5. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:23 AM

    What Ray did was horrible and shameful; I am proud because Ravens fans and those within the organization know what kind of person he is. Truth is if all men were defined by only their lowest moments; most would be hypocrites to want to crucify this man. Let this be a lesson for him moving forward lf be a better human being, to gain insight and maturity.
    We love you and support you Ray!
    #Champion, #RavenNation

  6. tonyzendejas says: Jul 29, 2014 5:25 AM

    “We love you, Ray! We don’t have enough standards to dislike you! Now go out and average .75 yards per carry for us this year! #ravensnation”

  7. luponatrix says: Jul 29, 2014 5:25 AM

    Leave the crowd out of this. They were afraid they might provoke him by booing, and Ray can’t be held responsible for what happens once he’s been provoked.

  8. cdrion21 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:27 AM

    Of course they do……they’ll probably build him a statue next……Or is that reserved for murders and former Colts players only?

  9. fivechampionships says: Jul 29, 2014 5:39 AM

    They didn’t cheer because he can possibly help the offense. Of course the fans are disappointed in Ray. Of course his actions were wrong. They cheered because they have seen all the good that he has done over the past six years (more for the community than any poster on here, I would venture). They have seen him make a terrible mistake and have watched him pay an enormous price, rightfully so. And yes, the price has been enormous – a man’s reputation is more important than being suspended for two games instead of eight. They have watched him accept the consequences of his actions with as much dignity as he could muster, making no excuses. The fans don’t support Ray’s actions and they didn’t cheer because he might play well. They were saying to Ray that they support him even they he screwed up because his citizenship has earned that over six years in the city.

  10. 6thsense10 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:41 AM

    I’ve seen this from just about every fan base of a pro athlete that gets himself in trouble. . from Lakers fans cheering Kobe like crazy during his rape investigation to Atlanta fans still backing Vick even after his dog fighting conviction. It’s funny the comments on here trying to make it seem as if this is something new and only Baltimore fans would do this.

  11. southridge23 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:54 AM

    I have no interest in rooting for or against the ravens. Frankly, this isn’t a football topic. This is indicative of our society’s non existence of standards.

    People are demanding a goodell explanation. It’ll never happen as long as we remain gutless and make heroins out of these peiple. Wanna make a difference ravens fans? DONT show up to practices, DONT go to games. That would take..ya know…guts but who knows you just might gain the adoration of your daughters, sisters, and mothers……or you can cheer on this fool and prove to the men in charge of the NFL that they indeed don’t have to change their ways.

  12. tommy57 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:55 AM

    Baltimore, Philadelphia and NY Jets all have characterless fan bases.

  13. shackdelrio says: Jul 29, 2014 5:55 AM

    What do you expect? The face of their franchise for 16 years was a murderer.

  14. denverdude7 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:58 AM

    Baltimore fans just like guys named Ray… no matter what they do.

  15. kantnockdahustle89 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:01 AM

    I am a season ticket holder for the Ravens and disappointed to read this. To me he isn’t allowed to be cheered and never will be in my eyes. I’ve been wondering what would happen when he was announced again and I knew I would boo but didn’t expect this already. No excuse ever for what he did and don’t care what he has done for the community. When you are a part time worker who makes millions, you have plenty of time to help your community. It isn’t hard. To me your one other “job” is stay out of trouble and he didn’t do this AT ALL.
    I still have trouble cheering for Ray Lewis but after 15 years of right doing and trying to better himself and others it makes it a little easier to so his life changed for the better. He has proved that he made a huge mistake and changed his life. I guess it’s going to take that long for me to come around on Rice. In either case you’ll never get my love, only a clap for what you do on the field.

  16. jimnaizeeum says: Jul 29, 2014 6:01 AM

    Of course they did, they also cheered a player involved in a murder.

  17. mrpkg says: Jul 29, 2014 6:09 AM

    Who would cheer a man who knocks out a woman with his hands?

    Ravens organization is the Titanic. Taking on water, going down.

  18. shortycraig says: Jul 29, 2014 6:10 AM

    @6thsense10 , careful, logical comments like that are bound to get deleted from this website!

  19. jmason100 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:12 AM

    Ravens fans cheered a guy who was involved in a double murder. Hell, wife-beating isn’t that bad…

  20. punkyqb says: Jul 29, 2014 6:15 AM

    See if they are still cheering when his ypc gos under 3.0.

  21. ravenousravenousrhinos says: Jul 29, 2014 6:15 AM

    I would love to hear about the skeletons in peoples closets constantly hating on him. You act like he should never be forgiven for just one BIG hiccup in a otherwise very charitable and good person.

  22. pdmjr says: Jul 29, 2014 6:20 AM

    Yeah until he fumbles a game away

  23. veence69 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:24 AM

    Classy. Or you could respect your team enough to be embarrassed that this POS gets the privilege to play for it.

    Seems to me like Baltimore has a real sketchy Dan base.. what exactly DO you take pride in?

  24. veence69 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:25 AM

    “Dan base”

    Awesome. Thx, Android.

  25. veence69 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:27 AM

    Maybe Ray Rice HAS done more for the Baltimore community than I’ve done for my own. Still, I’ve never knocked a woman out with a right hook.

    So.. push?

  26. dirtdawg54 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:30 AM

    Same fan base that chides Steeler fans who supported Big Ben. But hypocritical would be a really big word for most Ravens fans to comprehend.

  27. fnc111 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:31 AM

    And they say the republicans have a war on women. Smh….. Wonder when people will clue in.

  28. allseeingone says: Jul 29, 2014 6:31 AM

    Boooo!

  29. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 29, 2014 6:36 AM

    “Hooray, ray!!! We respect your pathetic insecurity, lack of self-control, and hatred of women”

    - ravens fans

  30. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:36 AM

    For the rest of his life he will be judged and villified by this incident. An incident that very few understand all the facts and circumstances of or what lies in his conscience. He was forgiven by his now wife and punished by the commisioner and he will be forever be booed by every other NFL city. Hopefully he will work and use his infamy to prevent and educate others about domestic violence and abuse.

  31. jscruisen says: Jul 29, 2014 6:36 AM

    These are the same mindless lobotomy graduates that also cheered for Art Model. Would you expect anything less? “Stay Classless Baltimore”!

  32. glasselephantkungfu says: Jul 29, 2014 6:37 AM

    Well it IS Baltimore

  33. mannyiac says: Jul 29, 2014 6:37 AM

    What did you expect?The Raven fans love and support a murderer like Ray Lewis,so knocking your woman out seems like a parking ticket to them.

  34. gbfanforever says: Jul 29, 2014 6:40 AM

    Makes me sick to my stomache. I have a new team to hate

  35. garrisonxcvii says: Jul 29, 2014 6:42 AM

    what he did was obviously wrong, but shouldn’t everyone get a second chance? Maybe not, but from all accounts he was a model citizen before the incident.

  36. suckittrebek76 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:46 AM

    Dude hit a woman. And gets applauded like he is some sort of hero. Sad, really. Just sad.

  37. tsuscrumhalf says: Jul 29, 2014 6:50 AM

    I keep seeing articles and comments saying he knocked out, punched, gave an uppercut to, and abused his wife. Yet, a video exists that those in both the legal system & the league office viewed and both bodies came back with rather lenient punishments. Is it possible that the wife took a swing at him, while drunk, missed & fell into the wall or handrail & knocked herself out? And ray is being a gentleman & not throwing his wife under the bus?

    Sick of everyone jumping to conclusions before knowing facts.

  38. mfinsrule says: Jul 29, 2014 6:54 AM

    Unbelievable. I admit he may be contrite right now and deserves a second chance. However a 2 game suspension for knocking his now wife unconscious?! And what exactly are these “fans” cheering? His actions going forward will define what type of person he will be. To cheer him right now is deplorable. And is there any doubt his wife begged the commish and the courts to a lower ruling because she doesn’t want the cash loss to affect her lifestyle?

  39. ravensnation85 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:56 AM

    He won’t be getting cheered by me at any point again. I’ll just keep hoping he’s cut following this season. He can stay and sign autographs while holding his daughter all he wants. Where was your kid when you were drunk in a casino while dragging your wife out of an elevator due to the fact you knocked her senseless you phony.

  40. jayhawk6 says: Jul 29, 2014 6:57 AM

    One person’s cave man is another person’s hero.

  41. reed20fence says: Jul 29, 2014 7:01 AM

    And with that, PFT has lost a reader. Real smart move mocking your own readers.

  42. camcameronsucks says: Jul 29, 2014 7:02 AM

    It’s easy to cloud others’ vision when you only focus on one act and not the other great things Ray Rice has done for the city of Baltimore.

    This man is known for his anti-bullying campaigns throughout Maryland, but I’m sure 99% of the ignorant people on this website don’t know that because you writers only like to mention the bad stuff. The same goes for the people calling for his head; if they took a second to do some research they’d realize Ray is a good guy who was caught on camera during his darkest hour.

    There isn’t a single person on this website who hasn’t done something henous, which they later regret. The only difference is Ray is a well-known athlete and his darkest hour was captured on camera.

    I am not condoning what he did, I am extremely disappointed in him because he was one of my favorite Ravens players. But to ignore all the good he has done because of this one incident is unacceptable.

  43. djstat says: Jul 29, 2014 7:03 AM

    You all have a lot of beer muscles behind your keyboards. Talking tough. Thanks for classifying all Ravens fans based on some that cheered him.

    For those who still call Ray Lewis a murderer please explain why the district attorney in Atlanta DROPPED the charges?

  44. nepatriotslaughatyourpatheticteam says: Jul 29, 2014 7:05 AM

    Classless. They take after the organization.

  45. Kelly's Chronicles says: Jul 29, 2014 7:09 AM

    Trust me when I say that us Green Bay Packer fans would never cheer Mossy Cade or Darren Sharper (granted they are retired) should they ever had the nerve to show up at Lambeau. Of course in Sharper’s case we won’t have to worry about that for a very long time. We did pull for Jolly but his crime didn’t involve hurting others.

  46. humbleminded85 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:11 AM

    Throwing shots at fans from behind a computer screen… that’s about as weak as it gets.

  47. nflions20 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:15 AM

    No different than Steelers fans cheering for “Big Ben” when he has habitually raped/abused women. It’s really sad that sports are more important than the abuse of women in this country.

  48. ravenswhat says: Jul 29, 2014 7:17 AM

    America is the nation of forgiveness…unless we are talking about the Ravens. Right haters?

  49. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:17 AM

    I think you have to understand that these are the same people giving up a night of their lives to watch people practice. Not exactly the peak of the bell curve here.

  50. bobl242 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:20 AM

    ballsoharduniversity52 says:Jul 29, 2014 5:23 AM

    What Ray did was horrible and shameful; I am proud because Ravens fans and those within the organization know what kind of person he is. Truth is if all men were defined by only their lowest moments; most would be hypocrites to want to crucify this man. Let this be a lesson for him moving forward lf be a better human being, to gain insight and maturity.
    We love you and support you Ray!
    ———————————————————-You know what kind of person he is, yet you still love and support him. Amazing!

  51. beattention says: Jul 29, 2014 7:20 AM

    As the Raven fans find nothing wrong with a murderer why shouldn’t anyone surprised they forgive a wife beater.

  52. olcap says: Jul 29, 2014 7:20 AM

    Hail the conquering hero!

  53. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jul 29, 2014 7:23 AM

    Hey, in Baltimore if you haven’t killed someone you’re considered ‘upstanding’.

  54. noleitup says: Jul 29, 2014 7:31 AM

    Whatever he’s just lucky that wasnt my sister or relative cuz me and my buddies wouldve handed down a much more severe punishment.

  55. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:31 AM

    wow….where’s all this empathy and understanding when the guy’s wearing black and gold, gets accused (with no film footage), never charged, but gets a 6 game suspension?

  56. theflyingelvis says: Jul 29, 2014 7:33 AM

    Well, they’re Ravens fans. What else would you expect?

  57. kotapug1 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:33 AM

    Must be something about the name Ray they also made a murderer there beloved face of the franchise

  58. pardontheerruption says: Jul 29, 2014 7:38 AM

    Ray Lewis, Ray Rice…yep, thats about par for the course.

  59. Eutaw's Finest says: Jul 29, 2014 7:44 AM

    Spot on here. Ravens fans need to burn their Rice jerseys and boo him. Just like Chicago does to Brandon Marshall. Or Dallas does with Dez Bryant. Or Steelers fans did for years for James
    Harrison. Or Chargers fans did to Shawn Merriman. Wait NONE of those things happened? And all of those fan bases will bash Baltimore? Shocking…

    Rice got cheers no louder than any other player? The reaction was no different. Don’t act like Baltimore treats him like some idol above the rest. They are simply saying what’s done is done. His image is forever ruined. His life will never be the same. He’s facing financial discipline and game suspensions. He’s in counseling. He’s married to Janae now. He’s done EVERYTHING in his power to fix his image. And who are we to judge. That glass house is one nasty sob.

  60. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:44 AM

    Steelers fan cheered Big Ben Eagles fans supported Vick. Mob mentality possibly? Honestly who cares. The women in attendance apparently don’t care what he does in his personal life. Maybe they are more concerned about innocent people being killed in Gaza.

  61. harrybucsfan says: Jul 29, 2014 7:49 AM

    I wonder how many of these fans who ‘love and support’ their ‘hero’ would do so if it were their daughter Ray knocked out cold? Sad and pathetic.

  62. krabballs says: Jul 29, 2014 7:49 AM

    Ray Rice just gives the haters a chance to rip the city, rip the Ravens, rip the people of Baltimore. If all of you are so principled let’s see you boycott the crab cakes.

  63. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 29, 2014 7:49 AM

    Five….what flavor of Kool-Aid are you drinking? He punched out his fiancé in a public place and then was caught on camera dragging her out of an elevator. I think that negates whatever community work he performed prior to the incident and tarnishes his image going forward. All it takes is one bad incident to show your true colors.

  64. mykpfsu says: Jul 29, 2014 7:58 AM

    This is from the same club that employed Ray Lewis who was eye witness to a murder and never told. What were people expecting.

  65. guitarkevin says: Jul 29, 2014 7:59 AM

    There are a lot of people in this world that are easily manipulated by the media.

  66. Bill Belitext says: Jul 29, 2014 7:59 AM

    They have seen him make a terrible mistake and have watched him pay an enormous price, rightfully so. And yes, the price has been enormous – a man’s reputation is more important than being suspended for two games instead of eight.
    ========================

    I read the story, and the fans loudly cheered him, on multiple occasions. I have a hard time believing his reputation was harmed that much

  67. troy43mvp says: Jul 29, 2014 8:01 AM

    It’s not just the lowlife fans, it’s the Coach the G.M. the P.R. Guy (Which is actually his job), Roger Goodell too. They all stand behind a man who punches the woman he is suppose to love and protect to the state of dragging (not carrying) her lifeless body out of a casino hotel. They then tell us that he is a “great guy”. He gets a 2 game suspension and one game check taken. Basically he gets paid for the 2nd game so in essence the NFL gave him a weeks vacation in the 2nd week. Hypocrisy has consumed “The Shield”.

  68. damian32693 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:01 AM

    So the NFL turns a blind eye to one of their players assaulting a woman but, dammit, they’re all over fantasy football. Good job Goodell. 

    The NFL is a place where you get a four game – or worse – for committing the victimless “crime” of smoking weed but you get two games for knocking out a woman and dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. Nice message being sent. 

    I love my steelers and the nfl but would absolutely support a boycott of week one over this travesty but I suspect the women’s rights groups are too busy with more important things, like getting Hillary elected in 2016, to try to organize or even care about this. 

    What’s been lost in this is that the Ravens could impose additional justice here but they’re clearly a morally bankrupt organization. So gross.

    NFL paying attention to influence of high-stakes fantasy football leaguesRisking money, whatever the amount, on the outcome of NFL games constitutes gambling.  Risking money, whatever the amount, on the outcome of the performance of specific players in NFL games does not constitute gambling. Playing fantasy football for money isn’t gambling because Congress has decided t…

  69. losntina69 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:02 AM

    It amazes me how many people defend this guy. That’s the society that we live in, that is why these athletes do as they please because they are always forgiven. You hit that girl, its cool you were provoked, you killed that guy its cool you won us a superbowl no biggie. You killed someone while intoxicated, now that’s a problem, because your not as famous as the other guys. Damn shame.

  70. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jul 29, 2014 8:05 AM

    Not surprising

  71. pete2112 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:08 AM

    Well if Ray Lewis can kill someone after winning the Super Bowl and be a hero to the Ravens, Ray Rice can certainly beat his wife and be applauded by the fans.

    It’s a pretty tough double standard that we have to live with. The everyday Joe working 9 to 5 would most likely be in prison for what he did as well as being fired from his job and Ray Rice will be treated like a hero for his actions. Wonderful!

  72. clashpoint says: Jul 29, 2014 8:10 AM

    ….all right, I’ll go ahead and take one for the PFT team and let y’all hate on me for this one.

    American law says everyone is equal, and that goes for women too, whether anyone likes it or not. When his fiancee threw 37 or whatever punches at Ray, she was committing assault. When Ray threw one punch back, he was using self defense. No charges against Rice were ever going to stick in court. He got two games just for embarrassing the league, and that’s all he really did.

    All of you “never hit a woman” cavemen/cavewomen are a bunch of sexist hypocritical pigs. Especially you men, who are actually discriminating against yourselves, which makes you kinda idiots. Men: When some woman takes your job because she’s better at it than you, that’s equality. Women: When you attack some guy and he knocks you out, that’s equality too.

    In America everyone is equal, and should get both equal benefits – and equal punishment. Regardless of what any individual caveperson thinks they should get. Enjoy your thumbing, people.

  73. ballinmore says: Jul 29, 2014 8:12 AM

    Did the Steelers scream in disgust at Ben or Hines Ward? How about Jason Kidd when he had similar issues? As a Ravens fan do I agree with what he did? No. I do however want him to stand up for his actions, apologize and hopefully set an example going forward that what he did was incorrect. So far he seems to be on that path. It was a home town cheer for a guy who made a mistake. A mistake that’s not on the level of Aaron Hernandez or Rae Carruth. A mistake that it appears he has learned from.

  74. mountaingirl39 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:18 AM

    First off, I’m a season ticket owner and am very disappointed in Ray Rice, yes a 2 game suspension wasn’t enough….But last nite was a free open practice and the event was attended by many young inner city children. For many of them this was their first time the stadium and first time they had access to the players. The Ravens organization did a great job welcoming all fans. The players afterwards signed autographs for the young fans. While most fans are disgusted with Rays actions, they were happy to be there.
    As for Rice, I hope he realizes that he screwed up big time, will make amends with his family and then finally his fan base. I think deep down he’s a good person who did something exceptionally stupid and must pay the price for it.

  75. teal379 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:22 AM

    Interesting – Raven’s fans cheer a wife beater.

    Packers are reluctant to have Favre back because the fans might boo him for his off the field issues (pictures to massage therapists) and team choices in FA.

    One guy was an above average RB that won’t sniff the HOF (he’s not HOF material – seriously) and the other has been mentioned as one of the greatest QB’s the league has ever seen. One is held to almost no standard, the other to a much higher one.

    Interesting fan reactions from both but I’d rather rather hold a guy to high standards than cheer a violent abuser.

  76. Canton Bulldogs says: Jul 29, 2014 8:23 AM

    “It happens often, in every sport and every city. No matter how heinous an athlete’s actions, if he can help the home team win, he’s going to hear the cheers.”

    OR maybe it is because people, including women, who follow their team closely have seen many examples of what Ray Rice has done off the field for the past six years and believe that to be a more accurate representation of the man than this one horrible, very public, off field incident.

    Let me ask this. If Rice is so horrible a person why do so many people – team mates, coaches, PR, women, fans alike – rush to his side? Torrey Smith and wife are good friends and ardent supporters of him and Janay. Haloti Ngata defends him. These are people who truly know him.

    Yeah I know this will get thumbs down from everyone who only knows Rice from fantasy football and this incident.

  77. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 29, 2014 8:26 AM

    If Rice is such a great guy, why hasn’t he stepped up and taken ownership of what he did? He needs to publicly apologize for his ‘mistake’ and admit that what he did was wrong. Instead, he let his wife take the blame. He has to man up if he wants us to move on, even though he has hidden from that for more than 5 months now.

    Cheering a guy who has made no atonement for a ‘low moment’ just feels slimy.

  78. laxer37 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:26 AM

    Supporting the guy as he tries to get his life back on track is one thing. A standing ovation shows little understanding for the severity of the situation or the nationwide backlash on his light punishment by the league.

    Not a good look Raven fan.

  79. bengalsucker says: Jul 29, 2014 8:27 AM

    Ray Lewis was their hero too. No surprise here. They’re good at supporting murderers and now wife beaters. They have no standards.

  80. footballfan72 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:27 AM

    Somehow I doubt Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore’s most famous son and the source of the Ravens name would be a fan much less cheer for any man that put his hands on a woman. Probably rolling over in his grave saying never more….

  81. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 29, 2014 8:29 AM

    The fans don’t have to boo Ray Rice for the rest of his career, but it’s not too much to ask them not to cheer him the first chance they get. Would it had hurt them to just ignore his presence for at least one game? By their actions, the league has said domestic violence is not that big of a deal and the Ravens fans reinforced that belief. I hope my low point in life never takes me to the level of a woman beater. Then again, I was raised better.

  82. renbutler says: Jul 29, 2014 8:31 AM

    I’m not a Ravens fan, but there’s a difference between rooting for the man, and rooting for the player. It’s a difficult distinction sometimes, but all fans have to make that choice now and then.

  83. stinkfingers says: Jul 29, 2014 8:36 AM

    Why not? They cheered for an alleged murderer for over a decade.

  84. dlindstedt2 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:41 AM

    Just proves… if you are successful in this league you can overcome anything, if you are not, you will become a pariah.

  85. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 29, 2014 8:48 AM

    Oh but Cheatriot fans cheering for Aaron Hernandez is fine, right?

    #JetsDynasty
    #RayRiceIsStillABetterPersonThanGayBrady

  86. skjwood says: Jul 29, 2014 8:49 AM

    fivechampionships : Perfect explanation.

  87. kidpresentable says: Jul 29, 2014 8:51 AM

    Well Ray Lewis set that bar pretty low, didn’t he?

  88. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 29, 2014 8:52 AM

    I’ve been listening to Charlotte talk radio and can guarantee you Panthers fans are not supporting star Greg Hardy in the aftermath of his recent domestic violence conviction. They learned the hard way what Ravens fans and so many others have yet to learn: character trumps talent.

    When did Charlotte wise up? Two words for you:

    Rae Carruth.

  89. Kaz says: Jul 29, 2014 8:53 AM

    Shocked? They cheered a murderer for years.

  90. jfolland says: Jul 29, 2014 8:54 AM

    How would you like to be judged solely on the worst 5 minutes of your life?

    People weren’t cheering because he can help us win…they were cheering because Ray has done so much for the community of Baltimore that we won’t just turn our backs on him for one mistake.

    Yes, it was a terrible thing that he did…I think we can all agree on that. Do I think the suspension should have been more severe? I do. But that aside it won’t wash away all the positive interactions and influences Ray Rice has had in the city of Baltimore.

  91. thejuddstir says: Jul 29, 2014 8:54 AM

    Pathetic. First Ray Lewis and now Ray Rice, both of whom will become the real legacy of the Ravens as an organization . Words will never describe the fans who actually cheer these type of actions by anyone, much less a public figure.

  92. harveyredman says: Jul 29, 2014 8:59 AM

    therein lies the rub. If he is for the home team, nation, etc. – then it is all good, regardless of the atrocity.

    If we do it it’s okay. Now, if the other guys do the same things we do, well then that’s not good, because no matter how heinous an act or series of acts “we” commit – we have labelled ourselves as the “good guys” and the other” as the “bad guys”.

    This tired act is playing itself out in the world today. And who do we support – well who ever they tell us to on TV.

    Yay Home Team!!!!!! Go for it Ray Ray. What’s a little punch in the face to your lady among homers??!!

  93. oriolesvsravens says: Jul 29, 2014 9:08 AM

    I as a ravens fan think that Rice should have gotten at least 4 games but I am confused as to what all the facts are with this case. Did he knock her unconscious with a punch or a push? Seems like a push would garner all of the ‘discipline’ he’s receiving. I do not see any other situation giving him this outcome.

  94. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 29, 2014 9:08 AM

    if he was on your team your fans would do the same thing.eveybody sucks till there on your team….

  95. derxleben says: Jul 29, 2014 9:11 AM

    “Because he’s the RB Baltimore deserves, but not the one it needs right now.”

  96. notthetroll says: Jul 29, 2014 9:11 AM

    It’s funny the comments on here trying to make it seem as if this is something new and only Baltimore fans would do this.

    Sure, you are going to get flak from the AFC north trolls, and some in other divisions in the surrounding areas, so don’t try to play the victim card as Baltimore fans were huge on the Rothlesburger scandal.

    What you may have missed is, there are many of us who would have been proud if NO ONE CHEERED OR BOOED when he came out. Cheer for Flacco, DEAD SILENCE for Rice, Cheer Suggs, would have been so sweet, and said so much. I know it was what I was hoping for.

  97. rl52hof says: Jul 29, 2014 9:11 AM

    *Googles Steelers fans applaud Roethlisberger*

    *Finds at least 5 stories saying they cheered on Roethlisberger post sexual assault*

    Yup, only Raven’s fans….

    And if you think Roethlisberger isn’t guilty because he wasn’t “charged” then explain to me the settlements he paid to both of his accusers that he can’t speak about….

    What Ray did is/was indefensible, but don’t act like your team is full of little angels either. The NFL is about making money, that’s all they care about. Hopefully both Ray and the NFL will learn from this debacle.

  98. har21441 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:11 AM

    No Surprise. They immortalized a murderer, can’t imagine they have any issue cheering for a wife beater.

  99. sumkat says: Jul 29, 2014 9:12 AM

    “And yes, the price has been enormous – a man’s reputation is more important than being suspended for two games instead of eight”

    No, his “reputation” is a sham. If his “reputation” was that important to him, he wouldn’t of knocked his wife/fiancée out in a public place

    Another clown acting like this is a drunken internet selfie. An “enormous cost” would of seen him in jail for about 18 months for assault, but since the scum bag then married his victim (in an unplanned ceremony, I’m sure that’s a coincidence), so she couldn’t testify against him.

  100. sw19womble says: Jul 29, 2014 9:13 AM

    Ugh! Horrible.

  101. southpaw2k says: Jul 29, 2014 9:22 AM

    troy43mvp says:

    “It’s not just the lowlife fans, it’s the Coach the G.M. the P.R. Guy (Which is actually his job), Roger Goodell too. They all stand behind a man who punches the woman he is suppose to love and protect to the state of dragging (not carrying) her lifeless body out of a casino hotel. They then tell us that he is a “great guy”. He gets a 2 game suspension and one game check taken. Basically he gets paid for the 2nd game so in essence the NFL gave him a weeks vacation in the 2nd week. Hypocrisy has consumed “The Shield”.”

    First of all, her body was not “lifeless.” If that were the case, she would be dead. She was unconscious.

    ***Make no mistake – I’m not justifying or excusing Ray’s actions. He did the crime and now faces punishment and judgment.***

    But since you’re a Steelers fan, maybe you recall what had happened in 2010 when Ben had faced his second sexual assault accusation. Steelers fans all over were demanding he be run out of Pittsburgh after all his shenanigans (and who knows how many more were not made public). That same season, the Steelers went all the way to the Super Bowl, and Ben was magically forgiven by the mass public. Funny how winning can lead to forgiveness.

    I will say it again – if Ray Rice had any history of domestic violence prior to February, the police and/or prosecutor would have found it while investigating him. It doesn’t lessen the gravity of his action, but it does go a long way towards explaining why he was served a 2-game suspension.

  102. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 29, 2014 9:23 AM

    @clashpoint:
    So those of us who still believe in a sense of chivalry, that part of our job as men is to protect the women in our lives, are “cavemen”?

    Did you notice the difference in the size of these two people. If a child throws 37 punches at me, do I have a ‘duty’ to defend myself and knock him out cold? You’ll have a hard time convincing me that the only option available to a guy of his strength was to knock her unconscious.

  103. gdbroker says: Jul 29, 2014 9:24 AM

    As easy as it is to lump an entire fan base together and kick them when something like this happens, keep in mind that every team has fans that will always cheer for “their” guys. I’m a Pats fan and feel disgusted at how many people show up and cheer for Aaron Hernandez at each of his court appearances.

    I’m all for supporting the team, but when its clear that a player who wears your team’s laundry is a genuine bad guy, that’s where that loyalty should end.

  104. kcflake says: Jul 29, 2014 9:28 AM

    Ravens Fans that cheered for Ray Rice should be embarrassed. He should be suspended for the year, if not for life.

  105. jlw12 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:31 AM

    OR, maybe we know him better that the rest of you do. We’ve seen him in our communities, helping our kids and otherwise being a role model. MAYBE we don’t throw people aside in the face of adversity. It has nothing to do with his offense… 2.9 yards per carry does not generally elicit standing ovations.

  106. thraiderskin says: Jul 29, 2014 9:33 AM

    I’m a “don’t want it, don’t start it” sort of guy, but I don’t think cheering Rice was the best move… u can appreciate his community service, while not throwing it in the faces of abuse victims, which is how it might be perceived.

  107. jdmv240 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:39 AM

    i’v been a fan of RR27 for quite sometime. As a Redskins fan, we didn’t have a good halfback for awhile until Morris. So RR27 became my favorite running back, being so close to home (20 mins up 95). Class act, nice guy and all around good player. But i lost a little respect for him over this matter. I will not Boo him, but i will most likely not root for him either. I have my reason.

  108. boomnutz says: Jul 29, 2014 9:41 AM

    All the Ravens fans with defenses should just shut the f*** up. Do you have any idea how stupid you sound? This is one of the moments you grin and bear it. no way to justify hitting a women and i can’t wait until NFL players apply their own code of justice to “ray-ray”

  109. christophershearin says: Jul 29, 2014 9:41 AM

    yes beat a woman unconscious and get cheered, say something racist and get run out of the league

  110. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 29, 2014 9:42 AM

    Somehow I doubt Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore’s most famous son and the source of the Ravens name would be a fan much less cheer for any man that put his hands on a woman. Probably rolling over in his grave saying never more….

    ____________

    Edgar Allan Poe was never a son of Baltimore

    He was a son of Boston. He lived in Baltimore. In true Baltimore fashion, he married his 13 year old cousin when he was 26. The cause of his death has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents. Well, I guess that does make him a son of Baltimore.

  111. traptses says: Jul 29, 2014 9:44 AM

    Not condoning or supporting beating your wife in any way. But didn’t Ocho Cinco get booted from Miami after getting arrested for head butting his wife? I don’t remember this site posting a new article every day about how bad of a person he is.

    And I constantly see the “he only got suspended 2 games while Josh Gordon got suspended a year for only smoking pot.” Fair enough, but pot, regardless of your opinion on legalization, it IS still a banned substance in the NFL, subject to disciplinary action. And Gordon is a MULTIPLE offender of using that banned substance.

    And now you’re saying that Raven fans are supposed to boo the best player on their team? Come on now.

    How many people would actually lose their job because of a fight with his/her significant other? Why are athletes always held on a pedestal? Why does Tiger Woods get taken off the cover of his own video game, because he had an affair? Why do people care about the personal lives of celebrities?

  112. guitarkevin says: Jul 29, 2014 9:55 AM

    REMINDER

    No video has been made public of Ray Rice punching out his then finance. Stop acting like you know what happened.

  113. steeltroll says: Jul 29, 2014 9:55 AM

    Hit like if you’d like to see the internent forum and blog post history of what all these Ravens Rice defenders have posted about Ben Roethlisberger who wasn’t even charged. This whole thing is a giant joke.

  114. bradygirl12 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:56 AM

    To “jetsbandwagon”…

    No one here is cheering for Aaron Hernandez.

    As for the Ravens fans cheering for Rice…it just drives home the point even more that the NFL has no real respect for women. It’s pathetic,just like those Raven fans.

  115. clashpoint says: Jul 29, 2014 10:08 AM

    I’m a Steelers fan, I defended Rice because it’s the right thing to do, and I’ll defend Ben for the same reason.
    ……

    rl52hof says:
    Jul 29, 2014 9:11 AM
    *Googles Steelers fans applaud Roethlisberger*

    *Finds at least 5 stories saying they cheered on Roethlisberger post sexual assault*

    Yup, only Raven’s fans….

    And if you think Roethlisberger isn’t guilty because he wasn’t “charged” then explain to me the settlements he paid to both of his accusers that he can’t speak about….

    ………

    Ben did NOT pay two settlements, I’ll wait while you go look that up.

    In the first case, the woman got fired for telling her co-workers she wanted to have Ben’s baby, and that was against hotel policy. When she tried to file charges, they were denied. When she tried to sue Ben, her co-workers signed depositions saying what she said. Then Ben fought her civil suit for a long time, probably until lawyer fees outweighed everything else. No terms were ever announced. FACTS.

    The second woman from the bar bathroom accusation never filed charges at all, or filed a civil suit, saying she didn’t want to face all the crap she’d take over it. Plus, there was no DNA evidence, and Ben said they never had sex – which is supported by the DNA findings, of course. Go look all that up too. FACTS.

    Ben’s case was the exact thing as happened in Rice’s case – all he really did was embarrass the NFL. And once again you can thumb me down all you want, but I stand by the facts.

  116. metitometin says: Jul 29, 2014 10:09 AM

    God, how disgusting. I expect nothing less from Raven fans. Yeah, let’s cheer him. Way to hit a defenseless woman in an elevator! Way to get off with only a 2-game suspension from the NFL! You da man Ray. It’s stories like these that make me wonder how Neanderthal all NFL fans have become.

  117. leatherhelmets says: Jul 29, 2014 10:11 AM

    Wonder why $he is $taying with Ray after $he wa$ knocked out and dragged around? Mo$t women would file a re$training order.
    Anyone have any idea$?

  118. godofwine330 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:11 AM

    Listen, although many fo us have seen the events outside the elevator, none of us have seen or know what lead up to that. No, he should not have hit her, but what preceded the punch that football fans around the world saw is why I believe he only got 2 games. Ray Rice’s now wife admitted to her part in the fight to the commish.

    Men should not hit women, this is true. But women should also not hit men, and we’ve all seen it. We’ve seen it on TV with the slap across the face, an we’ve seen it in person at times with a woman wailing on a man and sometimes kicking him too. While many of us have either not been in a situation like that or were able to keep a cool head and restrain (which is also against the law and is called kidnapping…yeah, I know), some men react the way they would when attacked…they attack back. This isn’t the RIGHT reaction, but we have to admit it is a normal one.

    When someone attacks you and inflicts damage on you and is above the size of a child (you can’t respond to a 9 yr old kicking you the way you do a grown person), sometimes your natural instinct to defend yourself kicks in as your first reaction and it is possible that this is what happened in this case, which is likely what Ray and his wife told the commish.

    Calm down people. Many of you still call Ray Lewis a murderer, so I expect a lot of thumbs down, but those with open minds may see that I don’t defend his actions as much as explain what may have happened.

  119. clipper522 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:13 AM

    The football community will see exactly who Ray Rice is now that they know his name. I have every bit of confidence he will right his wrongdoing in the public eye. Whether it is support he gives to charities for victims of domestic abuse, creates his own fund, starts a speaking campaign, etc.

  120. clashpoint says: Jul 29, 2014 10:15 AM

    @ thegenoatkinsdiet:

    You can call it whatever you want. The laws of America are still the law of America, and they matter more than anyone’s “chivalry.” It’s not your job either, it’s just your preference.

    Discrimination by size is also against the laws of America, by the way. Everyone has the right to defend themselves. Now, if you go too far, I believe it’s called excessive force, which is something else entirely. The point still stands.

  121. mrtreyseven says: Jul 29, 2014 10:18 AM

    What if Ray Rice actually did not do anything??? Here me out all they have is evidence of what took place getting off the elevator no one knows what could’ve happened. The fact that his fiancee still married him and spoke up for him on numerous occasions including to Goddell doesn’t mean anything in this”…. fire a man even though he hasn’t had legal is before” society. Im not a huge Ravens fan but I feel because he is an athlete he is getting the raw enough of the stick. Some of your best friends or neighbors are participating in domestic violence and you all still go out and have a blast. Not saying men who beat women are justified but lets have more evidence than that. That scenario could’ve played so many ways that wouldn’t even involve him hitting her. What was her alcohol level they were at a casino right? Was she being violent against him and in an effort to restrain her she bucks loose hurting herself in the process. In this “Sue Me” society why would she vouch for the guy if she could take half if not damn near all his money, and leave the woman beater alone?

  122. hakunamangata says: Jul 29, 2014 10:22 AM

    So I guess it’s news for Ravens fans to wear #27 jerseys now?

    I look forward to hearing about the Steeler fans in #7, Bengals fans in just about half their team, Browns fans in #98, Eagles fans in #14, Redskins fans in #83 Giants fans in #56, 17, Cowboys fans in #88, and their starting D line from last year, and o line from the 90s, Niner fans in #99, Cardinal fans in #56, Falcon fans in #84, Saints fans in #42, and 91 Panther fans in #98, Bucs fans in #97….

    Shall I continue? Or are your glass houses shattered?

    I’ll continue

    Jags fans in #14, Rams fans in #94, Packers fans for #33, Jets for #23, Bears for #81, Dolphins for #53, Raiders for any first rounder until 2012, Lions for #11, 32, Hawks fans for #24, 74, Titans fans for #18, or Broncos fans for #58?

    No? No stories about that?

  123. doe22us says: Jul 29, 2014 10:22 AM

    I wouldnt call myself a Ravens fan, just a fan of football, and i have been to a ton of Ravens games these past couple of years. I dont in any way condone what Ray did, but when i saw a tweet that the fans were cheering i almost threw up in my mouth disgusting.

  124. brento1499 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:23 AM

    as if he would have gotten booed by the fans in any other city.
    if brady had hit gizelle, would the pats fans have not cheered him in training camp? or sherman in seattle, AP in minny, etc etc etc

  125. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 29, 2014 10:23 AM

    I think the nail in Rice’s reputation coffin was that he actually paraded his wife out to the media so she could … apologize … for her role in his assaulting her.

    That undercut any grace those of us who believe in second chances wanted to extend to him.

  126. southpaw2k says: Jul 29, 2014 10:30 AM

    teal379 says:

    “Interesting – Raven’s fans cheer a wife beater.

    Packers are reluctant to have Favre back because the fans might boo him for his off the field issues (pictures to massage therapists) and team choices in FA.

    One guy was an above average RB that won’t sniff the HOF (he’s not HOF material – seriously) and the other has been mentioned as one of the greatest QB’s the league has ever seen. One is held to almost no standard, the other to a much higher one.”

    ————————————————-

    Steelers fans cheered on their QB after he had crashed his motorcycle into a woman’s car, as well as faced sexual assault accusations. Eagles fans cheered their QB after he had been in prison for a year for dog fighting charges. Lakers fans cheered their HOF point guard after he had faced rape charges (and at worst, he had cheated on his wife).

    Why are you talking about Ravens fans and Ray Rice as if they’re different or new?

    And what’s with comparing Rice to Favre? Favre and the Packers couldn’t be more different. That relationship was the result of Favre being a diva year in, year out over whether he was retiring or not. The front office got tired of waiting, so they chose on their own to move forward. He threw a fit, and chose to keep playing elsewhere for three more years. That’s completely the other end of the spectrum from Rice and the Ravens.

    And who’s calling Rice a HOF running back? He’s exactly what you said – above average. I never thought of him as a potential HOF player.

    Your post is so bass-ackwards it’s laughable.

  127. scw1993 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:33 AM

    Cheering a murderer, now a wife beater.Raven’s fans are a classless, pathetic bunch. The whole nation is watching this debacle.

  128. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:33 AM

    They weren’t cheering for him because he got in a domestic dispute. They were cheering for a football player for their favorite team. A team that is playing a game that can be an outlet or a distraction from the stresses of their regular lives.

    Maybe we don’t need to act as if these guys should be model citizens because they play in the NFL. Maybe we should just treat them as a number on a jersey for a team we enjoying watching and following.

  129. pskotte says: Jul 29, 2014 10:33 AM

    Disgraceful. I can’t decide who is worse, Rice or his fans.

  130. troy43mvp says: Jul 29, 2014 10:39 AM

    Southpaw….First and foremost Ben was never charged. No video evidence. Next the coach and ownership along with G.M. didn’t stand next to Ben and talk about how great of a guy he is. Next quit calling it a “mistake” that Rice made. A mistake is something where a person say “oops”. People don’t knock out a 110 pound woman and drag her from an elevator and say “oops”. Finally the best part about this joke of a suspension is that Rice is not getting away with anything, because the court of public opinion has now taken over and chiming in on what they think of (what we already know) Roger Goodell’s hypocrisy and puts a light on the Raven’s character from the front office on down to the fans.

  131. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:39 AM

    “I do not defend Ray Rice’s actions, but i will defend to the death the right to defend his actions.” -Voltaire

  132. suggsrules55 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:40 AM

    I was in the audience at m and T bank stadium and i can tell you my wife and i were very uncomfortable and perplexed when that cheer went up. As a white person with a black latin wife from Puerto Rico I think it was more of a cultural response that happened in that audience. I still remember when african americans cheered for OJ even though he was overwhelmingly guilty. The vast majority of cheers yesterday for Ray were coming from people of color. People even stood up and cheered him i think it comes form an impulse to support someone who has been vilified in the press and in blogs ignoring all the good he has done in our community before that incident. To me his actions were reprehensible and inexcusable but his wife married him knowing what he is capable of. They have known each other since high school so she must have believed it was something extremely out of character for him it certainly was as far as his public persona and his anti bullying campaigns he was so passionate about.

  133. stixzidinia says: Jul 29, 2014 10:41 AM

    Nothing new for Ravens fans, they cheered their biggest hero for years…….a guy who had to plea bargain his way out of a double murder rap. Hint: innocent people don’t have to plea bargain out of crimes they didn’t commit.

    And I love the Ravens fans saying “you guys don’t know him like we do”. LOL. None of you know him at all. Ray Rice couldn’t name a single one of you fans. People thought they knew OJ Simpson too, another guy heavily involved with charity.

  134. dontstabmeray says: Jul 29, 2014 10:46 AM

    He’s really a disgusting human being. But why are we talking about a guy who can’t average 3 ypc now?

  135. cincyalldaway says: Jul 29, 2014 10:47 AM

    They would! Only classless fans such as the Baltimoroons would cheer a woman beating POS like this! Any thing to win, huh guys?!? PATHETIC!

  136. trenchbattles says: Jul 29, 2014 10:47 AM

    Ravens should have released him, he was terrible last year and now they are dealing with negative publicity from the situation. Take the cap hit and start pierce

  137. seahawkswilson says: Jul 29, 2014 10:50 AM

    Likley headed to be this generations’ OJ Simpson

  138. southpaw2k says: Jul 29, 2014 11:00 AM

    troy43mvp says:

    “Southpaw….First and foremost Ben was never charged. No video evidence. Next the coach and ownership along with G.M. didn’t stand next to Ben and talk about how great of a guy he is. Next quit calling it a “mistake” that Rice made. A mistake is something where a person say “oops”. People don’t knock out a 110 pound woman and drag her from an elevator and say “oops”. Finally the best part about this joke of a suspension is that Rice is not getting away with anything, because the court of public opinion has now taken over and chiming in on what they think of (what we already know) Roger Goodell’s hypocrisy and puts a light on the Raven’s character from the front office on down to the fans.”

    ———————————————–

    Re-read my comment.

    1. I didn’t say Ben was charged. I said he was accused. And the Rooneys DID elect to stand by him after they had met, despite fan reactions screaming to run him out of Pittsburgh.

    2. I didn’t say Rice had made a “mistake” either. I do believe this was not typical of his character, otherwise the criminal investigation would have turned up some kind of history with regards to Janay or previous relationships. That’s a bona fide fact that most people don’t seem to think about here.

  139. magicmtndan says: Jul 29, 2014 11:00 AM

    And in a related story, the Ravens announced they’re changing their jerseys this year.

    The new jerseys will be Wife Beaters.

    The Ravens expect record sales as their research indicates the fans completely support Wife Beaters.

  140. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:18 AM

    Like do they support the Hanes T-shirt’s called “wife-beaters?”

    She wasn’t his wife at the time so is he a Fiancee beater? Lame….all lame.

  141. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 29, 2014 11:20 AM

    rickastleydancemoves says:
    Jul 29, 2014 5:20 AM

    You sheep would be doing the same thing if he played for your team

    Didn’t the guy average 3.1 yards per carry last year then beat his wife unconscious? Yet we would be doing the same thing if he played for our team? Are you kidding? Low expectations in Baltimore I would say.

  142. bradygirl12 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:22 AM

    How pathetic is it that the victim in all of this is the one who begged Goodell to go easy on him? I don’t care if it only happened once (so they say. Once is too many times. I’d be gone,no matter how much he makes.

  143. mogogo1 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:26 AM

    Must have been fun for parents there to have to explain to their kids why everybody was so happy to see Rice. “You see, Billy, he beat his wife half to death but we need to cheer him because we’re mindless sheep and he’s one of our own. We can boo him mercilessly if he ever gets traded.”

  144. mungman69 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:29 AM

    The Raven fans cheered this guy?
    I wonder if he would cheer if Ray Rice beat his mother? His wife? His daughter?

  145. troy43mvp says: Jul 29, 2014 11:35 AM

    1. I didn’t say Ben was charged. I said he was accused. And the Rooneys DID elect to stand by him after they had met, despite fan reactions screaming to run him out of Pittsburgh.

    2. I didn’t say Rice had made a “mistake” either. I do believe this was not typical of his character, otherwise the criminal investigation would have turned up some kind of history with regards to Janay or previous relationships. That’s a bona fide fact that most people don’t seem to think about here.

    Sooooo one was arrested and one was accused. Wouldn’t you think the one with visual evidence and an arrest would serve the longer suspension? The Rooney’s didn’t even have an arrest to go by, so they would have been sued if they broke the contract due to accusations and they cetainly didn’t go on record like your coach and G.M. to say they think he is a “good guy”. As far as being typical of his behavior for Rice, if the woman is apologizing for taking a punch, how many beatings in the past do you think she was going to report? It’s early, now that this is out there I am sure others might start to speak up. If not we still have a situation that your entire organization supports a woman beater. You can’t deny that because they have even said it themselves. We also have an obvious bias Commish as well.

  146. fivechampionships says: Jul 29, 2014 11:36 AM

    enoughofthatalready says:
    Jul 29, 2014 7:49 AM
    Five….what flavor of Kool-Aid are you drinking? He punched out his fiancé in a public place….

    ______________________

    Actually, the facts of the case STRONGLY suggest that this isnt the case – police sent them home TOGETHER, prosecutors cut a deal, Goodell was more lenient than expected, she forgave him, her FATHER forgave him, EVERYONE that has seen the second tape has reacted in a way that suggests that what he did, while certainly wrong, was MUCH LESS egregious than what the general public has assumed based on the elevator tape.

    But don’t worry about facts. That would require actual independent thought.

  147. bluenose1965 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:36 AM

    This seems like a well played tactic by Rice.
    There’s no way he would have been cheered by Ravens fans based on last year’s performance.

    Well played Ray.

  148. destructicus says: Jul 29, 2014 11:42 AM

    To the supports of Ray Rice who believe that he is a good guy who just made a terrible mistake.

    Good guys don’t hit women. Period.

    He deserves our forgiveness after he is punished properly and earns our forgiveness.

    If he dodges his due punishment, as is currently happening, then he shouldn’t be cheered.

    If you can boo a player for having a fumbling problem you should boo a player for having made “one mistake” in hitting a woman.

  149. deathonwings410 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:42 AM

    So he beat his baby mom’s big deal. She provoked him and probably had it coming. She’s forgiven him, when will the rest of you?

  150. imbaked247 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:43 AM

    R Lewis got away with murder and was still loved, Rice checking his chick ain’t no thing for the real Ravens fans.

  151. ghost26 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:43 AM

    Let’s be clear–Ray Rice punched Janay so hard that he knocked her unconscious!!! I’m sorry I just don’t believe Ray Rice’s wife Janay when she says that this is the first time Ray ever hit her. And if anyone watched her do that joint press conference (which she should have NEVER been asked to do) she clearly sounded scared & even blamed herself??? She blamed herself for being knocked unconscious??? If that doesn’t sound like she’s in denial for being a victim of domestic abuse I don’t know what does.

    Obviously the NFL is at fault here for giving out a ridiculous two game suspension (should have been 8 games) but so is Steve Buscotti, Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh, etc. for not taking their own disciplinary action. It really doesn’t matter how great of a guy Ray Rice was before this occurred they need to make a statement to all of their players that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

    BTW–How many Ravens players have been arrested this off season???

  152. granadafan says: Jul 29, 2014 11:48 AM

    Disgusting. I don’t like the Ravens, but I won’t get on my high horse to blast Ravens fans. Sports fans will cheer the guys on their teams no matter what. The lying cheating drug cheat scumbag, Ryan Braun still gets cheered in Milwaukee. So did Alex Rodriguez in Yankee stadium. Heck, Barry Bonds still got standing ovations for my Giants.

    It’s a little surprising to see women wearing Rice jerseys, but they’re star struck as anyone

  153. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Jul 29, 2014 11:49 AM

    *Googles Steelers fans applaud Roethlisberger*

    *Finds at least 5 stories saying they cheered on Roethlisberger post sexual assault*

    Yup, only Raven’s fans….

    And if you think Roethlisberger isn’t guilty because he wasn’t “charged” then explain to me the settlements he paid to both of his accusers that he can’t speak about….
    ———————–
    The settlements made the civil cases go away. If there was any evidence of rape or sexual assault then no amount of money paid to the victims is going to stop the criminal proceedings.

    In any case, too bad. Deal with it. It’s the Ravens’ fans turn to bite into the turd sandwich. If you can stand the taste and remain a Raven fan, then you will be better for the experience.

  154. fivechampionships says: Jul 29, 2014 11:49 AM

    Nice post, ghost26. Just go ahead and make up anything you want. Don’t worry that none of it can be substantiated by any real facts, or video, or statements from authorities, or witnesses, or participants. Thanks for being ‘clear’.

  155. ghost26 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:49 AM

    ‘fivechampionships says: Jul 29, 2014 11:36 AM

    enoughofthatalready says:
    Jul 29, 2014 7:49 AM
    Five….what flavor of Kool-Aid are you drinking? He punched out his fiancé in a public place….

    ______________________

    Actually, the facts of the case STRONGLY suggest that this isnt the case – police sent them home TOGETHER, prosecutors cut a deal, Goodell was more lenient than expected, she forgave him, her FATHER forgave him, EVERYONE that has seen the second tape has reacted in a way that suggests that what he did, while certainly wrong, was MUCH LESS egregious than what the general public has assumed based on the elevator tape.

    But don’t worry about facts. That would require actual independent thought.’

    fivechampionships,

    So you’re saying that Ray didn’t knock her unconscious??? Are you insane???

  156. MikeisWise says: Jul 29, 2014 11:50 AM

    It’s not the NFL’s job to teach people about domestic violence. And FYI the few hundred thousand dollars they did fine him is ALOT more than what the courts are doing to him. Just be happy for that, you children

  157. sbchampsagain says: Jul 29, 2014 11:58 AM

    No one posting here knows what happened, or the full story, including Florio and co.

    Simply lots of uninformed people spouting b.s.

    A perfect example: Rice didn’t get married to keep his wife from testifying like some suggested.

    There is NO spousal priviledge in NJ for something that happened BEFORE you are married!

  158. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Jul 29, 2014 11:58 AM

    If all my comments are going to get deleted can you at least send me an email explaining why

  159. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 29, 2014 12:00 PM

    mrtreyseven says:
    Jul 29, 2014 10:18 AM

    What if Ray Rice actually did not do anything??? Here me out all they have is evidence of what took place getting off the elevator no one knows what could’ve happened. The fact that his fiancee still married him and spoke up for him on numerous occasions including to Goddell doesn’t mean anything in this”…. fire a man even though he hasn’t had legal is before” society. Im not a huge Ravens fan but I feel because he is an athlete he is getting the raw enough of the stick. Some of your best friends or neighbors are participating in domestic violence and you all still go out and have a blast. Not saying men who beat women are justified but lets have more evidence than that. That scenario could’ve played so many ways that wouldn’t even involve him hitting her. What was her alcohol level they were at a casino right? Was she being violent against him and in an effort to restrain her she bucks loose hurting herself in the process. In this “Sue Me” society why would she vouch for the guy if she could take half if not damn near all his money, and leave the woman beater alone?

    Can these excuses be any more stupid? If it were you and everyone assumed you punched a woman and KO’d her would you just plead down and go into a diversion program? I would be screaming my innocence not sitting quietly and hiding. I would have my attorneys show everyone the videos to prove I am innocent.

    Here is an analogy: Take a 6th grader who is being provoked by a second grader (woman size vs football player) and the 6th grader knocks him out? Is that justified or could the 6th grader being this altruistic guy for the community could have actually just wrapped his arms around him? Just because he has hid his dark side doesn’t make this an isolated incident imo. Just about every abuser has done it before or will likely do it again statistics prove that. If there was no video on that elevator I am sure we would not be here talking about it and he would be a model citizen in your eyes instead of a cowardly abuser

  160. godofwine330 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:01 PM

    Someone said, he hit her so hard it knocked her unconsious!!!

    What if she hit him first and he reacted by hitting him? I said earlier, men shouldn’t hit women, but women should not hit men, either. He’s bigger than her, so she really shouldn’t have entered into a physical conflict with him if that is what happened.

    I’m smaller than Mike Tyson, and if arguing with Mike Tyson I decided to punch, slap, or expectorate on him he would likely leave me unconscious due to the sheersize/strength advantage. Because he knocked he unconsious should not mean a greater penalty, and the entirety of the conflict should be judged, not just what happened outside the elevator.

    Not condoning what he did, it was wrong, but some of the comments here are just way off. Some of you don’t believe he should play in the NFL ever again, while some others have said 8 games. While I believe the fine that he received of $750k, should have been enough.

  161. alchemistcirca1979 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:03 PM

    Hi guys, Steeler fan here. Just wanted to add I don’t like the ravens nor their fans. and I’m sure they feel the same way about us.

    That is all.

  162. doni609 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:17 PM

    I can see why the moronic fans in Baltimore would cheer for this turd. They have a love of felons with the name ‘Ray’. Besides, after the ‘stabber’/murderer Ray Lewis this act of knocking your lady around a bit and dragging her around by the hair pretty much rates up there with stealing a piece of candy. Let’s hope that Ray, Jr. has enough sense left in his pea brain to pick on someone his own size……or was he?

  163. mrtreyseven says: Jul 29, 2014 12:17 PM

    In a society where I can break in your house get hurt and turn around and sue you and win. Why would a woman who is involved with millionaire athlete go back and get beat on not only go back but marry him and vouch for him. Apologize for her role in the “Situation”. Sorry I dont know no man that has that much control of a woman not that I believe men should control women.

  164. ravensterps says: Jul 29, 2014 12:17 PM

    It’s sad and amazing that most of you don’t even realize your hatred for Ray Rice is more about your own ego than it is about anything positive.

  165. southpaw2k says: Jul 29, 2014 12:20 PM

    troy43mvp says:

    “[So] one was arrested and one was accused. Wouldn’t you think the one with visual evidence and an arrest would serve the longer suspension? The Rooneys didn’t even have an arrest to go by, so they would have been sued if they broke the contract due to accusations and they [certainly] didn’t go on record like your coach and G.M. to say they think he is a “good guy”. As far as being typical of his behavior for Rice, if the woman is apologizing for taking a punch, how many beatings in the past do you think she was going to report? It’s early, now that this is out there I am sure others might start to speak up. If not we still have a situation that your entire organization supports a woman beater. You can’t deny that because they have even said it themselves. We also have an [obviously biased] Commish as well.”

    Medical records, you fool. The police and/or prosecutors could have researched any injuries Janay or previous girlfriends had to see if there was a history of domestic violence. If there was any dirt to find, those facts would have eventually come out by now (you know, kinda like how prosecutors and police have connected the dots on Aaron Hernandez), along with the video of Rice punching Janay. Why does this fact escape so many people?

    And the Rooneys had a motorcycle accident along with the sexual assault accusations. That’s at least three instances of conduct unbecoming an NFL player, especially one who is a franchise QB. You’re also ignoring the fact that Steelers fans were screaming for the Rooneys to dump Ben in 2010, only to forgive and forget 6 months later when the Steelers were in Super Bowl 45.

    To answer your question, no, I don’t think the suspension should have automatically been longer based solely on the idea of arrest vs accusation. Ben had a much longer list and history of conduct violations than Rice did. Ben served an appropriate 4-game suspension because it wasn’t the first time he was in legal trouble. Rice never had any legal issues going as far back as his college days. His first run-in with the law was a severe one to be sure, so his suspension was appropriate.

  166. axespray says: Jul 29, 2014 12:22 PM

    those fans fail as human beings.

  167. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:28 PM

    axespray says:
    Jul 29, 2014 12:22 PM
    those fans fail as human beings.

    Christ preached forgiveness. Maybe it is you that is failing.

  168. hens10 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:40 PM

    Way to stay classy Baltimore!!!!

  169. jdrewsy says: Jul 29, 2014 12:40 PM

    Comedian Louis C.K. put it this way – For years men beating their wives was totally OK!! Now it is frowned upon. Frowned upon?

    That is what RG did. He frowned upon Ray Rice and a little 2 gamer as well.

  170. thejuddstir says: Jul 29, 2014 12:41 PM

    He may have been cheered in his own stadium but I’ll bet any amount of money that he will be loudly booed in 31 other stadiums.

  171. dickjagger says: Jul 29, 2014 12:47 PM

    Rice certainly made a mistake but come on! The self righteous vitriol that comes constantly from this site is another sad indication of how hypocritical this society has become. Troll on, trollers!

  172. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:50 PM

    I would take that 31 other stadiums bet in a heart beat!!! (giants/jets)

  173. kcflake says: Jul 29, 2014 12:59 PM

    How do John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome look at themselves in the mirror???

  174. dazehorn says: Jul 29, 2014 1:00 PM

    I was at the practice last night and I didn’t cheer for Ray Rice. I find it difficult to considering the circumstances. I, however, find all of these comments entirely to hypocritical to be taken seriously. We saw the back end of a disturbing encounter. We can’t assume that Ray Rice “right hooked” his now wife. No one on this page saw the elevator footage and while I have read comments stating ‘they heard’ Ray Rice punched her in the face, I have ‘heard’ the complete opposite. I heard that she was slapping him in the face, provoking Ray and he defended himself causing her to slip and bang her head on the brass rail in the elevator, knocking her unconscious. We will never know which story is correct and creating a story in your head just because you don’t like the Ravens or their fans is ignorant. I would love to see the reaction from Cleveland fans for Johnny Football (and Josh Gordon for that matter, who is still practicing with the Browns), 49ers fans on Aldon Smith, NY Jets fans on Michael Vick and so on and so forth.

  175. kcflake says: Jul 29, 2014 1:07 PM

    When Larry Johnson had negative interactions with women, you NEVER heard a Chiefs Fan cheer Larry Johnson on. We wanted him kicked out of town, and that’s what happened.

    Apparently, the Ravens do not have the same standards or integrity.

  176. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 29, 2014 1:13 PM

    @clashpoint
    Just because one has the right to do something, does not make it the right thing to do. Not that I would expect a lawyer to understand that.

    To repeat in the (vain) hope of being understood: you are the one defending a man who punched out a woman, yet guys like me who don’t like his actions are the “cavemen”? You are the one standing near the hair-draggers, not us.

  177. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 29, 2014 1:25 PM

    It’s sad and amazing that most of you don’t even realize your hatred for Ray Rice is more about your own ego than it is about anything positive.

    What’s sad and amazing is that you are that myopic. For a few this may be an easy chance at a cheap shot, but I dare say for many of us, this has nothing to do with hating Ray Rice (I don’t) and everything to do with hating domestic violence.

  178. 1phillyphan says: Jul 29, 2014 1:28 PM

    Ravens fans should be ashamed of themselves..they cheered Ray Lewis after he plead guilty to ( at least some part) of a a murder. Maybe the Ravens should get Darren Woodson out of jail and sign him..I’m sure the ravens fans would cheer him as well.

  179. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:34 PM

    “Let thee without sin, cast the first stone.” *Everyone on the internet rears back*

  180. packerfansarefatdrunkandstupid says: Jul 29, 2014 1:35 PM

    No one has ever accused Ravens fans of being anything but lowlife turds. This is just more proof.

  181. juliusanonymous says: Jul 29, 2014 1:41 PM

    The guy is scum and it’s sad that fans cheered that. Not just for hitting a woman but for how he dragged her out of the elevator after knocking her out. I saw that video and it was enough to turn my stomach.

    I always liked Baltimore and its fans, but no more. Don’t hate the team or fans, but no love either. Cheering a woman beater? Classless. Disgusting. Inexcusable.

  182. purp1eone says: Jul 29, 2014 1:49 PM

    I guess its just something about that name Ray in baltimore…….

  183. southpaw2k says: Jul 29, 2014 1:54 PM

    1phillyphan says:

    “Ravens fans should be ashamed of themselves..they cheered Ray Lewis after he plead guilty to ( at least some part) of a murder….”

    ————————————————-

    Ray Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

    The two men who died had histories of drug charges and illegal weapons possession. Anything but nice guys out for a midnight stroll.

    The other two defendants in the case were found not guilty on grounds of self-defense.

    What parts of these facts do not make sense for non-Ravens fans?

  184. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:59 PM

    Southpaw2k….don’t let facts get in the way of a good narrative and an opportunity for the masses to act righteous.

  185. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 29, 2014 2:13 PM

    Anyone thinking that Raven fans could be ashamed of cheering doesn’t really understand the deranged nature of the animals that root for the a Ravens. All you can hope for is that they don’t move next store or continue to breed.

  186. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 2:31 PM

    purp1eone says:
    Jul 29, 2014 1:49 PM
    I guess its just something about that name Ray in baltimore…….

    -Yup, champions.

  187. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 2:37 PM

    next store???

  188. atxpatfan says: Jul 29, 2014 2:41 PM

    Ravens fans –

    Re-watch the video and imagine that’s YOUR own daughter being dragged out of the elevator and tossed around like a sack of potatoes by some guy.

    How do you HONESTLY feel now? As a dad…I could tell you what I’d do to him in that situation but my post would get deleted.

    If you’re not feeling more than a little outraged (and even a little ashamed for your support), then you certainly never loved a child of your own, or you just aren’t being honest or worst of all…have no empathy for other humans.

    What did you guys say about Roethlesberger…or Aaron Hernandez when those things happened? Stop being hypocrites…it’s just a game…we all love the NFL but it doesn’t mean everyone who plays for “our team” is good and honest and a paragon of virtue. They aren’t superheros.

    Just be honest…you’d get WAY more respect if you were.

  189. jukeboxhero101 says: Jul 29, 2014 3:05 PM

    rice jerseys spotted on women and children. come on. there you go. ravens fans have just declared themselves the biggest idiots on the planet.

  190. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 29, 2014 3:27 PM

    Champions? Nah, criminals fits better. And please don’t move next door or breed.

  191. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 3:31 PM

    What circumstances are acceptable/forgivable for a guy that otherwise had a history of being a good guy? In other words, where do you draw the line for letting one incident define a person?

  192. Bull Rush says: Jul 29, 2014 3:35 PM

    atxpatfan says: Jul 29, 2014 2:41 PM

    That is a good question.

    Presumably if it was someone who was in a serious relationship with my daughter to the point of being engaged I’d know quite a bit about their character and relationship already. And I’d probably know a lot more about what happened than an elevator video showed.

    So if for over half a decade I’d grown to like and love my future son in law, and then this happens, and there has been zero evidence of prior abuse (yes as a father I would know) I would be disappointed in them both, I would lose respect for him, but I wouldn’t over react.

    That’s the problem. People are concluding about a point in time. Take it in context.

  193. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 3:50 PM

    Is Ray Lewis technically a criminal? It was charged with a misdemeanor. But once again don’t let facts get in the way of your narrative.

  194. nvl004 says: Jul 29, 2014 3:51 PM

    i also don’t think Rice has been convicted of a crime yet. So technically he isn’t a criminal.

  195. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 29, 2014 4:16 PM

    i also don’t think Rice has been convicted of a crime yet. So technically he isn’t a criminal.

    Since when has that been a prerequisite for Roger Goodell? Or for Ravens fans who love to make fun of guys on other teams who make a PR mess?

  196. ahostiletakeover says: Jul 29, 2014 4:23 PM

    You can all keep crying all you want. All I know is that Ray Rice has been active in his communit his entire life, made one horrific mistake (it happened and no one is defending that actual action) and has learned from his mistake, something the guy every moron wants to compare him to (despite the fact that there is NOTHING in common with these cases or with the perpetrators themselves) cannot get through his thick skull. When was the last time Gordon did anything for anyone except offer to get them high? There is a reason Gordon was a supplemental pick in the first place, a pattern of behavior that has followed him to the NFL. If you look at the backgrounds of both players, you’ll see exactly why their punishments will be as they are regardless of the specifics of the violations.

  197. juliusanonymous says: Jul 29, 2014 5:02 PM

    Makes me sick to see people making excuses for a woman beater. I don’t care if it’s the first time he’s been arrested for it. I don’t care what his excuse is. I DON’T CARE.

    I have never raised my fist to a woman, never punched or hit one, never knocked a woman unconscious, and NEVER dragged their unconscious body out of an elevator like I was dragging a suitcase. That is inexcusable.

    I’ve dated the craziest psycho chick of all time, she was literally bipolar and unmedicated, and once attacked me with a knife in my apartment while we were drunk (found out later that Ambien and booze are not a good mix and it’s a common issue with women). You know what I did? Left the apartment, came back the next morning when she woke up and told her to pack her bags and get out. No excuses.

  198. ivanmook says: Jul 29, 2014 6:45 PM

    I never watched Ray Rice anyway. Why? I couldn’t stand watching Ravens games because of that GOD AWFUL SEVEN NATION ARMY CHANT!

  199. skins359 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:00 PM

    Reminds me of the fans in Atlanta that used to give John Rocker standing ovations post SI story.

  200. pftaddiction1 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:42 PM

    Since I believe women and men are equal I think the info made a tragic mistake in this case. If Ray rice sucker punched a women in the face he should be banned from the league for life. If he was punched first he should have no penalty at all! Tired of hearing how men and women should be treated differently. We are equals people, wake up its 2014!!!

  201. twerkslikeMiley says: Jul 30, 2014 8:30 AM

    After watching how this off-season unfolded in Baltimore, is this not the most tone deaf organization in pro sports, from their front office to their twitter account to their fans?

    I can’t get over how this thing has been portrayed in Baltimore. If you see fan comments on the website and hear them talk, you get the feeling it was Rice that is the victim, not Janay.

  202. seachicken64 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:01 PM

    What is it about Ravens named Ray?

  203. nvl004 says: Jul 31, 2014 6:39 AM

    They win super bowls?

  204. Dogsweat says: Aug 3, 2014 3:13 PM

    May the sinless Kaepernick forgive his trespasses.

  205. mistasofly says: Aug 5, 2014 11:36 AM

    It’s Funny How All Of These People Are So Up In Arms All Of A Sudden About Ray Rice So Called Knocking Out His Fiance (Theres No Proof That That’s What Happened BTW), And Being Captain Save-A-Womans.

    If you All Cared About Womens Well Being How Come All Of You Are Silent As Church Mice About Renisha Mcbride, and All These Women That Have Been Getting Beat Up By The Police Lately.

    Ray Rice Apologized To His Wife, She Forgave Him, He Got His Punishment, So Let’s Move On.

  206. osage44 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:44 PM

    Ray Rice beats women unconscious. He is a hero to Ravens fans.

  207. osage44 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:50 PM

    mistasofly, your deranged post may explain a lot about where this country is heading. I’ll bet you are the pride of your non-nuclear family.

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