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Ray Rice will take questions from reporters for first time today

Ray Rice, Janay Rice AP

Ray Rice has stood in front of his bosses, judges and the commissioner.

But for the first time since video showed him dragging his unconscious wife out of an elevator, he’ll stand in front of reporters asking questions today.

The Ravens running back is scheduled to talk to reporters today about his two-game suspension, and the incident that led to it.

The organization has protected him carefully, from a press conference with no questions to passionate defenses on the team’s official website, but today he’ll be on his own.

You’ll see his heart, just like you saw it last time,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “He’s not going to give you some polished press conference. That’s not Ray. Ray’s going to speak from the heart.”

Harbaugh said yesterday that he was proud of the way Rice has handled the situation (not the assault, the reaction to the assault), but Rice could make some headway this afternoon.

Of course, that would take acknowledging a mistake and doing something about it, rather than just referring to domestic violence as another one of the catch-all “distractions,” which plague NFL teams.

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27 Responses to “Ray Rice will take questions from reporters for first time today”
  1. tcostant says: Jul 31, 2014 9:42 AM

    First question. “Why does your wife seem to think it’s her fault that you knocked her out cold”?

  2. youtubeingravenvids says: Jul 31, 2014 9:43 AM

    And even if he says ALL the right things, no matter how many times he apologizes, you are still gonna bash him.

  3. RegisHawk says: Jul 31, 2014 9:47 AM

    Rice will take questions, but his only answer will be “I’m just workin’ hard, to help my team out”.

  4. iman62 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:49 AM

    Better get your popcorn ready.

  5. sellout1983 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:52 AM

    Whomever the PR director for the Ravens is should be fired immediately.

  6. 2blingluvinit says: Jul 31, 2014 9:53 AM

    I believe the NFL considered it a catch-all distraction with the 2 game suspension handed down. Not Ray Rice.

  7. oldirtyman says: Jul 31, 2014 9:57 AM

    The NFL only gave him a two game suspension because in week three the Ravens have a prime time game. Nice going NFL, putting your ratings above your morals.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 31, 2014 10:05 AM

    How about suspending himself for one extra game and condemning Goodell’s light sentence? That would tug at my heartstrings.

  9. ajgreenhof says: Jul 31, 2014 10:06 AM

    Can’t wait!

  10. lowut5 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:16 AM

    Let’s be honest; Rice probably wouldn’t get hated on a lot more if his suspension was 6-8 games. As a Ravens fan, a 2 game suspension is too soft.
    I don’t care if I get hated for my comments (probably will. Let the down votes commence), but I’m ready to forgive Rice. I’m not saying what he did was acceptable, but he’s learned from his experience and moved on. Haters gonna hate but he’s doing everything to help himself and his wife move on. I don’t care if people say Ravens fans are trash for supporting Rice. I bet that if Rice played for your favorite team, you would forgive him one day as well.

  11. sbchampsagain says: Jul 31, 2014 10:26 AM

    I liked Ray Rice prior to this event and can’t fully forgive him.
    He’s said the right things so far but I want to see if he’s truly in earnest.
    I hope he is.

  12. polamalurulz43 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:28 AM

    I think that was his fist, not his heart.

  13. superslugg says: Jul 31, 2014 10:29 AM

    He better get tough questions and follow-ups about all the details in the video(not letting him evade). Hopefully they’ll have some national reporters there not just the local homers.

    I’m sure the Raven’s PR rep will be there making sure no follow-up questions are allowed and that he stays on point letting them know it was just a “mistake”, “he’s so sorry”, “he loves his community and fans”, and all that other BS making it look like he’s been a victim throughout the process…

  14. stillers213 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:30 AM

    There’s really nothing he can say to help the situation. It’s too soon and the video plays over and over in people’s minds. There would be a lot less heat on him if not for the disturbing video.

  15. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Jul 31, 2014 10:36 AM

    “Next question.” -Ray Rice

  16. jetblackninja says: Jul 31, 2014 10:37 AM

    Better if none of the reporters “provoke” Rice.

    Nobody got time for getting dragged out of the press room by their armpits.

  17. mufasa1822 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:39 AM

    Let me know when you’ve seen the video from inside the elevator. Keep wasting you time hating until then.

  18. 509seahawks says: Jul 31, 2014 10:40 AM

    It would be hilarious if there were only female reporters at this.

  19. salmen76 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:42 AM

    Not withstanding that he is RICH. Would you let your kids play over at Ray Rices house? Would you be happy about him dating your daughter? If you were at a party with Ray and he ‘punched’ your wife or girlfriend unconscious would you support him then? If a player knocks another player out on the field during a game with an illegal hit he gets suspended for multiple games and a huge fine. And that’s in the heat of a battle between gridiron warriors that are wearing protective gear. But if you knock out a civilian female that you are supposed to be in love with, that appears to be acceptable behavior according to the NFL. I bet Goodell is only angry about having to suspend Ray at all. Yet he suspended the Saints head coach for an entire year because his Defensive coordinator had a ‘pseudo’ bounty program. Crazy. The NFL will lose a lot of female fans over this. Geaux Saints!

  20. aa1829 says: Jul 31, 2014 10:42 AM

    you mean “nobody has time for getting…” go back to school and try to pass this time

  21. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 31, 2014 10:51 AM

    For me, he will wear this stain until he finally says that what he did was wrong and asks for forgiveness. When/if he does, this will start to go away. Donating a game check to a women’s shelter would be a good move. Donating time would be a better move. Trying to hang the label of “mistake” isn’t good enough.

    Unfortunately, for those still clinging to the Ray Lewis thing, this will never go away.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 31, 2014 10:56 AM

    The F.O. has done an embarrassingly bad job in handling this situation, at every turn. I sincerely feel bad for die-hard raven fans.

  23. twtwigg says: Jul 31, 2014 11:08 AM

    Once again, Gantt has nothing else to write about except Ray Rice. I’m starting to realize why Charlotte let this one trick pony walk!

  24. joetoronto says: Jul 31, 2014 11:31 AM

    Nothing he says can make up for what he did, human beings don’t do what he did.

    Beasts do.

  25. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2014 11:54 AM

    Can he realistically say anything to help himself? I think his actions toward helping battered women would go a long way to heal his image, but he can only do harm with a less than Oscar level performance and he is not that bright, nor is the Raven FO. Should be interesting and with all things Raven amusing.

  26. tangovader says: Jul 31, 2014 4:08 PM

    Jebus! A woman physically attacked him and in a snap decision, in the heat of the moment, he retaliated with too much force. It was a mistake. He admitted it.

    Goddell obviously took EVERYTHING into consideration and not just the ‘when anything happens to a woman the man is automatically a demon’ sentiment.

    In the meantime, he’s willing to answer questions and take responsibility instead of hiding behind his lawyers. As much as everyone wants to pretend they’re such saints and he’s the scum of the earth, he’s doing the only thing he can at this point—apologize, promise to learn from his mistake and be a better person for it. I

    Seriously, it’s time to move on.

  27. 1mommicked1 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:05 PM

    the Ray Rice story at NFL.com about this does not include “comments” hoping it will blow over

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