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Ray Rice supported by home crowd in preseason debut

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From the sound of it, a good number of Ravens fans remain behind tailback Ray Rice.

According to published accounts of the Ravens’ preseason opener Thursday night, spectators at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium applauded Rice at points early in the contest.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Rice received a standing ovation when introduced before the game, and numerous reports said fans welcomed him with cheering. Also, Wilson and ESPN’s Jamison Hensley observed that boos were not heard as Rice entered the field before Baltimore’s 23-3 win vs. San Francisco.

Applause and a lack of jeering usually isn’t noteworthy behavior when it comes to a home crowd at a football game. But in the case of Rice, it very much is, considering his February arrest for hitting his now-wife.

Asked about the crowd’s cheers before the contest, Rice showed his appreciation.

“It means the world to me. You know what? Everything that I’ve been through, I don’t take anything for granted anymore, especially going out there and playing in front of our fans,” Rice told reporters after the game.

As for the game: Rice rushed three times for 17 yards, with none of his carries going for less than five yards. He started the contest, gaining six yards on Baltimore’s first offensive play. Rice played just one series, as the Ravens went with backups on offense most of the way.

Now comes the Ravens’ first road game of the preseason, a matchup with Dallas on August 16. And that too will be a crowd reaction worth watching and hearing.

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106 Responses to “Ray Rice supported by home crowd in preseason debut”
  1. 12thman84 says: Aug 8, 2014 2:42 AM

    Averaging over 5 yards a run…Ravens’ fans are all in.

  2. mungman69 says: Aug 8, 2014 2:58 AM

    The guy got off to easy, period

  3. td30 says: Aug 8, 2014 3:09 AM

    a standing ovation? really baltimore?

    It’s one thing to be ambivalent, but to give a standing ovation to a guy who knocked out his gf? i’m lost for words

  4. vicnocal says: Aug 8, 2014 3:10 AM

    This is a private domestic matter between he and his wife.

  5. brokebackbrees says: Aug 8, 2014 3:21 AM

    Keep up them 3.3 or whatever your rush average is.. Dude gonna be cut early in the season.. He deserves it.

  6. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 8, 2014 3:42 AM

    Now that is just disgusting

  7. bubbaamyt says: Aug 8, 2014 4:20 AM

    This is not a good thing. This franchise and their fans don’t seem to get it. Showing support for him quietly is one thing but actively going out of their way to express support for him and demonstrably showing support for him is classless. It is a slap in the face of domestic abuse victims. They could use the overt display of support not Ray Rice.

  8. natelan says: Aug 8, 2014 4:34 AM

    Pretty scummy, B’more.

  9. natelan says: Aug 8, 2014 4:36 AM

    I wonder if they piped in cheers.

  10. brucetrimble says: Aug 8, 2014 4:45 AM

    Ravens fans, although biased, just don’t get it. Much like the commissioner.

  11. mgavin78 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:25 AM

    Lmao. Who in the hell could clap for a “man” that KOs a woman.

  12. tbutler704 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:25 AM

    Everything he’s been through…..man….

  13. thebirdsareback says: Aug 8, 2014 5:26 AM

    The ravens eat boos and use them to beat your team all around the field for 60.

  14. mrpresident50 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:53 AM

    Can you imagine if all men who knocked out their wife got a standing ovation every time they went to work?

  15. jmblosser82 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:05 AM

    A normal guy would become an outcast, a NFL star becomes a hero.

  16. kc114 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:05 AM

    Why would they boo? These are the same fans that supported Ray Lewis too.

  17. lphboston says: Aug 8, 2014 6:23 AM

    Rice’s wife will get sympathy from Ravens fans when she carries the ball 20 times a game.

  18. MikeisWise says: Aug 8, 2014 6:34 AM

    NO WAI

  19. it's all bs says: Aug 8, 2014 6:38 AM

    wait till he goes on the road…..I’m imagining a very different scenario.

  20. orthomarine says: Aug 8, 2014 6:41 AM

    Disgusting

  21. Stiller43 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:54 AM

    Thats no surprise, sadly.

  22. ravenswhat says: Aug 8, 2014 6:54 AM

    Should people tar and feather him before the huddle?

  23. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 8, 2014 6:55 AM

    Who exactly is surprised by this. Home crowds in Baltimore are so used to criminals on their team it doesn’t even bother them anymore.

    Sadly though, this is everywhere. Just look at the New England fans saying “Free Hernandez.” I can understand when a relative doesn’t want to believe that a loved one committed a crime, however misguided. Sports now has that same characteristic in that as long as the criminal plays on your team, it’s acceptable because winning at all costs is all that matters anymore. With few exceptions, fans want their players to play and it doesn’t matter what they do as long as they can play–both in college and at the professional level. This is what sickens me about sports in this day and age. It’s like we’ve sold our souls for sports.

  24. Indybear says: Aug 8, 2014 6:57 AM

    Gee, isn’t that nice. Glad he wasn’t smoking weed. They would have booed him out of the stadium.

  25. t8ertot says: Aug 8, 2014 6:58 AM

    Just wait till the first away game Ray

  26. floratiotime says: Aug 8, 2014 7:06 AM

    I know fans see the world through convenient goggles, but c’mon … have you no decency left?

  27. iman62 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:06 AM

    Stay classy Baltimore.

  28. mrhighlyevolved says: Aug 8, 2014 7:15 AM

    Turd.

  29. 75rockrasin says: Aug 8, 2014 7:21 AM

    Really? Every NFL punishment is going to be compared to Ray Rice now? What about TJ Ward? No comment on nothing being done to a guy for throwing a glass beer mug at a woman?
    No comment on Gregg Hardy’s beating of his girlfriend?

    C’mon man !!

  30. camcameronsucks says: Aug 8, 2014 7:26 AM

    Ravens fans cheered for a Ravens player? No way!

    I’m still a Ray Rice fan and I will continue to wear his jersey throughout the season.

    What you writers fail to realize is that fans have connections with these players who have been here for a while.

    He made a mistake, it was a bad one, but I’m not bi-polar. I will not give up on him and everything he has done for Baltimore because of one incident.

  31. denverdude7 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:52 AM

    Why wouldn’t the Baltimore fans support Ray Rice? Even they know he got off easy.

    Besides, what’s more important in life? Having a good football team or protecting battered women by making crystal clear that the penalties set forth in the NFL will be swift as well as severe?

    Nice job Roger… SMH.

  32. andyoursistertoo says: Aug 8, 2014 7:57 AM

    There use to it , they had a murderer on their team for years. What’s one wife beater to then.

  33. melikefootball says: Aug 8, 2014 8:03 AM

    Shameful, they wouldn’t act this way if it had to do with their daughters or mothers or even neighbors.

  34. tribefever says: Aug 8, 2014 8:08 AM

    Not surprising considering Rice’s behavior is par for the course in the charm city. Stay classy Baltimore.

  35. kotapug1 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:09 AM

    They also made a murderer the face of there franchise

  36. drinkpeepee says: Aug 8, 2014 8:13 AM

    Would be interesting to hear Cowboys fans lash out at Rice when their owner just publicly stated that a guy serving a prison sentence for killing one of his teammates has a roster spot when he’s released.

  37. ravenousravenousrhinos says: Aug 8, 2014 8:14 AM

    More content like this please. It is great stuff.

  38. seabass2712 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:20 AM

    Some Ravens fans are disgusting.

  39. bucrightoff says: Aug 8, 2014 8:30 AM

    After supporting a murderer, supporting a woman beater seems pretty easy by comparison.

  40. poridge1214 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:39 AM

    Everything I’ve been through. Very telling.

  41. jdfrox says: Aug 8, 2014 8:39 AM

    I was at the game. Yes, the crowd cheered him (rather loudly). Calling it a standing ovation is a little misleading. It was during team intros so the crowd was already standing. Based on this logic, you could say Rick Wagner received a standing ovation as well. With that said, the crowd did give him a nice ovation leading me to say to those around me – well I guess that will be national news!

  42. ijahru says: Aug 8, 2014 8:40 AM

    These are the same fans who hero worshipped a murderer.

  43. gf2711 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:47 AM

    The next time someone boos their own player at home will be the first time.

    Is it wrong? Yes, but name me a fan base that won’t cheer their guy.

  44. dissed215 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:56 AM

    I was there, and yes, I cheered. Yes, there was an incident that involved a set of circumstances and we don’t know the details of either, so I not going to pretend like I do. Nothing is black and white. If all the arm-chair activists choose to feign outrage over this because they have a twitter account, then so-be-it.

  45. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:58 AM

    Sickening. Guess domestic violence is acceptable in Baltimore.

  46. johnqlunchbox says: Aug 8, 2014 9:00 AM

    Baltimore fans should hang their heads in shame.

  47. 667s650w says: Aug 8, 2014 9:04 AM

    What do you expect from a city and team that embraced a murderer?

  48. wallydippins says: Aug 8, 2014 9:08 AM

    Stay classy Baltimore!

  49. patriotsdefense says: Aug 8, 2014 9:18 AM

    Of course they would, if a fan base is okay with stabbing and murdering why would they revolt over a punch?

  50. JackedUpSports says: Aug 8, 2014 9:29 AM

    sports alter reality…sometimes for the wrong reasons

  51. pete2112 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:31 AM

    The parade for Ray starts at noon today. Don’t be late!

  52. ravensterps says: Aug 8, 2014 9:32 AM

    It’s funny that the people who don’t understand domestic violence are the same people who think Ray Lewis is a murderer. Some people just believe what they want to believe, blind to reality.

  53. rmc1995 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:32 AM

    The justice system of New Jersey thought Rice deserved redemption, why is it a shock that fans would also?

  54. purpleppleeaters says: Aug 8, 2014 9:33 AM

    Unfortunately, for Ray, and his fans, Ray will likely be beaten up at the line of scrimmage, this year…………..as if he were trapped in an elevator, with a much larger, stronger, and drunken person.

  55. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Aug 8, 2014 9:35 AM

    Look at the steeler fans talking when they have a rapist on their team they cheer all the time! Really?! Really!

  56. misterpositivity says: Aug 8, 2014 9:38 AM

    He may be a wife-beater, but he’s OUR wife-beater.

  57. linemanguy74 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:41 AM

    Rice and Roger both have to g0

  58. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 8, 2014 9:41 AM

    I started to try and reply to each of these idiotic comments, but I realized- there’s nothing any Ravens fan can say or do to make others understand how prior to this incident Rice was the model citizen and one of the biggest off-field contributors to charities and helping those who can’t help themselves, and how everybody who has ever met him had nothing but nice things to say. They don’t care.

    In short, everybody on this site accusing Ravens fans of wearing blinders are also wearing blinders to the Rice incident. They see one incident and label him, the owner, the franchise and the fanbase accordingly. They fail to recognize the flaws in their own team match the Ravens franchise; whether it be current players or past, it’s not that hard to find players with DV charges, DUI’s, disorderly conduct, etc (I could easily name 1 player from every NFL team with a major incident in the past 10 years). And in their own lives, many of these posters have done stupid things they would never want to be judged by (could you imagine if we could court case search some of these heathens?). But all of that is erroneous. Their team is perfect, they are perfect and everything Ravens related is officially the worst thing ever due to 3 drunken minutes by an otherwise good man.

    If an anonymous post to trash a player and franchise helps you sleep at night? Keep up the good work.

  59. weepingjebus says: Aug 8, 2014 9:49 AM

    Guys, if he were suspended longer, he’d be left alone with his wife longer.

  60. reesesteel23 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    So many holy saints on PFT.
    Never made mistakes huh?
    Oh you have? and still received support?
    The nerve!

  61. natijim235 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:52 AM

    if i were there i would’t cheer or boo….how bout just silence

  62. itsfootballbaby says: Aug 8, 2014 9:56 AM

    Aahhh….we love the hate…..keep it coming it a motivator!

  63. myann25 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:58 AM

    The people here equating fans supporting Rice to supporting domestic violence need to realize supporting the player mean you support his actions.

    Is society not allowed to support a guy trying to become a better person?

  64. areyouseriousrofl says: Aug 8, 2014 10:14 AM

    drinkpeepee says: Aug 8, 2014 8:13 AM

    Would be interesting to hear Cowboys fans lash out at Rice when their owner just publicly stated that a guy serving a prison sentence for killing one of his teammates has a roster spot when he’s released.
    —————————————————

    I hate the Cowboys, but Josh Brent’s position is very different. There was zero intent, he served time in jail, and will be remorseful the rest of his life. He didn’t take advantage of anyone. He didn’t force his friend/teammate into the car. Josh made a very bad decision in driving, but his friend who was killed also made a bad decision in getting into the car.

    Ray Rice’s situation is a little different.

  65. warotto9 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:18 AM

    There have been over 100 different arrests for domestic violence and sexual assault in the NFl since 2000. Pretty much every team in the NFL has at least one, if not multiple domestic violence arrests. Almost none of the players have received any suspension at all. None of them have a received a suspension for their first violation. Several received 1 game suspensions after their third or fourth offense. This is actually one of the harshest suspensions the NFL has ever handed down for domestic violence. Whatever team you root for, your team has had a domestic violence or sexual assault arrest and the player probably wasn’t cut or suspended and you still rooted for them.

  66. pbastille says: Aug 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    I was there. Everyone got a standing o in pregame introductions. The named players, the unnamed players, the cheerleaders, and the mascot also got a standing o. It wasn’t like everyone was sitting down, clapping golf claps and then leapt to their feet. The cheers he got were pretty much in line with what everyone else got

  67. ss3walkman says: Aug 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    Dallas is going to boo him out the state

  68. floriostoupee says: Aug 8, 2014 10:23 AM

    “everything I’ve been through”. man if that doesn’t do it for you ravens fans nothing will. this guy doesn’t get it at all, he believes he’s the victim here.

    seriously, I’ve cheered against my own player when they’ve deserved it. that the city is embracing this guy is really just disgusting.

  69. iamedreed says: Aug 8, 2014 10:38 AM

    I hate the Cowboys, but Josh Brent’s position is very different. There was zero intent, he served time in jail, and will be remorseful the rest of his life. He didn’t take advantage of anyone. He didn’t force his friend/teammate into the car. Josh made a very bad decision in driving, but his friend who was killed also made a bad decision in getting into the car.

    Ray Rice’s situation is a little different.
    ———————————————————–

    ray rice didn’t escalate the situation in a closed space to a violent one, Janay did. if Janay didn’t want to be hit maybe she shouldn’t attack people who are capable of putting a beat down on her

    and are we really going to start assuming that if you cheer for a player it means you accept and support all of their past transgressions? come on, hes a good football player thats why we cheer him.

  70. ratbirdsrule says: Aug 8, 2014 10:45 AM

    nobody mentions that Brandon Marshall beat his girl three times and only got on game suspension…
    both players should have been suspended longer, but at least they were consist with the punishments.

  71. youreallmorons says: Aug 8, 2014 10:46 AM

    We dont care what any of think!! Go Ravens!!

  72. youreallmorons says: Aug 8, 2014 10:47 AM

    Keep hatin’ on us…do you think we care what any of you think? We dont!!

  73. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:52 AM

    Sadly though, this is everywhere. Just look at the New England fans saying “Free Hernandez.”
    ____________

    The only people who made the statement ‘free Hernandez’ were the Pounceys. I know of zero New England fans that have done anything but immediately stop supporting him.

  74. jnks10 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:54 AM

    Ravens fans defending cheering him don’t get it. It’s one thing to cheer the man. We get it he’s a Ravens player you’re a Ravens fan of course you’re going to cheer. But the standing ovation during the preseason and at training camp, that’s where it went from a non-issue to extremely disturbing. You can cheer but a standing O for a guy that beat his wife and barely got punished for it.

  75. moagecu says: Aug 8, 2014 11:07 AM

    IT WAS NOT A STANDING OVATION. It was the offense introduction. Everyone was standing for every player. Are they supposed go “oh no! It’s Ray, everyone sit down now and we’ll stand up when the next player’s name is called.”

  76. fansrus says: Aug 8, 2014 11:07 AM

    Again. Would you even think of cheering for an individual who hit your wife or mother or daughter or niece or girlfriend. You are not a “hater” if you imagine yourself to be more than a spectator. Get real and see things for the way they are. If your daughter’s boyfriend or husband decked her, would you cheer for him if he played for your hometown team?

  77. ruthlessburgher says: Aug 8, 2014 11:07 AM

    Wait until your name is announced in Pittsburgh, Ray.

  78. Andre's Johnson says: Aug 8, 2014 11:13 AM

    Ray Rice has somehow become a sympathetic figure in Baltimore. He has taken to the “I’ve just got to work through this” and “I’ll bounce back” approach. The Ravens organization has handled this laughably. And now the fans are behind him?

    He. Is. Not. The. Victim.

  79. corvusrex96 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:18 AM

    It wasn’t a standing ovation . During team intros the crowd is already standing . Geez have you even been to a pro football game before ????

  80. trumb1mj says: Aug 8, 2014 11:45 AM

    This is pretty disgusting. The Ravens basically supported domestic violence when they didn’t cut him on the spot. AWFUL.

  81. ravensterps says: Aug 8, 2014 11:59 AM

    Just letting you all know that YOU cheer for domestic violence as well, so you must all support it. Of the 32 teams, 21 have someone charged with domestic violence or sexual assault. Perrish Cox, on the 49ers, raped a passed out woman and denied even touching her before he found out that he got her pregnant. So, yeah, kick rocks.

  82. nvl004 says: Aug 8, 2014 12:04 PM

    I would imgaine that none of you are actually, truly “disgusted.”

    Get over it. Terrible stuff happens in this world all the time.

  83. bunkmcnulty says: Aug 8, 2014 12:07 PM

    I find I have to take the good with the bad on PFT. Just to be clear, the Ravens team was coming out for the first time this season. From what I saw most fans were standing anyway. Let’s not make this sound like RR came out and the placed erupted.

    Don’t get me wrong, in the only place that seems to understand the good that RR did prior to his violent incident with his the fiance, RR will receive more forgiveness. That would be true of any fanbase if they had a player who had been good to their city, involved with the community in vlunteer work, and was beloved by the fanbase.

    RR did get off light by his employer and the governing body that his employer is part of. That is a criticism that can’t be denied.

    I’m curious, if you had a son, or a brother, who did this to a woman, how do you treat them? Do you write them off forever? There’s a lot of hypocrites in here for sure.

    And spare me, I have 3 daughters. Yes, I’d be concerned. And my actions further would be based on a lot more information than the general public (that means you and me) has available to it.

  84. Ed Bandell says: Aug 8, 2014 12:09 PM

    I just remember hearing all of the outrage when Adam “Pacman” Jones punched out a woman for daring to picking up his “make it rain money” thinking it was a tip for her dancing. Or for all the other times this punk got into trouble…and he is still playing in the NFL.

    There have been plenty of other domestic violence/violence against women cases other than Ray Rice and those players got the same or less punishment from the NFL. Where is the outrage for that? Where was the outrage for that?

  85. computerdeskblog.com says: Aug 8, 2014 12:10 PM

    I saw women wearing Ray Rice jerseys. I was disappointed. Like a black dude wearing Riley Cooper jersey right after that incident… We don’t have to hate him, but he should feel the disappointment of the fans.

  86. nvl004 says: Aug 8, 2014 12:13 PM

    Fans cheered at a football game, tune in at 11 to find out if they also purchased concessions.

  87. trumb1mj says: Aug 8, 2014 12:18 PM

    I don’t really care about the fans reaction, but the support by the organization is ridiculous. He should have been cut. Period. If this was a special teamer, he would have been.

  88. tindeaux says: Aug 8, 2014 12:41 PM

    well, Ray was supported by a group of fans who are also womens beaters. let me know when the women start to root for Ray.

  89. warotto9 says: Aug 8, 2014 1:12 PM

    I don’t really care about the fans reaction, but the support by the organization is ridiculous. He should have been cut. Period. If this was a special teamer, he would have been.

    You may be right that a special teamer would have been cut, but asa I said in my earlier comment, every team in the league has had domestic violence arrests and every team supports the player if they are a star or make a lot of money.

    The Steelers supported James Harrison and didn’t cut Santonio Holmes until after his second incident. Cleveland didn’t cut Reuben Droughns or Gerard Warren. Carolina hasn’t cut Greg Hardy. Michel Pittman got arrested 4 times and still stayed onthe teams he was on. Green Bay didn’t cut Ahman Green or Brandon Underwood, who was arrested twice for domestic violence and sexual assault. Denver had Perrish Cox, Brandon marshall and his 4 arrests, Sam Brandon and his 2 arrests, Willie Middlebrooks and Rod Smith. I could keep going with every team in the league, but the point is every team has had this issue and all of them react the exact same way.

  90. leogirl22 says: Aug 8, 2014 2:11 PM

    WAIT! I attended last night’s preseason game between the 49ers and the Ravens. This reporter neglected to mention that the fans were already standing for all player introductions long before Rice was announced. Did he expect us to sit down and get back up for the rest of the players that had yet to be introduced?!?! I think not. He made it sound like everyone stood only for Ray Rice. That was NOT the case. It just happened that Rice was in the starting lineup with the offense.

  91. thebonus44 says: Aug 8, 2014 2:48 PM

    The sky is blue and water is wet. The world keeps on turning. Not going to write off a good player forever for one drunken mistake. Like any of you people are flawless, give me a break.

  92. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 8, 2014 3:05 PM

    They weren’t standing, it just looked that way because of how short Rice is.

  93. ndrick731 says: Aug 8, 2014 4:50 PM

    Things will change when the future inmate stops being productive. Which is quickly happening.

  94. 619sdfan4life says: Aug 8, 2014 5:08 PM

    Most if these guys were raised seeing woman get beat or assaulted. So to them it’s normal. Ray rice got off way to easy and everyone that cheered for him last night was probably wife beaters themselves. C’mon people it’s Baltimore Maryland one. Of the highest crime riddled cities in America. You can’t tell me the woman at that game were cheering for him unless of course they themselves are victims of men who think it’s cool to assault woman.

  95. 2difshoe says: Aug 8, 2014 6:09 PM

    Sick, very sick mentality of people in Baltimore.

    It’s one thing to support a team, but cheering a woman beater is supporting the criminal element. What a great example to show our youth of tomorrow !

    SMH !

  96. warotto9 says: Aug 9, 2014 12:11 AM

    Sdfanforlife – I assume you are a Chargers fan, so I’m sure you’ll agree that everyone in San Diego are scumbags and wifebeaters since you welcomed back Shawne Merriman with open arms after his arrest for battery and false imprisonment for choking and beating his girlfriend. Remind me again how long his suspension was for that. Also, let me know how long Markus Currys suspension was for beating the mother of his child. I guess it’s just so commonplace in San Diego to beat your girlfriend that you forgot about these.

  97. natelan says: Aug 9, 2014 12:34 AM

    drinkpeepee says:
    Aug 8, 2014 8:13 AM
    Would be interesting to hear Cowboys fans lash out at Rice when their owner just publicly stated that a guy serving a prison sentence for killing one of his teammates has a roster spot when he’s released.
    ——————————

    One of those incidents was an accident, while the other was intentional. Big difference. It’s easier to forgive an accident, regardless of the disastrous outcome, than it is to defend a professional athlete who intentionally punched his wife in the face and knocked her out. He very easily could have killed her with that punch. He’s lucky he didn’t.

  98. natelan says: Aug 9, 2014 12:41 AM

    warotto9 says:
    Aug 9, 2014 12:11 AM
    Sdfanforlife – I assume you are a Chargers fan, so I’m sure you’ll agree that everyone in San Diego are scumbags and wifebeaters since you welcomed back Shawne Merriman with open arms after his arrest for battery and false imprisonment for choking and beating his girlfriend. Remind me again how long his suspension was for that. Also, let me know how long Markus Currys suspension was for beating the mother of his child. I guess it’s just so commonplace in San Diego to beat your girlfriend that you forgot about these.
    ————————————-

    Nice try, but why don’t you boot-up the way-back-machine and travel to 2009 and re-read the news reports of that incident.

    Witnesses reported that Tila Tequila was heavily intoxicated, and in a jealous rage due to Merriman inviting her into a 4-way with two other women, tried to leave the house while completely nude. Merriman restrained her for her protection, so that she would not go into the public, intoxicated and nude.

    Witnesses also reported that Tequila then faked an injury on her neck and made a false report to officers against Merriman.

    In case your way-back-machine is broken, there’s always Google. I know reading is probably difficult for you, but give it a try sometime.

  99. Ed Bandell says: Aug 9, 2014 2:20 AM

    Here is a list of all the other players over the past 3 years (currently 2014 so far to 2011) that have been arrested for domestic abuse/violence towards women and the penalties (if any) they were given:

    Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy: No games

    Tennesseee Titans DE Adewale Ojomo: No Games

    Minnesota Vikings CF A.J. Jefferson: 4 games

    Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam Jones: No Games

    Arizona Cardinals Daryl Washington: No Games

    Cleveland Browns LB Quentin Groves: No Games

    Seattle Seahawks LG Leroy Hill: 1 Game

    Pittsburgh Steelers RB Chris Rainey: No Games

    Cincinnati Bengals DB Robert Sands: No Games

    NY Jets LB Bryan Thomas: No Games

    Miami Dolphins WR Chad Johnson: No Games

    Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant: No Games

    Seattle Seahawks OL Jarriel King: No Games

    Green Bay Packers LB Erik Walden: No Games

    New England Patriots WE Julian Edelman: No Games

    Minnesota Vikings CF Chris Cook: No Games

    I have to legitimately wonder why the Ray Rice case is so special and why this one and only case is causing the uproar. If you read the reports on some of these other incidents they involved death threats, drug usage, or rape as well as the assault on the woman and yet the NFL has let these players walk with no suspensions at all.

    If the interest in this story is to try to shame the Ravens and the NFL into taking more action against Ray Rice in and effort to show women that domestic violence is not okay, how come none of these other incidents are being mentioned and the clamor wasn’t being raised to this level?

    Legitimate question and instead of getting some sort of explanation for it, I get my comments deleted. What am I doing wrong?

  100. warotto9 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:46 AM

    There are extenuating circumstances in most of the cases. The people who saw the tape inside the elevator said Rices wife was heavily intoxicated and struck him first and repeatedly, but no one seems too interested in facts in this case. All they know is she was inconsciuos so obviously rice punched her in the face and knocked her out. Forget the fact that she had no bruises, no injuries of any kind and walked out under her own power with no medical treatment. If a 220 pound professional athlete had actually punched her square in the face hard enough to knock her unconscious she would have had facial contusions, probably a broken nose, a concussion, severe had trauma and maybe worse. She had none of those things, but facts don’t interest you in this case. Shawne Merriman was arrested for domestic violence just like rice. Neither was convicted of the crime and neither has any criminal record. Once again, these are facts, but maybe reading what just happened is too tricky for you.

  101. natelan says: Aug 9, 2014 10:02 AM

    warotto9 says:
    Aug 9, 2014 9:46 AM
    There are extenuating circumstances in most of the cases. The people who saw the tape inside the elevator said Rices wife was heavily intoxicated and struck him first and repeatedly, but no one seems too interested in facts in this case. All they know is she was inconsciuos so obviously rice punched her in the face and knocked her out. Forget the fact that she had no bruises, no injuries of any kind and walked out under her own power with no medical treatment. If a 220 pound professional athlete had actually punched her square in the face hard enough to knock her unconscious she would have had facial contusions, probably a broken nose, a concussion, severe had trauma and maybe worse. She had none of those things, but facts don’t interest you in this case. Shawne Merriman was arrested for domestic violence just like rice. Neither was convicted of the crime and neither has any criminal record. Once again, these are facts, but maybe reading what just happened is too tricky for you.

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    “and walked out under her own power”, if by “walked out under her own power”, you actually meant “was dragged out of an elevator by Ray Rice”, then yes, I’d say that’s an accurate description.

    Shawne Merriman fought his erroneous charges and was vindicated.

    Ray Rice has admitted to wrong doing.

    I’m still not sure why you’re trying to equate these two incidents when they are so clearly different, and further still confused why you are so adamantly defending an admitted woman beater.

  102. natelan says: Aug 9, 2014 10:11 AM

    @warotto9 – Since you seem to think that Ray Rice wasn’t arrested, I present Wikipedia’s take on the matter:

    On February 15, 2014, Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer were arrested and charged with simple assault after a physical altercation at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    On March 27, 2014, a grand jury indicted Rice on third-degree aggravated assault. This carries a possible jail sentence of three to five years and a fine of up to $15,000.

  103. delsj says: Aug 9, 2014 10:20 AM

    What he’s been through?!!! That about sums up today’s professional athlete.

  104. annapterp says: Aug 9, 2014 8:06 PM

    Embrace the hate Ravens fans!! The jealousy of the Ravens from the posters on here is obvious, and so is their ignorance. They are so jealous of the Ravens that they just make stuff up or ignore facts to try and make them look bad. I understand it, the best organizations in all sports are always attacked like this. Embrace the hate because nobody hates on losing teams and organizations….only the best get that treatment!!

  105. josephurban says: Aug 10, 2014 3:23 PM

    Sick fans. What if it was your daughter this guy beat up ? Sick. Sick. Sick. Ban him for a year. If he smoked a joint he would be gone.

  106. guitarkevin says: Aug 11, 2014 12:40 PM

    If I had a daughter that was intoxicated and beating up her fiance and he hit her back and she got knocked out, I would say she deserved it.

    I have raised my sons on the golden rule – treat people the way you want to be treated. I would do the same if I had a daughter

    And if I did have a daughter and I raised to think it is okay to get drunk and pound on her fiance, then I did a bad job as a parent.

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