John Harbaugh on Ray Rice: Let facts determine consequences

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Like every other coach who has met the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ravens coach John Harbaugh talked about his team’s plans for free agency and the draft.

Unlike those other coaches, Harbaugh also had to answer questions about the recent arrest of his starting tailback. Ray Rice was arrested in Atlantic City after an altercation with his fiancée and the summons from the Atlantic City court accuses him of knocking her unconscious by striking her. There’s also the now infamous video of Rice dragging Janay Palmer out of an elevator and there’s reportedly another video of him striking here in the elevator that has yet to go public.

Harbaugh said Friday he’s “not aware of” any scenarios that would lead to the team parting ways with Rice at this point.

“The facts will determine the consequences,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “That’s always the case, right? It’s a process. We have to see how it goes. Yeah, there’s a lot of facts, a lot of process that has to be worked through in anything like this,” Harbaugh said. “There are a lot of question marks. Ray’s character, I think his character, you guys know his character. You start with that.”

Harbaugh said that Rice and Palmer are “getting a lot of counseling” in the wake of the incident and that they remain engaged to be married.

34 responses to “John Harbaugh on Ray Rice: Let facts determine consequences

  1. Remain engaged??? Once an abuser, always an abuser, It will just be a matter of time before it eventually surfaces again. This girl should walk away. Of course, that’s an awful lot of money to walk away from.

  2. Fact: Ray is on videotape dragging his unconscious wife out of an elevator.

    Fact: He was arrested for allegedly assaulting her.

    Fact: They are getting marriage counselling for whatever happened in that elevator.

    Yeah. Keep waiting for the facts to pour in there Johnny.

    And let’s stop it with the character nonsense. Pretty sure we are way past that as a descriptor of this bum.

  3. John Harbaugh never really says himself what Ray’s character is. Actions however speak louder than words.

  4. If Rice had a better year.. The fact Harbaugh would be looking for would be, “she head butted his fist.”

  5. Translation….. Money is important to this franchise than character and if they cut him, which they should have already done they stand to lose millions against the cap. And they won’t let that happen.

  6. Translation: “I damn sure hope he’s acquitted , because we really didn’t want to use a first round draft choice on a running back in a couple of months.”

  7. Future news to come: Ray Rice has press conference to divulge that he is addicted to pain killers and alcohol because of dealing with injuries and pain from last season. He is going to rehab etc, etc, yada, yada, yada.

  8. Harbaugh then added, “It’s not like he got in the way of a double homicide investigation.” I would love to hear Saint Ray-Ray’s thoughts on this situation, but he’s probably busy visiting all of his kids. That’s a lot of traveling.

  9. Well John, if you believe that Ray Rice is a man of “character”, in the words of Inigo Montoya, “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”

  10. You all are spewing so much hate for a guy who made a mistake. Of course I don’t condone his actions but his character had always been positive prior to this. He stood up for anti-bullying, he was always helping in the community, and he never got into trouble until now.

    Is that all it takes for you people to bash this guy and leave him out to dry?

    No, not me, he made a mistake, a big one at that, but never the less we all make mistakes and it’s how you overcome those mistakes that makes you who you are.

    And I would bet that least half of the people who are crucifying him on here, have got into a drunken fight before, maybe even against a woman.

  11. Sorry camcameron, a mistake is cheating on your wife, not knocking her unconscious in an elevator. That’s a felony, not a mistake.

    By the way, I’m in my 40s and have had plenty of fights with the women in my life. I never once lifted finger to them, let alone left them crumpled on the ground. Maybe that’s how you think women should be handled, but real men don’t.

  12. One fact that wasn’t put in this report here is that Palmer is also charged with assault.

    So we don’t know the whole story and I will wait to make my final comments when everything does come to light. At first it was just a “minor altercation” according to security. The Police didn’t comment anything further and let them both go. I would think that if somebody was knocked out due to a punch that the police would detain somebody, but then again, I am not a police officer.

    Then anonymous witnesses said Ray knocked her out. Now the police is saying that happened, when before they didn’t? So what is the real story?

    There is no excuse for Ray Rice to put his hands on a woman. If she’s swinging on him and he’s simply trying to deflect blows or just grabs her arms to stop her, I could see something like that only if there is evidence. But, as more and more of the story leaks the worse it is looking for Ray Rice.
    If all the reports of him knocking her out are true, then I have lost a lot of respect for Rice and I can’t see how fans will support him going forward.

  13. No way they stay engaged, and not because he’s a beater. You don’t think the fact ray was going to make some millions over the next few years weighed into her decision to say “yes”. It was all part of the package.

  14. Dear camcameronsucks:

    – He is on VIDEO dragging his UNCONSCIOUS FIANCEE out of the elevator!!!

    My GOD dude, what more do you NEED?

    Don’t know if you’re married, or have a daughter, but I feel very confident in asserting if you had videotape of the guy dragging her out of the elevator, the guy better be in jail lest you get your hands on him.

    No one is saying that he can’t be forgiven. The jist of the story is that John Harbaugh is lauding his character when Rice has clearly shown it wasn’t nearly the facade he projected.

    Let’s put this another way: Argument or not, under the influence or not, there is NEVER AN EXCUSE for a man to knock out a woman.


    He does not deserve to wear an NFL uniform ever again.

  15. If Harbaugh and/or Bisciotti continue to support Ray Rice I would hope that they get booed out of every stadium in the NFL in 2014, including M&T Bank stadium. The sheer hypocrisy of it all ought to generate protests from ALL groups; not just “women’s” groups. The very notion that Harbaugh would support Rice given everything that’s come to light is outrageous. And I’m saying that AS a Ravens fan.

  16. Oh please….. There is no excuse regardless of drinking… Anyone who makes them up or covers up for them need their heads examined… Ray Rice suffers from small man syndrome. Caught on tape “game film don’t lie “

  17. No, Ed Bandell, it wasn’t a “minor altercation according to security”; that was the spin put out there BY RICE’S LAWYERS. They THEN did an about face immediately AFTER the video appeared on TMZ.

    What this proves is how gullible people like you are. (And how effective spin can be before the REAL evidence appears; like the video, and the police summons.)

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