John Harbaugh: The Ray Rice video changed things, of course

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh says the emergence of a video showing Ray Rice punching his wife changed everything.

Harbaugh, who was previously supportive of Rice after he was arrested and charged with domestic violence, says he and the rest of the decision makers in Baltimore — owner Steve Bisciotti, President Dick Cass and G.M. Ozzie Newsome — knew they had to cut Rice.

“After seeing the video this morning, we had a chance to get together with Steve, Dick, Ozzie and myself,” Harbaugh said. “We had a meeting — it was not a long meeting — and we came to the decision that we came to, to release Ray. That’s what we did. I had a chance to talk to Ray, along with Ozzie. . . . I have nothing but hope and good will for Ray and Janay and we’ll do whatever we can going forward to help them as they go forward.”

Harbaugh said he hadn’t seen the video until TMZ published it because “it wasn’t made available.”

“It’s something we saw for the first time today, all of us. And it changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh added, however, that he still believes Rice can make positive changes in his life.

“Everything I said in terms of what I believe, I stand behind,” Harbaugh said.

But while Harbaugh believes in Rice, he will no longer be Rice’s coach.

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74 responses to “John Harbaugh: The Ray Rice video changed things, of course

  1. Roger paid TMZ and the casino for the tape so he could release it, reinforce his latest policy on domestic violence and ‘make right’ what he got wrong in the first place. All according to plan.

  2. The public backlash would have been too much for them to be able to fall back on their original story of Rice being a good guy.

  3. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says:
    Sep 8, 2014 7:57 PM
    We would’ve booted him in February.

    #standards

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    You live in Pittsburgh? By definition, you have no standards.

  4. What did they think was gonna be on the video??

    And you know that the only reason she married him was because she would’ve probably got 2-5 million settlement before and now she’ll probably take half his money after they eventually divorce.. and its the only thing she could do after all the shadiness between NJ, NFL and everyone else trying to cover for Ray and not sticking up for her

  5. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says:
    Sep 8, 2014 7:57 PM
    “We would’ve booted him in February.

    #standards”

    Yeah…just like they held high standards by supporting your rapist quarterback.

  6. It was bad, but she did marry him still. If he loses all his money, she’ll leave him. Funny how women only care about money…

    ____________

    Yeah… the right response to this coming out is to find a way to villainize her…

  7. Yeah Ben is innocent…that’s why he settled out of court…must be nice to go through your day with butterflies and blue skies…get real and wake up!

  8. skins716 says: Sep 8, 2014 8:09 PM

    hey diddle diddle ray rice upper cut up the middle
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    Hey now get your facts straight. The video clearly showed a jab, not an uppercut

  9. If the NFL decided on punishing Rice without first seeing this video, they fail for poor investigative work and therefore Goodell should resign. If the NFL first decided on punishing Rice and had seen this video, they fail for not realizing it would eventually come out and for not making the punishment greater and Goodell should resign. If the NFL saw this video and leaked it to TMZ to help discipline Rice after the fact, they fail, are gangsters and Goodell should resign. All outcomes point to Goodell should resign. He cannot be trusted to do his job any longer.

  10. Whole lotta CRAWFISHIN’ going on!!!
    If they just saw the tape today, they’re liars. Everybody outside of Baltimore knows they’re liars.

  11. Ray Lewis just thanked God that there was no video of him killing those 2 young men

  12. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    Sep 8, 2014 8:53 PM
    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    Sep 8, 2014 8:25 PM
    Here’s the thing. They’re claiming this supposedly newfound video of the knockout punch is what changed everything, “of course.”

    (1) I believe they (the NFL, the Ravens) saw the video when the 2 game suspension was determined and then, levied.

    (2) I further believe what “changed things” is that the video of the knockout shot went PUBLIC. That’s what “changed things.”

    Now, they all have to pretend they never saw the video — and that they’re going to pray for this and that person.

    Here, EVEN IF the Ravens or Goodell never saw a video — what the hell did they think happened when you see a woman in an elevator with her then-boyfriend is dragged out?

    We’re being fed another line of crap from all concerned. When a member of the media asked John Harbaugh what he had thought took place in that elevator before “just now” seeing the video, Harbaugh’s comment was, “I don’t want to get into all that.”

    That, is what is known as an evasive witness trying to hide something.

    This doesn’t pass the smell test (i.e., the common sense test) at the Ravens’ level or the NFL level.

    This is also why all the video on the Patriots cheating was literally burned — to destroy the evidence so it NEVER got out.

    This interior of the elevator footage is an example of how damaging recorded evidence can be — and it’s why the NFL prefers to irrevocably destroy such evidence, rather than leave open the possibility for a time bomb, like we’re seeing detonate here. Everything was semi-manageable, until that interior elevator clip leaked out – and then lives started changing.

  13. “We knew that Ray’s wife was beaten unconscious, but didn’t think it was that bad until we saw the video.”

  14. realitycheckbaby says:
    Sep 8, 2014 8:49 PM
    Of course it changed everything.

    You, the Ravens, the NFL and to a lesser extent many of your fans have now been exposed for who you are.

    5 7
    Report comment. That’s funny! Two years ago they were your team, but now you are front running with the SeaHawks. You have been exposed for what you are….a front running troll.

  15. No one got curious when ray and his lawyer refused to release the video to the nfl and the team? Seems legit.

  16. Yup, real class act that Harbaugh guy. I remember him making excuses and wanting to go with what the ‘decision makers’ decided to do. No actual values in that guy other than winning – at whatever cost.

  17. How did he think his man of charecter put her there on the other tape nfl and ravens too late to take the right side of the issue you’ve failed

  18. Forget the smell test, Harbaugh didn’t even pass the straight face test. He looked scared and constipated through that entire “presser.”

    And it was a left hook Ray threw, and that poor girl stepped right into it. It appeared to me as if it was a calculated shot and man he clocked her. What a mess this is.

  19. I think that Roger Goodell and John Harbaugh (and by extension The NFL, Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, and the Baltimore Ravens) are engaging in purest prevarication in a pathetic and doomed attempt at spin control. Through discovery, Rice’s attorney had the video that TMZ released today. If the aforementioned parties truly had not seen it until today, then they failed miserably in their due diligence during the disciplinary process. I find it impossible to fathom that in a league that enjoys an estimated $10 billion dollars in annual revenues, its Commissioner, a majority partner in the ownership of one of its franchises, and both that franchise’s GM and Head Coach were that negligent in the pursuit and review of available evidence. A man cannot hit a woman, a child, or an animal (excepting a curious shark, which may be acceptably hit in the snout): It is beyond the pale.

    Anyone who knows me is aware of my fanaticism regarding the NFL. For a few years, however, I’ve suspected the league may have either already “jumped the shark,” or is on its way towards the ramp to do so. Today’s news does nothing to dissuade me from that opinion. Contrary to Gordon Gekko’s advice, greed is never good. Come down to earth, my beloved NFL. Begin that descent from your illusory Olympus by demanding the immediate resignation of Roger Goodell. Absent that, fire him. Now.

  20. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    Sep 8, 2014 8:25 PM
    Here’s the thing. They’re claiming this supposedly newfound video of the knockout punch is what changed everything, “of course.”

    (1) I believe they (the NFL, the Ravens) saw the video when the 2 game suspension was determined and then, levied.

    (2) I further believe what “changed things” is that the video of the knockout shot went PUBLIC. That’s what “changed things.”

    Now, they all have to pretend they never saw the video — and that they’re going to pray for this and that person.

    Here, EVEN IF the Ravens or Goodell never saw a video — what the hell did they think happened when you see a woman in an elevator with her then-boyfriend is dragged out?

    We’re being fed another line of crap from all concerned. When a member of the media asked John Harbaugh what he had thought took place in that elevator before “just now” seeing the video, Harbaugh’s comment was, “I don’t want to get into all that.”

    That, is what is known as an evasive witness trying to hide something.

    This doesn’t pass the smell test (i.e., the common sense test) at the Ravens’ level or the NFL level.

    This is also why all the video on the Patriots cheating was literally burned — to destroy the evidence so it NEVER got out.

    This interior of the elevator footage is an example of how damaging recorded evidence can be — and it’s why the NFL prefers to irrevocably destroy such evidence, rather than leave open the possibility for a time bomb, like we’re seeing detonate here. Everything was semi-manageable, until that interior elevator clip leaked out – and then lives started changing.

  21. Apparently sports stars now have to be perfect. Maybe it’s time to start decimating the hall of fame also, let’s remove the drug users, cheaters etc etc, and we’ll have nobody left. He deserves a ban, but his wife has stuck with him, she forgave him, but nobody else will. Alleged rapists however, are welcome with open arms. Should be interesting next year if Jameis Winston is no 1 pick, how will the NFL market him ? Same as Sanchez I guess, it’ll be a college thing so everything can be forgotten. Has anyone else noticed how the sports world just reacts to whatever the press stirs up. It used to be Christians who were the Moral crusaders, now it’s the press, and when they say jump, y’all jump up and down just like they want, to get even more press. Puppet on a string to the whims of the press….

  22. What a coward.

    So what, he saw the tape and was like

    “oooh, so THAT’s what it looks like for a man to deck a woman. Oh geez, that’s not good.”

    Whatever Harbaugh. You said you’d “stand by” your man. So stand by him and feel the heat, wuss.

  23. Good call by the Ravens and NFL…

    But I’m sort of puzzled because – what exactly did the Ravens think happened in the elevator back in February?? A man and woman get in an empty elevator, the elevator opens and the man drags the unconscious woman out.

    I guess the video proved it wasn’t a ghost that knocked her out?

    Better late than never I guess.

  24. Continuing to lie about it isn’t helping anybody Johnboy.

    Multiple sources have stated that the team and the league saw that tape long ago.

    It’s always the cover-up that brings em down.

  25. Didn’t Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth both kill people when driving drunk? They both came back to play football. At some point it seems like Ray should be forgiven. Not today, but someday.

  26. The video changes absolutely nothing. A woman was dragged, unconscious, from an elevator. There are only so many ways something like that can happen. Maybe, until he saw the video, Harbaugh thought she was having an allergic reaction to some shellfish.

  27. Okay, I’ve stayed shut but I feel compelled to comment now with the “lynch mob mentality” in full force here.

    Let me start by saying that I am a former battered wife, so I have a dog in this hunt so to speak.

    The video changes nothing except to entice the masses and cause a lynch mob again Rice. He admitted previously that he had punched his wife and she was knocked unconscious. He expressed his remorse, apologized. His wife accepted that apology but yet people who don’t even know him are passing judgement, why? Because they got to “see” what he already told them. How does this change the facts in anyway whatsoever?

    Was his original punishment not stiff enough, I might agree with that. But he was punished (NFL decided how that would take place, not HIM), and the police are doing their due diligence.

    So why are we trying to erase this guy off the face of the earth for a mistake and bad judgement? No prior record of anything of this sort, he’s taken responsibility and what was dealt out (whether it was enough or not), so what is the real issue here?

    The NFL didn’t mete out the correct punishment the FIRST time, so let’s get another bite at the apple? Stinks to me.

    Didn’t his wife put her hands on him first? Since when is it okay for a woman to put her hands on a man, but it’s totally uncalled for when a man puts his hands on her in return? Double-standard if I ever saw one. Is she charged with assault also? If not, she should be. It’s not right in either direction.

    As a battered wife, I forgave my husband the FIRST time. After the SECOND time, it was a problem and I got out. Everyone makes a mistake. People lash out in anger all the time. Doesn’t make it right, but since when are we, as people, willing to jump on the bandwagon and erase this guy from the earth as though he never existed.

    Even God forgives sinners, should we do any less?

    – A Former Battered Wife

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 8, 2014 9:10 PM

    realitycheckbaby says:
    Sep 8, 2014 8:49 PM
    Of course it changed everything.

    You, the Ravens, the NFL and to a lesser extent many of your fans have now been exposed for who you are.

    5 7
    Report comment. That’s funny! Two years ago they were your team, but now you are front running with the SeaHawks. You have been exposed for what you are….a front running troll.
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    Speaking of trolls……………………..

    Go Hawks!

  29. The only thing that changed was that the team could not blame the victim. The Harbaugh brothers are nothing more than enablers when it comes to the legal actions of their players.

  30. 1. Why did this magically come out today?

    2. Why is the video edited so that you cannot see what happens before the woman attacks Rice?

    3. Why are people pretending to be outraged now when all the same info was public a while ago?

  31. Yes, a visual of the incident makes releasing him easier, but it doesn’t change the fact that he still committed the crime. The ravens should’ve released him the moment they found out he physically abused his wife, video or no video.

  32. So what happens when Rice gets banned for life and decides to go public with the fact that the Ravens and Goodell saw the video before the 2 game suspension?

  33. Why exactly does a video change things? Why does the fact that he knocked his fiance out change things? Why does the fact that she spit on him change things? He hit a woman and he should be punished for that! He hit his fiance and he should be punished for that! I do not understand why he is being punished more than what the league said is the punishment. Because there is a video of it! I believe the that anyone that is a domestic abuser should be bannished indefenatly. But the NFL should make that clear and not say ohhhh it is a 6 game ban then ban someone indefenately.

  34. @kimbo710006
    You are either a troll or a battered wife that would continue to go back to your abuser claiming that he was justified in beating you. That you somehow deserved it or did something to provoke it. He did not make a mistake. Hitting a woman like that is not a mistake. If you are not a troll, then you should seriously seek some mental health assistance.

  35. Hairballs a damn pimp…nothing more! One minute, it’s Ray’s a heck of a guy, I stand behind 100%. Then he see’s the video and now all of a sudden, it’s time to try and save face! Yes sir Ravens Nation, one hellova organization you guys root for!

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