Ravens finally deleted their victim-blaming tweet

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The process of scrubbing any vestige of Ray Rice from the Ravens organization has begun.

This afternoon, the Ravens finally deleted the tweet from the initial Ray and Janay Rice press conference, that charming one where they documented her apology for getting punched in the face and knocked unconscious.

Fortunately, we figured this might happen so we took a screenshot of it this afternoon when it was still up.

For the record, PR chief Kevin Byrne’s 1,200-word opus on why he likes Ray Rice is still on the team website.

That tweet might be as stark a reminder as any of how poorly they handled this case throughout.

There’s a certain element of circling the wagons a team is expected to do, but blaming the victim of domestic violence was ridiculous then, ridiculous now, and shameful even as they try to distance themselves from it.

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40 responses to “Ravens finally deleted their victim-blaming tweet

  1. Rumor has it Harbaugh will announce that he’s leaving the Ravens effective immediately…had an epiphany about helping his brother win a SB ring…

  2. How quickly this will pass and the fans will love him on the next team he is a part of. I mean we are talking about the same type of people who gave him a standing ovation last week!

  3. Victim??? It’s clear from the tape that Rice’s fianc√© is the aggressor. She hits him in the hall and then there is more mutual (I’m not sure who is the initial aggressor in the elevator) aggression Ray Rice definitely over reacted but she is not an innocent victim.

    And I’m not saying the Ravens or the NFL was wrong in what they did today. But there was provocation here.

  4. REMINDER: The ravens were the first team to sign donte stallworth after he drunkenly ran over a pedestrian

    The baltimore ravens are a low character team.

  5. Yes, Ray Rice should have been suspended longer but he should not have a lifetime ban. Looks like she was knocked out when her head hit the pole.

  6. In this case I am in favor of all the piling on.

    This should have been everybody’s reaction the first time around.

  7. Why should they delete the tweet? She made the statement. Just because you may think she is a liar or don’t like the comment, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

  8. I don’t understand why the NFL/Goodell/the Ravens actually had to see a video of Rice punching her to suspend him indefinitely/cut him. It’s not like he knocked her out by tickling her.

  9. I don’t know what part of that tape makes her not a victim. I also can’t believe how many thumbs down some of these intelligent observations have gotten. I sure hope some people just like to get a rise out of people and don’t really think that way, because it is either that or there are some Ray Rice in this bunch.

  10. Meanwhile, since the Ray Rice knockout the word ‘Redskins’ has received more focus and deep concern from the media than face of Janay Rice and general violence against women.

    Why can’t we see the same fervency in media focus to ensure that women have the protection against violence?

  11. I’m more interested in how the NFL is going to explain away the fact they told several reporters that they’d seen the video and that she was the aggressor. Peter King and several others reported on that. Now, this tape is supposedly “new” and nobody with the NFL ever saw it? The NFL is going to make somebody fall on their sword over this before it’s through. And it’ll be really interesting to see how close that person was to Goodell.

  12. A victim is a person who is abused by their domestic partner.

    This was a fight with both people striking the other. Both go to jail, there are no victims here.

  13. I don’t know who’s phonier, the Ravens, or Rodger Goodell.

    Goodell should be shown the door, but I’m sure the good ole boys will circle the wagon around him.

  14. The city of Baltimore rallied around Ray Rice until they actually saw the video of him punching a woman in the face knocking her out. There was no question he knocked her out. He admitted it. Once the video surfaced they could no longer deny the severity of the crime that occurred and the people of Baltimore suddenly distanced themselves from Ray Rice. Congratulations on your new found civility. The city of Baltimore should be applauded! It only took 6 months for them to find their conscious. I guess some people are a little slower than others.

  15. Really a bad character team. Everyone will say one bad apple but this team lacks any morality. Started with Billick.

  16. Baltimore does not deserve an NFL franchise after giving Rice a standing ovation after his actions. Fold the team and send them to LA.

  17. KIR says: Sep 8, 2014 4:38 PM

    Yes, Ray Rice should have been suspended longer but he should not have a lifetime ban. Looks like she was knocked out when her head hit the pole.
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    Agreed, I blame the second pole on the grassy knoll. The closed punch to the face was clearly incidental. Wow.

  18. The irony is the Janay is now being punished again by having her household income evaporate to zero.

  19. Baltimore does not deserve an NFL franchise after giving Rice a standing ovation after his actions. Fold the team and send them to LA.
    ==========
    Except that we in L.A. don’t want them.

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