Ravens release running back Ray Rice after video emerges

AP

That didn’t take long.

After months of backing, it only took a few hours of backlash from the video of Baltimore running back Ray Rice punching his wife in the face for the team to draw the line.

The Ravens announced they had terminated the contract of the star running back, who still had one game of suspension left.

That became a moot point this morning, when Rice’s pariah status was cemented by the video of him punching his wife in the elevator.

We knew she was unconscious when she left the elevator already, but the video was a visceral and evocative image, one the Ravens have finally chosen to step away from.

The NFL suspended Rice indefinitely shortly after the Ravens’ move.

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