Ray Rice was loudly cheered at the Ravens’ open training camp practices and their first preseason games, even though he had been arrested and suspended for domestic violence during the offseason. But that was before the infamous elevator video was released this week.
Surely, now that the appalling video of Rice punching his wife has been widely seen, Ravens fans are done supporting Rice, right?
Rice, the now former Ravens running back, still has supporters in Baltimore. After the Ravens cut Rice, fans posted homemade signs in front of the team facility with messages including “WE LOVE #27” and “STOP!!! CASTING STONES WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES.” Ravens senior director of security Darren Sanders had to remove those signs from the entrance of Ravens headquarters.
And as fans start showing up at the Ravens’ stadium for tonight’s game against the Steelers, there are already sightings of fans supporting Rice. George Lettis of WBAL asked one fan why he was wearing a Rice jersey, and the fan answered, “I still like Ray as a person and a football player.”
Rice was a good player for a Ravens team that won a Super Bowl, which means there’s a segment of Ravens fans who will support him no matter what he does. That’s been illustrated clearly this week.