Governor Martin O’Malley has been a loyal and vocal Ravens' fan. He also has appeared at anti-bullying events alongside Ravens running back Ray Rice.
But O’Malley said in a brief interview with TMZ that his “disappointment” with Rice’s arrest goes beyond any of that.
“I don’t know that it has anything to do with being a fan or not being a fan,” O’Malley said when TMZ caught up to him in Washington over the weekend. “I think you always feel a tremendous amount of disappointment whenever someone finds himself in a situation involving this sort of domestic violence … and the public attention to it only makes that pain magnified.”
Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, were arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence after they were involved in a physical altercation at Revel Casino in Atlantic City on Feb. 15.
A couple of days after the arrest, TMZ obtained video showing Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer from an elevator at the casino. According to a complaint filed by Atlantic City Police, Rice knocked Palmer unconscious during the altercation.
To this point, the Ravens have stuck by Rice who is subject to league discipline.