By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
2:01 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
Ravens running back Ray Rice insisted that he didn't spit on Cleveland Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor during a heated confrontation between the two players in Week 2.
Taylor previously suggested that Rice did spit on him during the argument, prompting him to smack Rice on his helmet. Ultimately, the NFL didn't fine either player.
On the video of the argument, Rice is seen puckering his lips with no conclusive evidence indicating that he spit on the defensive lineman.
"It’s old," Rice said. "There’s nothing that came out of it. Two guys jawing at each other and I had my mouthpiece in, so when I went to say something back to him, it looked as if I projected toward him, but I had my mouthpiece in. I was saying something, he was saying something. Obviously, that’s what happened. We’ll leave it at that. Phil Taylor is a great young player, a dominant force. I’ve got tremendous respect for him.
"Obviously, that was the past. I’ve got to keep my head level in those situations. I don’t ever want to make it seem like me and this guy have problems. I don’t have a problem with him, but you know what, guys talk. That’s part of their game, and I really don’t want it to be part of mine. I’ll do my best to channel those emotions."
Ravens fullback Vonta Leach said that he didn't think Rice spit on Taylor or would do something like that to an opponent.
"That's a big accusation," Leach said. "I've played with Ray for a long time, and I know Ray, and I don't think he would spit on anybody. I was actually on the field, and I didn't think he spit on him. Maybe Taylor was trying to get himself riled up to play."