Now that former Ravens star running back Ray Rice's $35 million contract has been terminated and he's indefinitely suspended by the NFL, the three-time Pro Bowl runner and the NFL Players Association are contemplating his legal options.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "shocked" by the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and a Democratic senator called the National Football League's handling of the situation "outrageous."
For the second time since a graphic video surfaced of former Ravens star running back Ray Rice punching Janay Rice in a casino elevator, retired Ravens linebacker and ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis has commented on the domestic violence incident.
Brigance spoke with The Baltimore Sun about several topics, including his fight with ALS, the Ravens' outlook this season after splitting their first two games and former Ravens running back Ray Rice, whose $35 million contract was terminated Monday with the NFL indefinitely suspending him after a graphic video surfaced of his domestic violence incident.
Since the Ravens won the Super Bowl in February 2013, the franchise has endured numerous missteps on and off the field. On the field, they missed the playoffs for the first time under coach John Harbaugh in 2013 and lost their first game this season. Off the field they have seen one of their star players run out of the league for punching his fiancee and numerous others arrested.
Staffed largely by former police and federal law enforcement personnel — often high ranking ones — the security departments maintained by the league and individual teams have a reputation of being able to work their contacts and launch behind-the-scenes investigations.
Janay Rice is the girl from a poor neighborhood who became class president of her posh prep school. A quiet and driven Towson University student. An adoring mother who takes her daughter to the zoo and the bowling alley. One of the unofficial leaders of the sisterhood of wives and girlfriends of Ravens teammates.
In a letter to the NFL Players Association, league commissioner Roger Goodell said that Ray Rice's version of his altercation with his then-fiancée was "starkly different" than the one the running back relayed to him in their June meeting.
We as a community must not forget about domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy when it cycles out of our news feeds. We must stay active, stay involved and keep advocating for the systemic change necessary to protect Maryland's victims of domestic violence.
The Ravens broke the trend of close games against their biggest rival by delivering a 26-6 beatdown to the Pittsburgh Steelers in front of an announced 71,181 at M&T Bank Stadium and a prime-time television audience.