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Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice & Wife Janay Are "Praying For Those People" Mocking Them With Halloween Costumes (Pics) {F}

'We are in good spirits and I have to be strong for my wife': Ray Rice breaks silence about being fired by the Ravens hours after wife Janay blamed the media for 'embarrassing' them

Ray Rice and his wife Janay are working hard to keep their marriage intact and move past an ugly domestic violence incident earlier this year.

On February 15, 2014, Ray knocked his then fiancee unconscious in an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The incident got the former Baltimore Ravens player banned indefinitely from the National Football League.

Video of the punch has since gone viral and now fans are mocking the couple with Halloween costumes.

TMZ Sports reports that the couple who have dedicated their lives to God in the wake of the altercation, are "praying for those people" laughing at their expense.

Ray and Janay Rice

Are the costumes funny or in poor taste?

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'Hitting a woman is not something a real man does': Obama condemns Ray Rice after sickening video of NFL star knocking out his fiancée surfaces

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  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • The disgraced NFL star has spoken publicly for the first time since he was fired on Monday
  • Rice said he was being 'strong' for his wife and that 'we'll continue to support each other' 
  • Wife Janay had released a statement hours earlier in which she called her husband's sacking as a 'horrible nightmare'  
  • She defended her husband and professed her love for him, calling Rice 'the man I love'
  • Janay, who married Rice just a month after the fight, also attacked the media for 'taking our happiness away' 
  • Nike has cut ties with Rice and computer game developer EA Sports is removing him from Madden 15 NFL simulation 

Disgraced former Ravens running back Ray Rice has spoken publicly for the first time since he was fired on Monday in the wake the release of an explosive video showing him beat his now wife Janay unconscious.

Rice, who not only got cut by his team yesterday but was also indefinitely suspended by the NFL told ESPN via telephone that he was being ‘strong’ for his wife and the couple were in ‘good spirits.’ 

'I have to be strong for my wife,’ said Rice. '[Janay] is so strong. We are in good spirits.'

'We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this.' 

Disgraced former Ravens running back Ray Rice has spoken publicly for the first time since he was fired on Monday in the wake the release of an explosive video showing him beat his wife Janay unconscious

Disgraced former Ravens running back Ray Rice has spoken publicly for the first time since he was fired on Monday in the wake the release of an explosive video showing him beat his wife Janay unconscious


After Rice spoke, he handed the phone to wife Janay who said: 'I love my husband. I support him. I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter.' 

Rice also texted CNN and said: 'I'm just holding strong for my wife and kid that's all I can do right now.'

Earlier on Tuesday Janay, 26, had posted a statement on her (now-private) Instagram account in which she professed her love for her husband and condemned the media for their coverage of the incident which she called a 'horrible nightmare'.

'I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself,' she wrote.

'No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. 

'To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.  

Janay Rice posted a statement on her (now-private) Instagram account on Tuesday morning in which she professed her love for her husband and then condemned the media for their coverage of the story

Janay Rice posted a statement on her (now-private) Instagram account on Tuesday morning in which she professed her love for her husband and then condemned the media for their coverage of the story

NFL player Ray Rice punches then fiancee Janay Palmer in the face
Games developer EA Sports is removing Ray Rice from Madden NFL 15 later this week

Games developer EA Sports is removing Ray Rice from Madden NFL 15 later this week

'THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!' 

The couple married in March of this year, just a month after the now infamous incident in Atlantic City that was captured on security cameras.

Janay's Instagram profile includes the Bible quote:  'No weapon formed against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you' (Isaiah 54:17).

Another message posted by Janay on her Instagram account in July - before she made it private - asked people to 'stay off my page' if they didn't have anything positive to say.

'I've had enough of peoples unwanted comments on people and things they know nothing about,' she wrote.

At a press conference in May she had said that she regretted her role in the fight in Atlantic City. 'I do deeply regret the role that I played in the incident that night,' she said.

The Baltimore Ravens tweeted on Tuesday that fans will be able to exchange their 'Rice 27' jerseys at stadium stores following his dismissal.

Nike also announced that it was terminating its endorsement deal with the player, the same action it took previously with shamed high-profile athletes such as Michael Vick and Lance Armstrong. 

The company is the official uniform supplier for the NFL and Rice also endorsed Nike footwear since 2008.

A longer version of the assault tape surfaced on Tuesday in which the couple can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and Janay appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back

A longer version of the assault tape surfaced on Tuesday in which the couple can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and Janay appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back

The sickening tape emerged on Monday of Rice knocking out his then fiancée Janay Palmer with a single punch in the elevator in February

I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this.' 

Sports training equipment manufacturer Vertimax had already ended its contact with Rice in June. 

According to Forbes, the running back was estimated to earn $1.6 million a year in endorsements prior to the elevator incident.

Video game publisher Electronic Arts also announced that it would scrub all traces of Rice's image from the Madden '15 game, the oldest and most popular football video game franchise. 

Security footage of the sickening attack emerged on Monday and shows Rice knocking out his then fiancée Janay Palmer with a single punch in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time. 

At a press conference in May, the couple both appeared and called the incident 'mutual combat'. The Ravens tweeted that Janay 'deeply regretted her role in the incident'.

The couple then married just a month after the incident.

I do: Just a month after the vicious attack that left her unconscious, Janay married Rice at a no expense spared wedding

I do: Just a month after the vicious attack that left her unconscious, Janay married Rice at a no expense spared wedding

In the wake of the tape's release on Monday, the running back had his $40 million Baltimore Ravens contract terminated and he was also suspended indefinitely from the NFL. 

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that a longer version of the assault tape had been made available to them.

The tape includes audio and the couple can be heard shouting obscenities at each other.

Janay appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back right before he throws a knockout punch in a video revealed by a law enforcement official.

The higher-quality video shows Rice made no attempt to cover up the incident.

After Palmer collapses, he drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, 'She's drunk, right?' And then, 'No cops.' But Rice didn't respond.

The video was shown to the AP on condition of anonymity because the official isn't authorized to release it. 

The Baltimore Ravens tweeted on Tuesday that fans will be able to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys at stadium stores

The Baltimore Ravens tweeted on Tuesday that fans will be able to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys at stadium stores

'Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!' wrote Janay Rice on her Instagram account on Tuesday in response to he release of previously unseen video of her husband beating her

'Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!' wrote Janay Rice on her Instagram account on Tuesday in response to he release of previously unseen video of her husband beating her

If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels

Condemnation of Rice came from the highest level on Monday with President Obama adding his personal disgust over the sickening violence.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest released a short statement following consultations with the President 

The statement read: 'The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.

'Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors.

'Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.'

Vice President Biden also weighed to the controversy on Monday, saying that he believed the NFL 'did the right thing'. 

‘So, you know the first reason the NFL responded to my view: there are so many women fans in this billion-dollar industry,’ he told NBC, adding, ‘so all of a sudden they said, “Wait a minute, he got suspended for a couple games? Whoa, that’s not enough.” Then, they get a little more sensitized. And then it was longer.’

He went on: ‘And then when the video was out there, and saw how brutal it was, the Ravens did the right thing - fired him immediately. Now, you can argue, they should have done it sooner, they didn’t want it. Whatever the reason is, it’s happening.’

At a press conference in May, the couple both appeared and called the incident 'mutual combat' and the Ravens tweeted that Janay 'deeply regretted her role in the incident'

At a press conference in May, the couple both appeared and called the incident 'mutual combat' and the Ravens tweeted that Janay 'deeply regretted her role in the incident'

White House spokesman: Josh Earnest
Condemnation: President Obama

Condemnation: White House spokesman Josh Earnest (left) spoke with President Obama regarding the issue of Ray Rice on Monday and the president agreed for a strongly worded statement to be issued to denounce the Baltimore Raven running back's actions in February

The statement from President Obama on the incident followed a damage limitation exercise from the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL on Monday amid increasing incredulity they had never seen the video before.

A defensive and evasive Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, gave a press conference on Monday evening where he claimed that the franchise hierarchy only viewed the shocking footage for the first time that day - just like everyone else.

Harbaugh admitted that despite a thorough internal investigation after Rice's February arrest, no one from his organization had ever seen the elevator footage - which means that if TMZ had never independently obtained and released the video, Rice may never have been fired.

Rice was originally suspended for two games and coaches and others had praised his behavior since the arrest for striking his then-fiancee in February.

The Ravens decision to fire Rice on Monday represented a complete reversal for the team, even though an Atlantic City police summons stated that the NFL star had caused 'bodily injury to Janay Palmer, specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious.'

Rice and Palmer married in March, just a month after the incident. They had been dating since 2008 and have a daughter, three-year-old Rayven

Rice and Palmer married in March, just a month after the incident. They had been dating since 2008 and have a daughter, three-year-old Rayven

Fans and players have mixed reactions to Ray Rice scandal
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters, Monday, in Owings Mills, Maryland

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters, Monday, in Owings Mills, Maryland

The Ravens had used words like 'respect' and 'proud' in referring to Rice following his arrest. 

When the NFL announced Rice's two-game suspension for domestic violence on July 24, Newsome said: 'We respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be.

'That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.'

Asked on Monday night if Rice misled him, Harbaugh said he didn't want to get into 'all that.'

'I don't think of it that way. Everything I said in terms of what I believe, I stand by,' he said. 'I believe that still, and I'll always believe those things, and (we'll) always stand in support of them as a couple, and that's not going to change.'

Rice said in a news conference this summer that his actions that night were 'inexcusable.' But the Ravens never took action against him until after the second video was released.

The NFL, which has been working hard to promote the game to women, also took action after the explicit video was released. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely.


Despite shocking video footage of her husband knocking her unconscious, Janay Rice has spoken out in favor of her husband on Tuesday and attack the media for highlighting the incident

After Janay collapses, Rice drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, 'She's drunk, right?' And then, 'No cops.' But Rice didn't respond

After Janay collapses, Rice drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, 'She's drunk, right?' And then, 'No cops.' But Rice didn't respond

'We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,' NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Monday morning. 

'That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.'

Rice's lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.

Rice, 27, stood to make $4 million this year.

'Obviously, any video that depicts an act of violence in that video is disturbing to watch. For our union, we have an unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included,' NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said at the Seahawks' facility in Renton, Washington. 'It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today.'

He had been charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record.

After Goodell drew criticism not being tough enough on Rice, he wrote a letter to all 32 NFL owners in August saying he 'didn't get it right.'

Another message posted by Janay Rice on her Instagram account in July asked people to 'stay off my page' if they didn't have anything positive to say

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*UPDATE* Ravens Terminate Rice's Contract. NFL Suspends Him Indefinitely {VIDEO} Footage Of Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice Knocking Out His Wife Janay Released

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  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • White House issues statement strongly attacking Ray Rice for his actions 
  • Baltimore Ravens have terminated Ray Rice's $40 million contract after new video footage emerged on Monday of him beating his fiancee
  • Rice may never play NFL football again after the organization also announced that it had indefinitely suspended him
  • Canadian Football League announced they would honor NFL ban 
  • The heated exchange between Rice and Janay Palmer happened in February at a casino in Atlantic City 
  • The NFL has denied seeing the footage prior to handing Rice his controversial two game punishment during the summer
  • The Baltimore Ravens also claimed not to have seen the footage before it emerged on Monday morning 
  • Raven's coach said that now he had seen the footage 'it changed things' 

President Obama has condemned Ray Rice in the strongest terms after shocking video of the former Baltimore Ravens running back striking his then fiancée Janay Palmer emerged on Monday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest released a short statement following consultations with the president, after TMZ released shocking footage of Rice punching unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator in February,

'The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society,' said the statement which denounced Rice for his violence towards Janay, who is now his wife.

'Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors.

'Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.' 

Terminated: The Baltimore Ravens have canceled Ray Rice's $40 million contract in the wake of the release on Monday of a harrowing video showing him punch his then fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious

Terminated: The Baltimore Ravens have canceled Ray Rice's $40 million contract in the wake of the release on Monday of a harrowing video showing him punch his then fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious

The Baltimore Ravens tweeted the announcement on Monday afternoon just hours after the release of the video footage

The Baltimore Ravens tweeted the announcement on Monday afternoon just hours after the release of the video footage

Ravens fans have taken to burning their Ray Rice jerseys in the wake of Monday's new video and his subsequent release by the franchise

Ravens fans have taken to burning their Ray Rice jerseys in the wake of Monday's new video and his subsequent release by the franchise

White House spokesman: Josh Earnest
Condemnation: President Obama

Condemnation: White House spokesman Josh Earnest (left) spoke with President Obama regarding the issue of Ray Rice on Monday and the president agreed for a strongly worded statement to be issued to denounce the Baltimore Raven running back's actions in February

The statement from the president on the incident follows a damage limitation exercise from the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL on Monday amid increasing incredulity they had never seen the video before today.

A defensive and evasive Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, gave a press conference on Monday night where he claimed that the franchise hierarchy viewed the shocking footage for the first time today, just like everyone else.

Harbaugh admitted that despite a thorough internal investigation after Rice's February arrest, no one from his organization had ever seen the elevator footage - which means that if TMZ had never independently obtained and released the video, Rice may never have been fired.

Giving only curt responses to the gathered media in Baltimore on Monday night, Harbaugh appeared more comfortable talking about the Raven's upcoming game with the Steelers on September 11.

'It's something we saw for the first time today-- it changed things,' said Harbaugh about the video.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters, Monday, in Owings Mills, Maryland
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters, Monday, in Owings Mills, Maryland

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speaks at a news conference after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters, Monday, in Owings Mills, Maryland

'It made things a little bit different. . . I think it's pretty obvious and pretty apparent to anybody who has seen the video.'

On Monday, Rice, who is 5ft 8 in tall and weighs 218 lbs, had his $40 million contract terminated after the release of the brutal video of him knocking his then fiancée Janay Palmer out.

He is also suspended indefinitely from any NFL games and any Canadian Football League games too. 

NFL officials had sparked shock and outrage in July when they handed him just a two-game suspension and a $500,000 fine.

Harbaugh said that after the video was released he and owner Steve Bisciotti, President Dick Cass and GM Ozzie Newsome met and decided on Rice's future.

'After seeing something this morning, seeing the video this morning, we had a chance to get together with Steve, Dick, Ozzie and myself and we had a meeting. It was not a long meeting. We came to the decision we came to to release Ray and that's what we did,' said Harbaugh.

'So you know that. I had a chance to talk with Ray along with Ozzie this afternoon after we did it.'

And late on Monday, banners and signs planted outside the Ravens headquarters in support of Rice were unceremoniously removed, in the aftermath of the release of the video.

NFL player Ray Rice punches then fiancee Janay Palmer in the face
Shocking new video footage emerged on Monday morning of the fight between now ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then fiancée Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator in February

Shocking new video footage emerged on Monday morning of the fight between now ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then fiancée Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator in February

When asked if his feelings towards Rice, who he publicly defended in July had changed, Harbaugh said no.

'Everything I said in terms of what I believe I stand by. I believe that still. I'll always believe those things,' said Harbaugh. 

Harbaugh was asked about his personal reaction to the graphic footage and admitted he and his wife would offer support to Rice.

'When someone that you care about does wrong and is faced with the consequences it is tough and it is hurtful. My pain is for both of them as a couple,' said Harbaugh.

'From everything talking to Ray, up until his suspension, talking with him a lot, was they were working hard and doing well. If I can help them in any way and if my wife and I can help them in any way, we'll do that.'

The embattled coach was adamant that the video had never been made available to the Ravens and become frustrated claiming he didn't want to talk 'about feelings and that kinda stuff', but said the video was obviously 'shocking.'

'It wasn't made available to us. It wasn't there for us,' said Harbaugh.

'As far as I know yeah, it wasn't something we ever saw or had access to.'

After Harbaugh spoke, NFL Players Association Executive Director Maurice Smith said he found the video 'distrubing'.

He added that he had yet to speak with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, so wouldn't comment directly on Rice's firing.

'As a father, as a husband — when you see something like that, it’s jarring. It’s disturbing,' said Smith.

'For our union and for our players, it’s one of those things where you at least try to look at something positive.

'And that is the reminder how unacceptable any kind of violence, especially domestic violence, should be. It has no place in our lives, and certainly in our community. And that’s where we are right now.' 

Filmed by a security camera inside an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino, the video shows the couple ¿ who married a month later ¿ engaged in a heated exchange as they enter the lift

Filmed by a security camera inside an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino, the video shows the couple – who married a month later – engaged in a heated exchange as they enter the lift

Once inside Rice can clearly be seen slapping his girlfriend, before she hits him and he then punches her with such force that he knocks her off her feet

Once inside Rice can clearly be seen slapping his girlfriend, before she hits him and he then punches her with such force that he knocks her off her feet

The Ravens had signed Rice on a five-year deal worth roughly $40 million in 2012. In 2014 his overall package would have been worth over $9 million - including a salary of $4,750,000, signing bonus of $3,000,000 and option bonus of $1,750,000. 

But as Rice, a three-time all-Pro, was on the suspended list at the start of the season he won't be entitled to his 2014 pay. 

He now becomes a free agent, but won't be able to play in the NFL due to his suspension.

On Monday, TMZ released previously unseen footage filmed by a security camera inside an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, the video shows the couple – who married a month later – engaged in a heated exchange as they enter the lift.

Once inside Rice can be seen slapping his girlfriend, before she hits him and the 5-foot, 8-inch, 220-pound athlete then punches her with such force that he knocks her off her feet. 

Janay then smashes her head on the elevator hand rail and falls unconscious to the floor. 

The Ravens had said earlier on Monday that they never saw the new video. Hours later, they sent out a one-sentence release: 'The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon.'

The NFL also took action, saying on Twitter that Commissioner 'Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice.'

Coach John Harbaugh, who previously called Rice 'one heck of a guy', is expected to speak publicly on Monday night after practice about the decision.

Despite initial reports to the contrary, the NFL had earlier denied that Goodell had access to the footage when he handed Rice a two-game suspension during the summer.

‘We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today,’ NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello had said on Monday morning.

The Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, where the fight happened, had released the video to police, but it isn't clear if either the NFL or the Ravens had requested access to it when carrying out their investigations.

A seemingly unphased Rice then drags his unconscious fiancée out of the elevator at the Atlantic City hotel

A seemingly unphased Rice then drags his unconscious fiancée out of the elevator at the Atlantic City hotel

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, left, had previously called Rice 'one heck of a guy', while NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, right, announced on Monday that he was suspending Rice from the league indefinitely

Rice drew further criticism during a press conference with his wife in May, where she apologized, but he didn't say sorry to her

'HE SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OF THE NFL AND INTO JAIL': FELLOW PROS REACTION TO RAY RICE VIDEO AND SUBSEQUENT RELEASE

Even NFL players who rarely criticize each other publicly made their feelings clear about Ray Rice on Monday through social media and in interviews.

Reaction was swift and powerful to the release of the video showing the Baltimore running back striking his then-fiancee, and the Ravens subsequently releasing him.

Saints tackle Zach Strief said: 'I don't know Ray Rice, but I know that video is disturbing. It's tough to see and it's unacceptable. ... It's upsetting.'

Added Steelers cornerback William Gay: 'We're talking about a life, I don't care about a sport when it comes down to domestic violence. This is real.'

Gay said the league needs to 'come together and help Ray Rice or anyone that's in that situation.'

Earlier, Terrance Knighton of the Broncos had been one of the first to comment on the video and was extremely critical of both Rice and the NFL.

Fellow professional Terrance Knighton, right, and ex-pro Scott Fujita were among the first players to publicly criticize Rice in the wake of the latest video

'That man should be thrown out of the NFL and thrown into jail. Shame on those deciding his punishment,' he tweeted.

'If there's anyway to open that case up and give this guy the punishment he deserves, it NEEDS to be done.'

Knighton then called on his fellow players to speak up and 'stand up for what's right.' 

'This video makes me sick to my stomach,' he tweeted.

TJ Lang of the Green Bay Packers simply tweeted '2 games. Disturbing.'

Former Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a former vice president of the NFLPA’s executive committee, had equally harsh words.

'I’m glad no one this morning seems to care about yesterday’s games,' Fujita wrote. 'This piece of s*** needs to be out of the league. Period.'

Other former players to speak out include linebackers Coy Wire and London Fletcher and center LeCharles Bentley who called on other NFL teams to refuse to play the Ravens until Rice is suspended indefinitely. 

'He could've killed that girl. They need to sports science the force of that punch. NFL players are STRONG... Like very strong,' tweeted Bentley.

The Ravens were labelled ‘COWARDS’ by one of the most influential sports writer in the country, ESPN's Bill Simmons.

‘Ravens have to waive Rice today or they are cowards. New video is appalling. I'd like to see someone in the NFL do the right thing for once,’ he tweeted.

He was also critical of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

‘Goodell's ability to keep screwing up signature decisions is unparalleled. I don't trust him to organize a fast-food order at this point.’

Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton called for Rice to be 'thrown out of the NFL and thrown into jail'

Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton called for Rice to be 'thrown out of the NFL and thrown into jail'

That video was not made available to us. And no one in our office has seen it until today

Despite initial charges against Janay Palmer being dropped, the Ravens were quick to try and apportion at least some blame on her following the original fallout from the incident. 

The couple held a joint news conference in May, where Rice apologized and Palmer said the incident was partly her fault, to the alarm of domestic abuse counselors.   

Palmer sat next to her husband during the May 23 press conference and apologized for her ‘role in that night’. The Ravens then tweeted her 'apology' to their fans.

Last month Ravens fans had even cheered Rice when he made his first appearance since the domestic assault charges in a pre-season game against the 49ers.

The franchise were labelled ‘COWARDS’ by one of the most influential sports writer in the country, ESPN's Bill Simmons on Monday.

‘Ravens have to waive Rice today or they are cowards. New video is appalling. I'd like to see someone in the NFL do the right thing for once,’ he tweeted. 

Previous video footage, released days after the sickening incident on February 15, showed Rice seemingly unphased as he dragged his unconscious fiancée out of the elevator.

Moments later she appeared to regain consciousness and he walked away from her. The couple were taken to a nearby police station, charged with simple assault and then released. 

Withdrawn: A sign that was posted in support of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice stands in front of the NFL team's headquarters, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Owings Mills, Maryland

Withdrawn: A sign that was posted in support of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice stands in front of the NFL team's headquarters, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Owings Mills, Maryland

False support: A sign that was posted in support of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice stands in front of the NFL team's headquarters on Monday

False support: A sign that was posted in support of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice stands in front of the NFL team's headquarters on Monday

Now th facts are clearer: Baltimore Ravens senior director of security Darren Sanders removes signs that were posted in support of former Ravens running back Ray Rice in front of the NFL team's headquarters on Monday

Now th facts are clearer: Baltimore Ravens senior director of security Darren Sanders removes signs that were posted in support of former Ravens running back Ray Rice in front of the NFL team's headquarters on Monday

In May the Ravens were quick to try and apportion blame to Janay Palmer, by then using her married name, even though the charge against her had been dropped

In May the Ravens were quick to try and apportion blame to Janay Palmer, by then using her married name, even though the charge against her had been dropped

The couple held a joint news conference in May, where Rice apologized and Palmer said the incident was partly her fault, to the alarm of domestic abuse counselors

The couple held a joint news conference in May, where Rice apologized and Palmer said the incident was partly her fault, to the alarm of domestic abuse counselors

In March, a grand jury upped the charges against Rice to third-degree aggravated assault, a felony, while the charge against Palmer was dropped altogether.

To avoid trial and possible jail time, Rice entered a diversionary program in May. Upon completion of the one-year program, his assault charge is due to be dismissed.

Goodell later admitted that he 'didn’t get it right' regarding Rice’s punishment and on August 28 he sent a letter to all 32 teams, detailing stronger sanctions for league personnel punished for domestic violence.  

'My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families,' he wrote. 

'I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.'

A still from the original video footage released in February which showed Rice drag his fiancee's body from the elevator but signicantly didn't show the punch that floored her and left her unconscious 

A still from the original video footage released in February which showed Rice drag his fiancee's body from the elevator but signicantly didn't show the punch that floored her and left her unconscious 

'I didn't get it right,' he added. 'Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.'

Goodell's plan includes at least six games for a first offense and a potential league ban for a second offense. 

Three members of Congress wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice's suspension and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.

Rice eventually apologized some five months after the incident when his original punishment was announced.

'My actions were inexcusable. My actions are something I have to live with the rest of my life,' he said. ‘I didn’t publicly apologize to my wife. I know that hit home for a lot of people,’ 

‘I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life. Me. She can do no wrong. She’s an angel.’ 

Rice and Palmer married in March, just a month after the incident. They had been dating since 2008 and have a daughter, three-year-old Rayven

Rice and Palmer married in March, just a month after the incident. They had been dating since 2008 and have a daughter, three-year-old Rayven

Rice had been a stand-out player for the Ravens since he was drafted from Rutgers University in the second round of the 2008 draft

Rice had been a stand-out player for the Ravens since he was drafted from Rutgers University in the second round of the 2008 draft

'My daughter is 2 years old now. One day she's going to know the power of Google. Me having to explain that to her, what happened that night, that's something I have to live with the rest of my life,' he said.

He added: 'I know that's not who I am as a man. That's not who my mom raised me to be. If anybody knows me, they know I was raised by a single parent, and that was my mother. 

'I let her down, I let my wife down, I let my daughter down. I let my wife's parents down. I let the whole Baltimore community down. I let my teammates down. I let so many people down because of 30 seconds of my life that I know I can't take back.' 

Rice had been dating Palmer since 2008 and the pair have a daughter, three-year-old Rayven.

He has been a stand-out player for the Ravens ever since he was drafted to the Maryland team from Rutgers University in the second round of the 2008 draft.

Rice helped bring the team a Super Bowl victory in 2013, and paraded his daughter on the field after the victory in celebration.

He rushed more than 1,000 yards in four straight seasons for the Ravens, but had a disappointing 2013 season during which he gained 660 yards and scored just four touchdowns. 

'There are consequences when you make a mistake like that,' Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the time. 

'I stand behind Ray. He's a heck of a guy. He's done everything right since. He made a mistake. He's gonna have to pay a consequence. It's good for kids to understand it works that way. That's how it works. That's how it should be.' 

SETH ROGEN CALLS RAY RICE A 'PIECE OF GARBAGE' WHILE MIA FARROW SAYS THE NFL STAR SHOULD GO TO JAIL

Actor Seth Rogen reacted to the video by calling Rice a ‘piece of garbage’ on Twitter.

‘I don't know much about football, but I know that Ray Rice is a piece of garbage who shouldn't be allowed to play it professionally anymore.’

Rogen then tweeted at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying, ‘@nflcommish your punishment for beating a woman is less than for smoking weed. Get your head out of your f****** ass.’

Rogen was referencing the yearlong ban handed out to Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for testing positive for marijuana. 

Seth Rogen responded to Monday's video by questioning the actions of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Seth Rogen responded to Monday's video by questioning the actions of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell


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My actions were inexcusable {VIDEO} Ravens running back Ray Rice makes public apology 5 MONTHS after he punched his wife unconscious

The footage of Ray Rice knocking out his then fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has finally surfaced. The incident occurred on February 15, 2014.


TMZ obtained the surveillance footage that is sure to cause more second guessing of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to only suspend Rice for two games and fine him $500,000.

Janay and Ray appeared to be arguing prior to stepping onto the elevator. Once inside Ray punches her. Janay moves towards him and he punches her again. She falls and hits her head against the elevator railing. The Baltimore Ravens player then drags her out of the elevator.

She remains unconscious for a period of time while lying face down in the entryway of the elevator. A security guard stands next to her. Janay eventually sits up with Ray's help, but is obviously still woozy.

Ray was charged with third-degree charge of aggravated assault. Prior to the trial he accepted a diversion program that permits certain defendants to avoid formal prosecution if they attend the program for a minimum of one year. If he completes the program the aggravated assault charge will be dismissed. However, the charge will remain on his record.

The couple has gone on to get married.

"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault," Rice said in a statement released by Ravens via ESPN. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously."

Should Rice have gotten suspended for more games?

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ESPN Suspends Stephen A. Smith For Comments About Ray Rice's Domestic Abuse Case {VIDEO} Is This The Right Call?

  • Ravens running back Ray Rice makes public apology FIVE MONTHS after he punched his wife unconscious

  • Rice was contrite as he appeared at a press conference during training on Thursday - five months after he allegedly attacked his then-fiancee

  • Surveillance footage caught him dragging her body from an elevator

  • He called her an 'angel' who could do 'no wrong' and said he feared the day his two-year-old daughter would find out what he had done

  • Rice was suspended for just two games following the incident

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has finally publicly apologized for allegedly punching his wife before dragging her limp body from an elevator.

The 27-year-old football player, who was caught on surveillance footage in February carrying his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino, told reporters on Thursday that his actions were 'inexcusable'.

'You know that's not me,' he said. 'You know that's something I have to live... with the rest of my life.'

Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Rice would be suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2014 regular season - a punishment that many said failed to go far enough.

Apology: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said on Thursday the attack on his wife was 'inexcusable'

He was also fined an additional game check for 'conduct detrimental to the NFL,' the league said.

At the press conference, he refused to say what had triggered the incident but said he was worried that his two-year-old daughter would find out about it on Google when she was older.

'It hurts because I can't go out there and play football, but it hurts more because I have to be a father and explain what happened to my daughter,' he said, CNN reported.

'I let so many people down because of 30 seconds in my life that you know I know I can't take back.'

He called his wife Janay, who watched the press conference from a balcony, an 'angel' who could do 'no wrong' and said they were in counseling.

Ray Rice: I'll have to explain wife beating charge to daughter

Regrets: Rice was banned from two games following the alleged assault but he has still be at training

'My job is to lead my family, my job is lead my wife, my job is to lead in whatever I do,' he said. 'And If I'm not being the example, then my family crumbles.'

He added that his wife will speak out about domestic violence.

'When the time is right we will go out there and help as many people as we can,' he said.

Rice entered a pretrial intervention program in May, meaning he won't be prosecuted, and the charges will be expunged after a year, the NFL explained.

Rice's suspension will begin on August 30. He will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on September 7 and the September 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But he will be eligible for reinstatement on September 12 and is allowed to participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.

Distance: Rice is pictured sitting beside his wife Janay at a press conference in May - his first time speaking publicly since facing felony assault charges in the February attack. But he failed to apologize until this week

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Outrage at ESPN host who suggested women should try not to 'provoke' men into beating them after Ray Rice scandal {VIDEO+PICS} Do you agree or disagree and why?

ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.

Smith's commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2's "First Take" last Friday about the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread attention, including a stinging rebuke online from a fellow ESPN personality.

Smith issued an on-air apology Monday, saying it was the most egregious mistake of his career.

A day later, ESPN took action. The network's chief executive, John Skipper, told ESPN's staff in a memo it was done after a "thoughtful discussion" about appropriate actions with men and women in his company.

"I believe his apology was sincere and that he and we have learned from what we've collectively experienced," Skipper said.

Smith will not appear on "First Take" or ESPN radio until Aug. 6, the network said.

During the Rice discussion, Smith alluded to women in abuse cases when he said, "Let's make sure we don't do anything to provoke wrong action ... we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Janay Palmer and husband Ray Rice

Shortly after Smith's remarks, colleague Michelle Beadle responded on Twitter that "I was just forced to watch this morning's First Take. A) I'll never feel clean again B) I'm not aware that I can provoke my own beating."

Michelle Beadle

Beadle, host of ESPN2's "SportsNation," continued with a series of tweets. She said that "Violence isn't the victim's issue. It's the abuser's. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting."

Smith, during his apology, said it wasn't his intention to say that women could be responsible for their own abuse. "It was not what I was trying to say," he said. "Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulder."

Smith didn't explain the point that he was trying to make.

ESPN frowns upon its personalities attacking each other on social media or other forums. But it did not announce any punishment for Beadle.

Dr. Boyce Watkins: Stephen A. Smith gets suspended by ESPN: Was that the right decision?

Stephen A. Smith Suspended By ESPN For Domestic Violence Remarks

 

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ESPN host in hot water over Ray Rice comments

  • ESPN host Stephen A. Smith made the comments during a discussion of Ray Rice's two-game suspension for knocking his wife out cold
  • Smith said that while men should not hit women, women should not 'provoke' men
  • ESPN2 host Michelle Beadle tweeted her disgust at the comments
  • Smith defended himself in now-deleted tweets and later issued a longer apology

An ESPN host has been taken to task by one of his own colleagues for comments he made during a discussion of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension for allegedly knocking out his fiancee.

The punishment has been criticized as too lenient for such an act, but Stephen A. Smith made an ill-advised attempt to come at the issue from both sides during a First Take segment Friday.

Ray Rice was captured on camera knocking his then-fiancee (now wife) unconscious at an Atlantic City casino and dragging her limp body from the elevator.

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Provocation: Stephen A Smith won the ire of many who watched First Take Friday and heard him advise women not to 'provoke' men into abusing them

Provocation: Stephen A Smith won the ire of many who watched First Take Friday and heard him advise women not to 'provoke' men into abusing them

In a meandering comment, Smith comes to the conclusion that while no man should ever hit a woman, women, for their part, should learn not to behave in such a way as to 'provoke' his anger. 

Smith appears to believe that being a man 'who was raised by women' and has himself raised daughters, he is well-qualified to advise women on how to behave.

'Let's make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,' he says, presumably to his female viewers.

'...I think that just talking about what guys shouldn’t do, we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.'

Taken to task: ESPN host Michelle Beadle didn't let her work relationship with Smith get in the way of her indignation at his comments

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Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on October 29, 2014 at 1:11am
As difficult as it is for R. Rice,Chris Brown to not pummel females, its equally difficult for me to respect them and their ilk as.men.
Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on October 29, 2014 at 1:08am
@ conscious1 : that "control" you spoke on was exhibited as the alleged spit "hit the fan".
What is clearly underused on both parts is called"discipline". Without discipline, every man would be proverbally lynching himself.
Comment by rashid rourk on October 28, 2014 at 10:08pm

I would bet these same people would've been at your house with pitchforks and torches, if  the situation was vice-versa. Is the child in blackface?

Comment by conscious1 on October 28, 2014 at 9:50pm

Sorry, I fully understand that this is a very serious issue, but that shyt is funny....lol, lol,, lol.  This is why black men/black people must learn to practice control; especially if you are in a high profiled position.  If not, be prepared to be publicized, ostracized and then ridiculed.  It's the new way of lynching the black man.

Comment by conscious1 on October 28, 2014 at 9:42pm

@unell Mitchell, Look at the video marked "full video", move the pointer off the screen so that the heading can fall back.  Watch what Ray Rice does as she initially past by him while he was standing holding a hand device.  Who spat on who first?

Comment by unell mitchell on October 28, 2014 at 5:33pm

What he did was wrong, I get that, but just for the people that swear he spit on her, look at the video carefully. Who gets spit on and don't wipe it off. Just some food for thought. 

Comment by BEYGUM KHAN on October 28, 2014 at 3:54pm

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE FIGHT WAS ABOUT....RAY RICE HAD NO BUSINESS HITTING HIS THEN FIANCE!!

Comment by Cee Gee on October 28, 2014 at 12:34pm

regarding the costume issue, it is tacky and tasteless to create a halloween costume out of someone's personal problems.  Whoever created that idea should be ashamed of themselves and whoever purchases it or copies the idea should be slapped.  Domestic violence is not a laughing matter.

Comment by Joann Spencer on October 16, 2014 at 5:29pm

people's an friends Woo that old new we all feel for the wife Yes Ray Rice it just a man but some thing you get into an life let you no you can't put of hands on people's a woman or man un less you are going to kill some one that it the game to me Oh well Tiffany I will chat with you later

Comment by Tiffany Pemberton on October 15, 2014 at 9:49pm

I dont think he meant to knock her out or seriously harm her if he did he would have continued to punch her and even stomp on her. Young people make dumb mistakes. I dont condone domestic violence but sometimes young immature people do things they dont really understand the consequences for and I believe thats what we saw when he dragged her out the elevator: his consequences for his actions and he alreadynew at that very moment his career was over and he was overwhelmed, confused and lets not forget angry. We need to teach our young men about respecting women and not putting their hands on them. However the media and society is one sided and two faced because had she have knocked him out in this fight that they both exchanged blows they would have commended and supported her and probably laughed about. Men recognize your strength,  WAlk AWAY 

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