Although the Baltimore Ravens originally supported Ray Rice, their running back, during the off season as he was dealing with a domestic violence scandal, they have now officially cut the cord after TMZ leaked footage of the incident. The team cut him this afternoon, taking to their Twitter to officiate the news stating “The #Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice’s contract this afternoon.” Not long after the NFL also made a statement, tweeting “Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice.” Just a few months prior, members of the Raven’s roster were supporting Rice, making statements in his defense. John Harbaugh, the head coach stated, “He will be part of our team. He’s a person of character. The thing that’s really important is to be able to support the person without condoning the action. He makes a mistake. There’s no justifying what happened. When you drink too much in public, those kind of things happen.” I guess it was easier to make those generalized statements and keeping him on board for the sake of the team when there was just verbal accounts of the incident. However, after seeing it inaction and on video, it’s hard to condone someone with that kind of behavior, no matter how beneficial. It’s hard to say what will be next for Rice, but let’s hope he learned his lesson.
Eagles Lineman Brandon Graham Fined more than Trent Williams for Unsportsmanlike Conduct in NFC Championship
Brandon Graham, a defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles, attracted the wrath of the NFL on Saturday. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Graham was reportedly fined $13,261 for his unsportsmanlike behavior in the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Given that Graham was not punished for gratuitous violence throughout the competition, the news is unexpected. When the league watched the game’s video, which the Eagles won 31-7, it must have seen something the officials did not.