Ravens Could Release Ray Rice After Violent Video Surfaces
Ray Rice had received his punishment – a two-game ban from the NFL – and everyone was slowly trying to move on from his assumed domestic violence case. Now things get a little more complicated.
A video showing the actions that Rice did during the off-season (hitting his then fiance’ and now wife) has now made his actions a lot more real. Immediate public outrage has struck, which could potentially force the Ravens to release their one-time franchise running back, according to reports.
In addition to the public relations fallout and a possible release, NFL commissioner could also feel the heat of “missing” the point when he initially suspended Rice.
Thanks to another report suggesting Roger Goodell had actually seen the violent footage prior to ruling Rice out for just two games, many could call for Goodell’s head, as well.
There has already been outrage in regards to Rice’s small suspension, while video proof could result in the league re-hashing Rice’s cast and handing down a bigger ban. Per new league rules (created following Rice’s originally verdict) a first-rime domestic violence case resulting in a conviction would carry a six-game ban. A second would have that player kicked out of the league for life.
Rice thought he was now only a game away from getting his life back to normal, but the fateful punch he landed earlier in the off-season is clearly still having a major impact on his NFL career.
The Baltimore Ravens still have to decide what they want to do going forward, but their eventual decision could hinge largely on whether or not the NFL decides to expand Rice’s punishment.
If they do, Rice could be set on waivers, and could potentially be picked up by any of the other 31 NFL teams. That is a very real possibility, but it’s probably likely he clears waivers and hits free agency, as no other team is going to want to take on the PR mess of bringing on a man who has very recently gotten in trouble for hitting a woman.
Things seem to be up in the air for the moment, but it’s not crazy to wonder if Rice could be done in Baltimore – or even the NFL, altogether.
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