(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Despite his recent legal issues, the Baltimore Ravens are standing behind running back Ray Rice, declaring that his troubles will not effect his status with the team going forward.
“If everybody was a one-strike-and-you’re-out, then we’d all be in trouble,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told ESPN. “When somebody repeats mistakes, it’s showing a lack of character to me. You can’t take what Ray’s done — the kind of locker-room influence he’s been and the kind of community commitment that he’s shown — and say he’s a different person.”
Back on Feb. 15, Rice was arrested after a physical altercation with his fiancée at a casino in Atlantic City. A video of part of the incident was obtained and later posted by TMZ.
The 27-year-old Rice has spent his entire six-year career with the Ravens, but is coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro. In 2013, Rice rushed for 660 yards, his fewest since his rookie year in 2008, and averaged just 3.1 yards per carry.
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