“So this is yet another call to men to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their words, their deeds.”
Ravens fans male and female, young and old, arrived for Thursday night’s game against the Steelers debating the events that have affected their team over the last few days.
For just the second time in the past 11 regular-season games between Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the outcome was decided by more than a field goal, as the Ravens crushed the Steelers 26-6 last night at home.
The owners of the Giants and Steelers, both close confidants of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, said they would not be conducting or directing the investigation.
The Ravens were playing their first game since running back Ray Rice had his contract terminated Monday following the release of a video that showed him striking his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator.
Boomer & Craig got things started with the Bombers, before the conversation inevitably shifted back to the NFL.
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Thursday night that he does not believe NFL Chairman Roger Goodell could possibly have seen the video months ago.
“If these allegations are true, Roger Goodell is part of the problem, and he is incapable of achieving a real solution,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said on Wednesday.
“The NFL, right now, I think they’re out of control. We have gotten multiple conflicting statements from various people we’ve been talking with inside there, where it sounds like they don’t know what’s what.”
While some professional athletes have come out in support of Ray Rice, only to do an about-face in the face of public outcry, the Giants’ Mark Herzlich is no such flip-flopper. He doesn’t want Rice anywhere near the team he plays for.
NBA star Paul George defended Ray Rice on Twitter, then backtracked less than an hour later by deleting the posts and apologizing to women and victims of domestic violence.
Many current and former NFL players are unhappy with Goodell and the league, and they have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
The superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle says that though Rice’s actions are condemnable, his hometown can “hope for healing and growth for him, his family and our community.”
The NFL Commissioner was either willfully ignorant of the Ray Rice elevator tape or just plain incompetent, and neither bodes well for his future.
The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.”