Rice has been in the court of public opinion, but he had yet to be out in public.
In his first major appearance Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium as part of an open training camp practice, Rice got a standing ovation from the Ravens fans that have followed him for the past six years.
Rice has been under a lot of national scrutiny, magnified with the announcement of his two-game suspension. His hometown fans showed him a lot of love, however.
The standing-O came as Rice jogged onto the field. He ran to a corner of the stadium and away from the rest of his teammates, and it was clear who fans were cheering for. Rice gave them a smile and salute, as if to thank them.
Rice then showed his usual fun-loving side, challenging a young boy to a race down the Ravens sideline.
Rice jerseys sprinkled the crowd, worn by both males and females.
“I have on number 27 to show the fans, and the world, that I am supportive of Ray Rice,” said Jerra Byrd of Randallstown, Md. “He has been forgiven by his wife. He is moving on with his life. He didn’t ask for the two-game suspension.”
“I’m wearing his jersey because he is still a good man,” added Debbie Lindling of Baltimore. “I’m happy to support Ray Rice, just like he has always supported our community.”