On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 6:30 PM EDT Live Pregame Show Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail preview the Ravens' preseason matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Live Game Audio Broadcast Listen to the live WBAL broadcast of the Lions vs. Ravens on BaltimoreRavens.com or in the Ravens mobile app.
  • Tue., Sep. 06, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Paint The Town Purple Help us paint the town purple! Visit M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday morning or the Maryland State Fairgrounds in the afternoon to have your car stenciled with the official Ravens logo.
  • Wed., Sep. 07, 2016 8:00 AM EDT #FindTheFlock Scavenger Hunt Locate one of the six LED Ravens letters spread around Baltimore on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and you could win great prizes by using the hashtag #FindTheFlock! Clues will be provided Wednesday morning via the Ravens Snapchat account, so stay tuned and make sure to follow BLTRavens on Snapchat!
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Ravens Wired See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by Comcast Sportsnet's Brent Harris.
  • Sun., Sep. 11, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Sat., Sep. 17, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sun., Sep. 18, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EDT Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.

News

Print
RSS

Steve Bisciotti Shows Compassion For Ray Rice

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti says Ray Rice will 'definitely' be back with the team this season.


Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti is showing running back Ray Rice compassion.

Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15 after an altercation with his fiancée at an Atlantic City casino.

It was certainly out of character for Rice, and while Bisciotti isn’t happy to see it, he’s going to support his player based on his track record.

“I don’t know of any other player that’s ever generated as much goodwill in our building and in our community as Ray in those six years,” Bisciotti said Monday at the NFL owners meetings.

“If Ray was the kind of guy that was susceptible to trouble, then I could sit here and say that this is terribly disappointing to me. I think it’s selfish for me to inject my own opinion about that, although I am the owner. I know how terribly disappointing it is to Ray and his fiancée, how embarrassing it is for them. I have to have compassion towards him.”

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh and General Manager Ozzie Newsome have said they plan on having Rice as part of the team next season.

While there is reportedly more video of the incident, Bisciotti echoed their sentiments.

“He’ll be back with the team. He’ll definitely be back,” Bisciotti said.

Bisciotti said he’s talked to Rice a couple of times about the incident and that they can’t change what happened in the past. But Bisciotti is more concerned with what happens in the future.

“I’ve been on record of saying my definition of character is repeating offenses,” Bisciotti said. “If we’re all one strike and you’re out, then we’re all in trouble. It’s how you respond to adversity.

“Ray has not experienced any [adversity]. He’s just been lauded as the nicest, hardest working, greatest guy on the team and in the community. So we have to support him. I think we’ll be rewarded by him maturing and never putting himself in a situation like that again.”

Bisciotti feels that other players on the team can learn from the mistakes Rice has made.

Rice hasn’t been the only Ravens player arrested this offseason. Three were arrested in a 22-day span, including wide receiver Deonte Thompson (marijuana possession) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (two misdemeanor battery charges).

Bisciotti said he’s always concerned about the image of the team, but is waiting for all the legal action to play out before passing harsh judgment.

“They are a smudge on the organization,” Bisciotti said of the arrests.

“I don’t know if they were spread out, whether that would make it better or not. We just kind of have to roll with this, it kind of comes with the territory.

“But these guys have to realize that they’re not kids, they’re grown men. You’ve got to find your balance in life to make sure you don’t put yourself in these kind of situations; whether it’s hanging out with the wrong people or being in the wrong places or drinking too much in public, which I think contributed to one if not maybe all three of those issues.”

 

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos