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Ravens Issue Statement Condemning Offensive Tweets By Patrick Ricard


The Ravens issued a statement condemning racist and homophobic tweets by fullback/defensive lineman Patrick Ricard from more than five years ago that surfaced this weekend on social media. Ricard is inactive for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"The tweets are totally unacceptable, and we have addressed the matter with Pat," the team's statement said. "We expect he'll have something to say later today after the game."

After the game, Ricard addressed the media in the locker room.

"I want to sincerely apologize for my inappropriate and unacceptable tweets," Ricard said. "I was a 16-year-old kid in high school who clearly made bad choices. Those words do not reflect who I am today."

Ricard said he had yet to address teammates about the situation.

"Today's game day," Ricard said. "I didn't want to distract the team in any way. I'm going to talk to them most likely next time we're in the building."

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