Janay Rice, back left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP/Patrick Semansky)
After interviewing more than 20 sources about a brutal domestic violence incident involving former star running back Ray Rice, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” claims to have uncovered a “pattern of misinformation and misdirection” among the Baltimore Ravens organization and the NFL.
Sources, which reportedly include “team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, advisers and friends of Rice,” told ESPN that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass, and GM Ozzie Newsome attempted to prevent damning elevator video showing Rice punching and knocking out his then-fiancee, Janay, from going public.
The Ravens organization was quick to pan the report on Friday, claiming that it’s full of “errors” and “inaccuracies.”
“The ESPN.com ‘Outside the Lines’ article contains numerous errors, inaccuracies, false assumptions and, perhaps, misunderstandings. The Ravens will address all of these next week in Baltimore after our trip to Cleveland for Sunday’s game against the Browns,” the team said in a statement.
In another shocking claim, sources alleged that Rice himself feels that the team’s owner attempted to bribe him with a front-office job if he kept quiet about the video.
More from the “Outside the Lines” report:
After the Feb. 15 incident in the casino elevator, Ravens executives — in particular owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome — began extensive public and private campaigns pushing for leniency for Rice on several fronts: from the judicial system in Atlantic County, where Rice faced assault charges, to commissioner Goodell, who ultimately would decide the number of games Rice would be suspended from this fall, to within their own building, where some were arguing immediately after the incident that Rice should be released.
Written by Jason Howerton
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