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Ray Rice wants to help NFL raise awareness for domestic violence


Ray Rice wants to help NFL raise awareness for domestic violence

Ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice said he would like to work with the NFL to raise awareness about domestic violence and to help prevent it. Rice has not been given a second chance to return as a player since his domestic violence incident in 2013 that led to his release by the Ravens.

“I think the NFL has such a huge platform and I’ve seen the platform I had when I was playing, when I would go out and help people,” Rice said Sunday while being interviewed on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “I go out now and I don’t have an NFL platform, but I’m going out there and helping people out. So if I never played a down again, why not see if I could use their platform to go out there and help people make a difference?

“Young rookies, anybody in college… I want to be able to spread all of my experiences to help other people, to make them understand that domestic violence is not OK, even one time.”

Photos of Nicole Holder, ex-girlfriend of Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, were published Friday on the website Deadspin. Hardy was arrested in 2014 on charges of threatening and attacking Holder, when Hardy played for the Panthers. Hardy was convicted of domestic violence in a bench trial, but he appealed seeking a jury trial. The case was dismissed in February of 2015 when Holder stopped cooperating with police.

Rice was not released by the Ravens until video emerged of him punching his wife, Janay, who was then Rice’s fiancée.  Asked why he thought Hardy was able to return to the NFL, while Rice has been unable to, Rice said, “I’m only in a position to speak about myself and focus on my situation, because every situation is different. But I truly understand what my visual did and the effect it had on society and the survivors of domestic violence. So for me, to never be forgiven, I understand those things, and I totally take full responsibility for my actions.

“The one thing I can say is…I have made a lifelong decision to raising awareness about this. I used to have a situation where kids were like, ‘I want to be like Ray Rice.’ And now I have to think about kids and parents saying, ‘I don’t want you to be like Ray Rice.’ And that haunts me.”

Rice’s domestic violence charges were dismissed in May after he completed a pretrial intervention program. Bengals tackle Eric Winston, president of the NFL Players Association, said on SportsCenter that Rice deserved another chance.

“I definitely think there’s been some sort of effort not to have him in the league,” Winston said.

However, if Rice never plays again, he would be open to helping the NFL in a role that could have long-lasting impact.

[RELATED: Five Ravens who need to step up after the bye]





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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?