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Players speaking out against Ray Rice after knockout video

Terrance Knighton

Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton jokes with reporters after NFL football minicamp in Englewood, Colo., on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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It didn’t take long for the video of Ray Rice punching his wife in the face to elicit strong reactions.

And that’s not just within the media, lest we be accused of stirring a controversial topic because it’s good for business.

NFL players and prominent former players are beginning to speak out, with the same kind of outrage others have.

That man should be thrown out the the nfl and thrown into jail,” Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton tweeted a few moments ago. “Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh.”

Knighton continued, calling his fellow players to action.

“As players we must speak up,” he wrote. “Stand up for what’s right. I don’t give a damn who u are or how much money you make. No place for this.

Longtime linebacker Scott Fujita, a former vice president of the NFLPA’s executive committee, had equally harsh words.
I’m glad no one this morning seems to care about yesterday’s games,” Fujita wrote. “This piece of s--- needs to be out of the league. Period.”

The Ravens have gone out of their way to defend and protect Rice’s honor, to the extent of live-tweeting his wife’s apology for getting knocked unconscious. But it’s good to know that members of Rice’s own fraternity of players are willing to say what the rest of the world is thinking.

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