As promised last week, the Baltimore Ravens and owner Steve Bisciotti addressed the media today in regards to the Ray Rice situation. In particular, the team owner addressed a recent report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”, which claims the team knew details of and went to great lengths to cover up the story about Rice assaulting his then fiancee, Janay Palmer.
In the press conference, Bisciotti questioned the sources ESPN used for their report:
“I think that what’s obvious is that the majority of the (ESPN) sources are people that work for Ray,” Bisciotti said. “Almost everything in there is anonymous, but it’s clear from the subject matter that it’s Ray’s attorney, it’s Ray’s agent and it’s Ray’s friends. And they are building a case for reinstatement and the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to make everybody else look like they’re lying.”
“Their accusations didn’t jive with what we knew as fact.”
He went on to say that he is “deeply sorry” that the team didn’t “push harder” to get the casino’s security footage and that they did have the leverage to obtain it before allowing Rice to rejoin the team. He stands by how the Ravens organization handled the situation and “no one is losing a job” over the incident.
He also addressed the text message he sent to Rice after he was cut, emphasizing that the offer for post career employment was not “hush-money” in exchange for cooperation. “I cut a guy making $6 million a year,” Bisciotti said. “If I’m promising him to be by his side and hire him for $100,000 a year five years from now so that he can help Harry Swayne in our player development department … if that is considered worthy of him going along, I find that rather that absurd. Because it would take him 250 years to make back the $25 million that I took away from him by cutting him.”
The Ravens also posted a detailed response to ESPN’s report via their website
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