Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome: Ray Rice video ‘doesn’t look good’
INDIANAPOLIS — Ozzie Newsome said that the Ravens will avoid rushing to judgement regarding Ray Rice’s ongoing legal situation, but Baltimore’s general manager admitted that a video appearing to show Rice dragging his fiancée from the elevator of an Atlantic City casino “doesn’t look good.” Rice’s attorney confirmed the video was authentic but called it “incomplete.”
The MMQB’s Robert Klemko reported that police have video evidence of Rice knocking his fiancée unconscious prior to the incident on the elevator.
“Up until we get all of the facts, we’ll allow the process to run its course,” Newsome said. “As coach [John] Harbaugh said, we’ll let the facts determine what the consequences will be.”
Harbaugh told the media Friday that he expected Rice to remain with the team into the 2014 season, despite his arrest.
“I haven’t seen anything that would remotely make me think that [Rice would not be on the Ravens' roster moving forward],” Harbaugh said. “The two people obviously have a couple issues that they have to work through, and they’re both committed to doing that. That was the main takeaway for me from the conversation. They understand their own issues. They’re getting a lot of counseling and those kinds of things, so I think that’s really positive. That was the main takeaway.”
Both the league and the Ravens could step in with a punishment — possibly a substantial one — should Rice be found guilty. Thus far, he has been charged with simple assault for domestic violence. An Atlantic City court summons served for Rice, obtained by WJZ-TV reads that Rice did “commit assault by attempting to cause bodily injury … specifically by striking [his fiancée] with his hand, rendering her unconscious at the Revel Casino.”
Newsome said Saturday that he has not yet had a chance to talk with Rice about the situation. He also deferred to the league, at least for now, on a possible forthcoming punishment.
“As a league, we have a conduct policy — as a member of the league, we’ll follow that,” Newsome said. “We’ll allow the league to takes its position before we do.”