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On the Ravens’ opening drive Sunday against Cleveland, they started off going backwards – an incomplete pass to (gasp!) Ed Dickson, followed by a three-yard loss by Ray Rice. It looked as if they would immediately be facing a 3rd-and-very-long to start the game, but instead a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor gave them a fresh set of downs.

However, it wasn’t just your typical run-of-the-mill altercation or late hit that drew the flag. We saw Taylor punch Rice in the face, but even after the flag was thrown, the chains were moved, and the officials tried to resume play, Rice and Taylor still seemed to be barking at each other.

The officials even went so far as to warn both teams to settle down, delaying things even further.

After the game, Taylor offered his explanation for what happened:

The Browns nose guard said “something happened” that caused him to slap the Baltimore Ravens halfback in the helmet and incur a 15-yard penalty after Rice was tackled for a loss on the game’s second play.

Asked by reporters following the Browns’ 14-6 loss if Rice spit on him, Taylor said: “Look at the film, you will see . . . I’m not going to say. It is what it is. I need to keep my composure.”

A replay shows Taylor and Rice face mask to face mask after Desmond Bryant tackled the Raven veteran for a 3-yard loss.

“I heard a guy scream he got spit on,” Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “If guys are spitting, that’s immature. That’s elementary. We’re all grown men. There’s no need to spit on a guy. I don’t know if it was Ray, but apparently someone got spit on.”

It seems highly unlikely that Rice, who is well-known as one of the best role models and stand-up gentlemen in the league, a pillar of the Baltimore community who devotes countless hours of his time to charity (especially those involving children), would do such a thing.

Here’s a GIF of the incident (c/o @GDixon410):

And here’s video of it, on NFL.com.

Rice seemed to get even more heated moments after Taylor punched him – perhaps taking great offense to being accused of something as disgusting as spitting?

So, what do you think?

Did Ray Rice spit at Phil Taylor?

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15 comments
Sandy Shore
Sandy Shore

Sorry but the Raven players don't & won't stoop to the level of spitting on anyone....Go Ravens Caw-Caw

john Carl
john Carl

He can pull this BS sumwhere else but Ray Rice is in the community NON_STOP so the Ppl and Fans of Baltimore KNOW Ray Rice a lil more personally then MOST players.We Know that Ray was raised way better then that,is way to CLASSY and has beliefs and Morals to RIVAL "Tebow" SOO Taylor tried the WRONG lie on the WRONG Guy....We Know BETTER

Stack
Stack

It looks to me like Ray made a kissy-face gesture, which could easily be mistaken for spitting.

Chad Spiegel
Chad Spiegel

This is way out of Ray's character, and like many others have commented, he has a mouth guard in. Spitting accusations aside, I think it was awesome that Rice got right up in Taylor's face. Don't mess with Ray!!

Billy Lentz
Billy Lentz

Looks like Taylor spits on Ray first and so he spit back and Taylor hit him

kathy
kathy

No way in hell did he spit at someone

Tristan Gillette
Tristan Gillette

I would love to see someone try to spit through a mouthpiece like his..

Kevin Reichard
Kevin Reichard

Looked more like Ray Rice was trying to talk, & his mouth piece came out... Spit takes force & velocity... If Ray spit the whole mouth guard would have flew out of his mouth, & hit phil taylor in the face.. Taylor is just a sour puss, & a bully... Go Ravens !!!!

Brandon
Brandon

It pains me to say this, but after slowing down the video and pausing it over and over again, it looks like Ray didn't spit on him, BUT he got slick with it and I seen what he did. He used his lips and mouth to kinda flick his mouth-guard causing a little bit of spit to fly out. It's hard to explain. Imagine flicking mashed potatoes out of a spoon. Well, RR looks to have kinda used his teeth or mouth to do that with his mouth-guard. Not a full on spit, but I can see how he might think so. This is not in Ray's demeanor at all.

ddpacino
ddpacino

Like Joseph said... what appears to be an attempt to spit by Rice, he has a full mouthpiece in. After the guy smacked his head, you can clearly see Rice take it out of his mouth and was just jawing at him. Inconclusive.

Tim Cupp
Tim Cupp

Its pretty obvious that he said "What?" like "What.. whatchugonna do" and the dude hit him.

Joseph Geisler
Joseph Geisler

At the moment in the gif when the spit looks to be taking place Ray has a full purple mouth guard in which covers the upper and lower lips completely, right after the browns player hits him and he turns back around he puts his hand up to remove the mouth guard, when I played football I don't remember being able to spit with my mouth guard in not that I was trying to but it was a full 1 piece setup similar to the one Ray seems to be wearing and it would be like spitting on myself because the mouth guard is so bulky it would block anything coming out.

Pete Sims
Pete Sims

he does stuff in the community so he wouldn`t spit at another player?...is this meant to be comedy?... anybody with an ounce of honesty realizes that rice either spat or tried to spit on taylor.....just watch the gif...he gets punched immediately afterward...c`mon guys,stop with the b.s....because he`s a raven objectivity and common sense go out the window?

cbay52
cbay52

I never could spit through my mouth guard and I never wore a full mouth guard, just the one sided type.Had I tried I'd probably have just drooled on myself. I watched the video on the NFL's website easily two dozen times last night because when I saw the replay on television it sure looked like Ray Rice made the motion as if he were spitting. I learned two things. First of all that player they use is terrible. Second, no spit ever leaves Rice's mouth unless he fired that thing out at the speed of sound with a full guard in his mouth. In my opinion Ray Rice bucked his head a tiny bit to emphasize a comment like "Go 'head!" in response to Taylor. I know if I was a 335 defensive tackle and someone spit on me I'd have done much more than slap them in the helmet.

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