Ray Rice and Fiancee to Attend Couples “Seminar”

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Things have been a relatively quiet for the past week regarding Ray Rice and the pending case against him, but on Wednesday Ravens head coach John Harbaugh shined some light on the incident, from the standpoint of the organization.

The head coach told members of the media he has recently spoken to Rice.

“I’ve talked to Ray a lot, and really nothing to add other than what’s been said already – the facts will determine the consequences, and we’ll see where it goes,” Harbaugh stated.

“There’s nothing [Rice] has said that hasn’t turned out to be the case,” Harbaugh went on. “I know Ray is going to spend a week at a seminar type of thing as a couples type deal. He’s doing everything he can to do what he needs to do and make things right.”

Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer were both arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence in Atlantic City in February. The couple remains engaged to be married, according to Harbaugh.

While it remains to be seen how the legal process plays out for Rice, Harbaugh maintains what he said on the teams’ website in late February regarding Rice’s future with the Ravens.

“Not that I’m aware of,” he responded when asked if Rice’s standing with the team may be in jeopardy. “I haven’t seen anything that would remotely make me think that.”

The running back plans to participate in the team’s voluntary workout program and has been working out with several teammates in the area, addressing his vow to return in better shape for the 2014 season.

For now it appears as if it’s business as usual – until the Ravens hear otherwise.

In the meantime the team has locked up tight end Dennis Pitta and is attempting to secure some of their other free agents – aggressively, according to Harbaugh.

“We’ve got aggressive offers out to all those guys,” he said. “They’re working very hard at it.”

While the Ravens are set to tackle free agency and the upcoming NFL draft it remains to be seen if they have a alternate plan just in case Rice does miss a few games. While they won’t publicly comment on it, no doubt they have a plan. After all, this isn’t the first time Ozzie has had to deal with a player having off-the-field issues.

 

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3 Raves on “Ray Rice and Fiancee to Attend Couples “Seminar”

  1. John on said:

    Mr. Rice will soon be saying “it was my fault I take full responsibility” doesn’t cut it. Several fumbles during the playoffs. A poor season in 2013 including arguing with refs and coaches. The Ravens have a good reason to let Mr. Rice go and save on the salary cap.

    • Nick on said:

      His poor 2013 season was due to the horrible offensive line and a nagging hip injury. Perhaps you missed this article on why releasing Rice wouldn’t really save the Ravens any money in regards to the salary cap:

      http://russellstreetreport.com/cap-ramifications-of-ray-rices-legal-issues/

      If we release him now, he counts $14.25M against the cap. Release him after June 1st, he counts $4.75M against the 2014 cap and a whopping $9.5M against the 2015 cap. Not a good idea.

      His legal issues are unfortunate and ugly, but releasing him makes no sense based on one bad season and a couple of playoff fumbles during our Super Bowl run.

  2. catgirl54 on said:

    Why isn’t Ray Rice, who loves the camera more than any other Raven except Ray Lewis, speaking to his fanbase about this? His silence speaks volumes. I realize he’s probably under his lawyers’ orders not to speak, but I would have a lot more respect for him if he would.

    I notice M&T bank has pulled all their Rice adds. They don’t want to be anywhere near this. No wonder!

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