We Made a Mistake

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A Raven Honors a Shamed Hall of Famer

Despite some hits in recent years the Baltimore Ravens still have a reputation for being one of the league’s finest organizations. From the top of the franchise’s food chain to the interns that yearn to become full-time employees, the team has earned that reputation. They are that good, that smart and like the accomplished athlete who focuses more on his mistakes than successes, organizationally the Ravens seek ways to improve.

These aren’t just words. It’s a way of professional life if Steve Bisciotti signs your paycheck.

And that’s why it’s unconscionable that this team, one that leaves no stone unturned, violated an obvious rule under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

we made a mistake

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That’s akin to John Urschel flunking a 5th grade math exam.

In.ex.cus.able!

Today the NFL announced the penalty levied against the Ravens. They will forfeit one week of OTA sessions (June 1-3) and both the organization ($343,057) and head coach John Harbaugh ($137,223) have been fined under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for a violation of the offseason workout rules.

They had their rookies practice in pads for 5 minutes during a special teams drill.

Wow!

The Ravens response?

“We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline.”

We made a mistake?

What will the team response be if it happens again AND they lose a draft pick?

Let’s hope that within The Castle walls the words are far more threatening.

Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

Speaking to the media after practice today, John Harbaugh shared that Michael Campanaro missed this afternoon’s session due to a calf injury. He tweaked it a couple of weeks ago. Shocker. This probably isn’t going to end well for the Maryland native.

Timmy Jernigan addressed the media and let everyone know that he will wear No. 99 this season in honor of Warren Sapp.

Warren Sapp?

You’re honoring a guy who regularly taunted, delivered cheap shots and physically threatened a coach after said coach (Mike Sherman) took exception to the vile behavior of Sapp after he blind-sided Packers offensive lineman Chad Clifton and then celebrated the hit nearby as Clifton lay motionless, eventually sent to the hospital? You’re honoring a guy with a history of associating with prostitutes and beating, biting and face-stomping women?

The same guy who was fired by NFL Network?

That guy?

Sapp might be a Hall of Famer on the field but off the field he’s a Hall of Shamer who has already been honored enough in his lifetime.

Should Jernigan have changed his number to honor Warren Sapp?

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