This fucking tweet (only deleted an hour or so ago):

• John Harbaugh welcoming "heck of a guy" Ray Rice back to the team.

He makes a mistake, alright. He's gonna have to pay a consequence. It's good for kids to understand that it works that way, and that's how it works. That's how it should be.

• Adam Schefter, on the suspension:

• Seemingly half the on-air folks at ESPN:


• Stephen A. Smith, who turned a discussion of Janay Rice's beating into one about a woman's responsibility not to provoke a man into beating her.

We also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there's real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them, because we've got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way. And I don't think that's broached enough, is all I'm saying.

• Kevin Byrne, the Ravens' top PR guy, in a tone-deaf article that I'm still not sure I can believe exists.

I liked Ray Rice a lot then. I like Ray Rice a lot today.

Clearly Ray has been scrutinized. He has been reviewed in a court of law and in the court of public opinion. The NFL punished Ray Rice with a two-game suspension and a third game check. He will lose 3/17 of his salary.

After a thorough legal review, a New Jersey judge placed Rice in a diversionary program that will allow his record of charges to be expunged if he maintains his good citizenship for a year.

Like many of us, Ray Rice had a moment in his life he wishes he could take back.


When I told Bisciotti at the end of our conversation yesterday that "I think I am going to write that blog about Ray," Steve smiled and said: "Is it a flaw for us that we support our players in tough times? If it is, I'm OK with that."