BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A lot of fans were giving Ray Rice the benefit of the doubt until they saw what really happened behind closed doors. His fall from grace now hitting rock bottom.
Derek Valcourt reports.
Much of Raven’s nation outraged after seeing the violent video for themselves.
“I thought maybe he pushed her and she hit her head on the bar. I didn’t know he hit her like that,” said Tammy Dailey, Ravens fan.
“I was a huge fan ray rice was my like my favorite player and like terrible. I am not a fan anymore at all,” said Savita Sathya, ravens fan.
The decision to boot Rice from not just the Ravens’ team but the entire NFL earning praise.
“I think they did the right thing. It breaks my heart as a wife as a mother anytime there’s a family impacted by domestic violence,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
To the White House.
“It’ is unacceptable for men to perpetrate acts of violence against women,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
Within minutes of that videos release retailers around the region found themselves scrambling to rid their shelves and racks of anything with the now toxic number 27.
What are you going to do with all the Ray Rice stuff now?
“Unfortunately the only option is to take it to the Cockeysville dump. Because you don’t want it in a dumpster and have people diving for it, you don’t want it out on the street. It’s not something you can really donate because you don’t want children wearing it,” said Steven Baum of Greeting and Readings.
In Federal Hill owners gave away a free pizza and made a donation to the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Center, for every fan willing to get rid of their Ray Rice jersey.
“She said we were going to burn it, but like why not get a free pizza out of it. Seems like a good deal,” said Raymond Dailey, Ravens Fan.
Advocates say its a small silver lining that this controversy has drawn so much attention to domestic violence and even sparked donations to the House of Ruth.