*Would you believe there’s yet MORE drama in the Ray Rice saga?
On Friday, an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report claimed the Baltimore Ravens employed “a pattern of misinformation and misdirection” in handling the case after Rice was videotaped striking his now-wife Janay in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February.
What does that mean? The primary allegation is that top Ravens officials knew of the existence of the infamous punch videotape months before it was ever made public by TMZ, then worked to ensure a minimal punishment for the team’s starting running back.
The report, which says it spoke to 20 sources within the team and the NFL, is lengthy and worth reading on your own. The NFL declined to comment on it.
The Ravens are disputing the assertions. Some of their comments are included in the OTL story. Later Friday, the team released a statement stopping short of a full denial but claiming inaccuracies:
“The ESPN.com ‘Outside the Lines’ article contains numerous errors, inaccuracies, false assumptions and, perhaps, misunderstandings,” the statement read. “The Ravens will address all of these next week in Baltimore after our trip to Cleveland for Sunday’s game against the Browns.”
You can get the rest of this story at Fox Sports.
Watch ESPN’s report on the Ravens and NFL mishandling of Ray Rice elevator information:
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