Thousands of Ravens Fans Line Up to Trade In Their Ray Rice Jerseys
Thousands of Baltimore Ravens fans are streaming into M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, to exchange their Ray Rice No. 27 jerseys, the team’s former running back who the NFL indefinitely suspended after TMZ leaked video footage of Rice knocking out his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator. The incident has since sparked a national conversation about domestic violence.
The Ravens invited fans to visit the team’s home stadium between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday if they want to swap their Rice jerseys for another player’s jersey. A league representative will be on hand to verify that the exchanged jerseys are authentic, though fans can only exchange one jersey per person.
Fans can exchange the Rice jerseys for any other player’s. If a requested jersey is out of stock, the fan will receive a voucher that can be exchanged for the particular jersey once it is back on shelves.
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This has been the most high-profile case of domestic abuse in the NFL over the past few weeks, but it’s far from the only one.
The Minnesota Vikings suspended star running back Adrian Peterson after his four-year-old son was found with bruises and cuts that allegedly resulted from Peterson punishing the boy with a stick.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 7.
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Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested earlier this week after he allegedly head-butted his wife and broke her nose when she declined to have sex with him this past July. He was placed on the team’s reserve non-football injury list, which means he will likely not play another game this season.
In the meantime, Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers and Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers are dealing with domestic violence issues of their own.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has remained mum about domestic violence in the league, despite the fact it has been a topic of intense discussion for weeks. Many have questioned his future as commissioner; he is expected to finally address these issues during a press conference in New York at 3 p.m. ET on Friday.
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