Running back Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL yesterday, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star knocking out his future wife with a punch in February.
The news release from the Ravens was terse.
“The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon,” it read.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday night that the team had not seen the video before it was released online by TMZ.
“It was something we saw for the first time today, all of us. It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different,” he said.
Harbaugh said he and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome called Rice to inform him of the decision. He declined to discuss what Rice said or how he reacted.
“I have nothing but hope and goodwill for Ray and Janay (now his wife),” Harbaugh added. “And we’ll do whatever we can going forward to help them as they go forward and try to make the best of it.”
Shortly after the team’s announcement, the league said the three-time Pro Bowl selection was suspended indefinitely.
The Canadian Football League said Monday night Rice is ineligible to play in the CFL while he is suspended by the NFL.