Fans line up to exchange Ray Rice jerseys at Baltimore Ravens home stadium
Who needs to wait for the new iPhone?
Lines outside of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, rivaled any wait for Apple’s brand new toy Friday, stretching way down the sidewalk as fans lined up to exchange the jersey of disgraced running back Ray Rice.
The Ravens are taking back all officially lisenced Rice jerseys made by Nike or Reebok purchased at the team store or on the team’s official website. Your move, Minnesota Vikings.
Rice was suspended indefinitely after video surfaced of the three-time Pro Bowler knocking his wife – his fiance at the time – unconcious in an elevator of the now-defunct Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
The New Rochelle native’s well-publicized domestic violence incident kicked off a terrible stretch of off-the-field incidents for the NFL.
Shortly after Rice’s behavior came to light, 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested on child abuse charges after taking a switch to his 4-year-old son, leaving the boy with cuts and bruises.
Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy San Francisco 49ers’ Ray McDonald are also entangled in domestic violence charges.
Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer was released on bail Friday after his domestic violence arrest. Details emerged that the backup running back allegedly head-butted his wife, breaking her nose, after she denied his sexual advances.
The series of events has seemingly sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – heavily criticized for his handling of the situations – into hiding.
If this jersey-exchange program sounds familiar, the Patriots did the same thing back in July of last year after tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged in relation to a double murder.