Elite Daily- The Baltimore Ravens held a Ray Rice jersey exchange at M&T Bank Stadium this morning. Every fan who showed up with an official team jersey with the number 27 and Rice’s signage on the back was allowed to get a new replica jersey of any new Ravens player he or she wanted.
It's been a rough few months for the Baltimore faithful. It's always tough to fight your instincts when one of your own does some unjustifiable shit; Just ask Penn State fans. Truth be told, Ravens' fans have made themselves look pretty, pretty, prettttttty bad up until this point.
After the first Rice video, and the subsequent suspension, they continued to stand behind him. It seemed like every time Ray Rice was spotted in public without a lifeless female body on his arm he was given a heroes' welcome. A little bit much for someone that knocked his wife into oblivion. Beating your wife is one of those things where once is enough. For instance Josh Gordon not smoking weed for a month is a milestone accomplishment, not really the same for Ray Rice. I think we got a couple years, or decades, to go before we can judge his progress.
Anyway, Ravens fans really looked like the bane of human existence when the second video came out. The outpouring of support for Ray really came to a head even after he was cut. Rice jerseys littered the stadium and interviews of women defending Ray's actions went viral. Pretty awful look, especially when Rice was no longer a member of the organization.
Today though, I understand it all. It's not that people were backing Ray Rice, or his actions. They were simple protecting an investment. Everyone knows that feeling in the back of your head when you buy a jersey. You always think the player will spend 10 years in the franchise and retire there, only to have him be shipped out a year or two later. Fuck that. However, in most of these circumstances the player's are traded or their contracts run out. Simple sports business stuff. At least it means your team is able to receive something in return. A draft pick maybe. Possibly another player that can help your team.
Ravens fans didn't have that. With one full swing Rice stole every bit of value from the countless jersey that bear his name, without his fans receiving anything in return. A NFL jersey usually goes for around $100-$150 bucks. That's a nice chunk of change. I would pretend Ray Ray was a good guy too if it meant I could justify dropping my hard earned money on his jersey. So now, with the Baltimore Ravens holding a jersey exchange, we see what the real issue was. Fans just wanted some value for their investment, and they finally got it. Supporting a known domestic abuser was 'Hedging 101'. Plain and simple.
….Or they are really just a bunch of nut jobs, they do have a statue that more than likely represents a murder sitting outside their stadium. Fuckin' Baltimore.
Can't make this shit up….