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In response to video leaking of Ray Rice striking his wife unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of the seven-year running back.

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09rice-1-tmagSFThe Baltimore Ravens have released running back Ray Rice, the team announced on Monday afternoon. The release comes following a video of him striking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer and knocking her unconscious leaked Monday through TMZ.

Ray Rice had been serving a two-game suspension handed down earlier this year by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell has subsequently acknowledged his mistake in the face of widespread public criticism over the length of the suspension.

 The Ravens were no innocent party in this mess either. After a different video surfaced of Rice dragging his unconscious out of an elevator, the team held a disastrous press conference in which the star running back apologized to owner Steve Bisciotti, GM Ozzie Newsome, and head coach John Harbaugh…. but not his wife. In a prepared statement, Rice stated… “Failure is not getting knocked down, it’s not getting back up.” How ironic… source

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