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Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he and decision makers at the NFL team did not take long to decide to fire Ray Rice after a shocking video of him committing domestic abuse was posted online Monday by TMZ Sports.
Harbaugh told reporters he and team-owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome had not seen the video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer until Monday, because it had not been made available to them.
“After seeing the video this morning, we had a chance to get together with Steve, Dick, Ozzie and myself,” Harbaugh said during a press conference, as reported by NBC Sports. “We had a meeting — it was not a long meeting — and we came to the decision that we came to, to release Ray.”
Harbaugh said he wished the best for Rice and Palmer, who is now Rice’s wife, and that he believes the running back still has the potential to make positive change in his life.
The decision to fire Rice has been widely applauded.
Before being fired from the team, Rice had been suspended for two games in July as punishment for the February incident shown on the video, which captured him punching Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino.
The Ravens and the NFL had previously come under fire from critics saying that the two-game suspension was too lax a punishment.
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Jamie Lee Curtis
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