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Ravens owner critical of ESPN report

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is criticizing a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

ESPN reported last week that the owner, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushed Commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency for their star running back.

Bisciotti says, “Their accusations didn’t jibe with what we know is fact.”

The owner also said, “What’s obvious is the majority of the sources work for Ray. … They are building a case for reinstatement.”

Rice was originally suspended two-games, but after a video surfaced on Sept. 8 showing the violent attack, he was released by the team and suspended indefinitely by the league.

 

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