The source said Martindale was made aware of the situation involving Ray Rice in early July and he did not respond during that time
Ravens president Dick Cass said Saturday that Ray Rice and the Ravens have been cooperating with league investigators since the incident with Janay in June. The Ravens said in June they had decided against suspending Rice but agreed to place him on the non-football absence list and take no further action. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told reporters that there have been no further incidents involving Rice since the team made that decision.
Rice’s lawyer Stephen M. Ryan says Rice told police there was no reason to hit Janay in the fall of 2012 and suggested that Rice was only trying to hit Janay for her clothing. Rice filed an attorney-client communication to explain the police report and claim that Rice acted within the code of conduct he signed as a Ravens star player. Ryan released a statement later Thursday in which he said the legal opinion that Rice was not in direct violation of the CBA is “a total conclusion to the case, especially in light of the fact that the evidence does not support the theory that Ray struck her in the head with an open hand.” Ryan says the legal experts who examined the case “have concluded that it is a reasonable hypothesis to believe that for more than eight weeks, it is likely that Ray Rice had an interest in, or had reason indeed to believe he was participating in, a scheme to injure Janay Brady”. It appears that Janay Brady left Ray Rice a voicemail message in which she called him an idiot, and one might ask “what if… Ray Rice did not hit Janay?” How many of us knew that?
One thing is guaranteed. The legal team for Ray Rice, based both on their public statements and what we are informed is the case being vigorously pursued at the appropriate level of the law in Baltimore, will be ready for the media to be permitted to interview Ray Rice in advance of any hearing. The team has taken steps to ensure that Ray will be available to give his own statement.
It is no secret that if Ray Rice were to be found not guilty, it is likely that he and many Ravens would be happy, and that would be good for the business. There will be other possibilities (such as the idea that Ray gave advice to Janay and that she then followed it), but it seems that the legal team will, once again, go all-out. The most likely scenario is that Ray will be called to appear on Monday, where he has to answer questions from the police. We do not know what kind of words or answers Ray might say.
When it turns out that the Ray Rice situation is not simply about one or two bad apples, then we will talk about that. We will see where the investigation goes from here. But, what we do know is that Ray Rice is a character and that that character will never be compromised. Even our moral standards are not enough to condone the actions of this individual. The actions of such a person, even with a good conscience, is immoral. You cannot be a real man out of good motives, and even worse that you are a character out of spite. That is not right from the start.
That is what makes this case so disturbing. This case is not simply about Ray Rice hitting one woman. It is really about a whole system in Baltimore going on, that has to stop. The story about Ray Rice has been one where everyone was happy and everyone who had knowledge of what was going on and did nothing but try to help him. The people doing the talking had to be told and all at a point when they were more eager to help a man who has nothing to do with them. We need to talk about that.
We also need to be talking seriously about the systemic issues in Baltimore and how Ray Rice and the public and law enforcement all played in a scheme to destroy the lives of these two families. And finally, we need to talk about the effect that criminal justice system in Baltimore, the same system that Ray Rice was caught in, has on young black men. How have the courts been biased towards Ray Rice, despite his legal team working tirelessly and being able to find the legal protections necessary to protect his life?Why are Baltimore residents still waiting for all of this, and how are their lives affected?
The more we see about the Ray Rice case, the more we see that it is about many players in the NFL and the “system” in Baltimore. Whether it is Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, or Ray McDonald or Ray Rice’s friends, they are a group of people. We should never judge a system until we understand it for what it really is.