Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that he will stand behind running back Ray Rice, who was suspended for two games.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke out for the first time after running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games.
Rice’s suspension was for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, which stemmed from an incident where he allegedly beat his then-fiance unconscious and dragged her out of an elevator.
Harbaugh said that he will stand behind Rice through his punishment. “I stand behind Ray, he’s a heck of a guy, he’s done everything right since. He makes a mistake, he’s gonna have to pay a consequence,” the head coach said in a press conference.
Rice has stated that he is sincerely remorseful of his actions and will look to establish himself as a role model going forward.
If the running back can make good on his promise, he may be able to return to the form that made him one of the league’s most dangerous threats in the backfield. Before his forgettable 2013 season, Rice made three Pro Bowl trips.
The Ravens will move forward with Bernard Pierce as their starter for the time being though, and Justin Forsett is expected to battle for carries as well.