OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti kept a low profile when running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL earlier this month. However, he was front and center following an ESPN report that suggested he, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushed Commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency for Rice.
Bisciotti criticized the report at a news conference on Monday, saying that the majority of sources work for Rice and are building a case for reinstatement.
Rice initially received a two-game suspension in July, five months after he was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. The punishment was increased to an indefinite suspension two weeks ago, after a second and more revealing videotape of the incident was released by TMZ. The Ravens released Rice the same day the second tape was released.
Bisciotti said there has been no misdirection or misinformation by the Ravens, but added that the team did not do all it should have done, and no amount of explanation can remedy that. He said the team should have worked harder to gain access to the second videotape.