Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell may be focused on the Lions upcoming match-up against the Carolina Panthers, after defeating the New York Giants on Monday. However, that doesn’t mean that coach Caldwell isn’t aware of what is going on with his former player, running back Ray Rice.
During Tuesday’s media presser, Caldwell, who was an offensive coordinator in Baltimore the last two years before being hired as head coach of the Lions, said that the Ravens made the right move by releasing Rice after the video emerged of Rice knocking out his girlfriend, who is now his wife, Janay Rice.
“I think they, obviously, had the appropriate response once they did indeed see it,” said Caldwell. “This is one of those things…I knew Ray, from a football standpoint. He’s a quality guy, worked extremely hard, but this transcends football, this is beyond football, this is in the personal realm, which is a realm that, certainly, I didn’t know.
“But nevertheless, I do think they acted appropriately, and I think John [Harbaugh] spoke last night for the team, and I think his answers probably would certainly be a lot more appropriate than mine.”
Now for those who haven’t been keeping up with story, Rice was originally suspended for the first two games of the season for the incident. However, once TMZ published video showing the NFL star knocking out his future wife with a punch back in February, the NFL quickly changed their “punishment tactics,” as they made the choice to suspend Rice from the NFL indefinitely, while the Ravens released him from his contract.
Although, the Lions haven’t had any recent domestic violence issues like the one the Ravens are dealing with right now, Caldwell made it clear that there is no place for domestic violence in the Detroit Lions organization.
“Our policy has always been the same and always will be the same in that regard,” Caldwell said. “We do have a zero-tolerance policy, and one of the things we want to make certain of is that we do things the right way. That’s key to us. How we act on and off the field, how we represent this organization, how we represent the Ford family, how we represent the National Football League. We don’t believe there’s any place for domestic violence.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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