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It’s Nice To See So Many Ravens Fans Trading Their Ray Rice Jerseys In Today

Submitted by on September 19, 2014 – 1:11 pmNo Comment
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Earlier this month, during a Thursday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, there were a ton of Baltimore Ravens fans—specifically female Ravens fans—wearing Ray Rice jerseys during the game. And in light of what took place with Ray Rice and his then-fiancée Janay Palmer inside of an elevator in an Atlantic City, N.J. hotel and casino earlier this year, it was troubling. We couldn’t figure out why in the world so many Ravens fans were embracing Rice by wearing their Rice jerseys. The Ravens had announced that they were going to give fans a chance to trade those jerseys in. So why weren’t people keeping their jerseys at home in their closets until the trade-in date?

As it turns out, many of them were doing just that. And we’re glad. Earlier today, the Ravens started accepting Rice jerseys as part of their trade-in deal and the lines to trade in jerseys was insane. You know how most Apple stores look the night before an iPhone release? (coincidentally, the new iPhone 6 drops today) Well, that’s pretty much exactly what the line outside of M&T Bank Stadium looked like this morning. There were so many people in line waiting to trade in their Rice jerseys. It was quite a sight to see.

It’s proof that, while some Ravens fans are still supporting Rice despite what he did to his now-wife, there are also quite a few of them—the majority of them—that don’t want to have anything to do with Rice right now. So they’re giving his jerseys back to the Ravens and getting new ones. And they’re doing it, even though they have to stand in very, very, very long lines before getting the chance to trade their Rice jerseys in. It’s a good sign for the Ravens and the NFL as a whole—and it’ll be nice to see Ravens fans cheering their team in the future without wearing their Rice jerseys.

Are you glad to see so many Ravens fans giving back their Ray Rice jerseys? Let us know.

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