OWINGS MILLS, MD. -- At the annual State of The Ravens press conference, team officials were very candid. In speaking about the lasting effects of the domestic abuse charges against star running back Ray Rice, they mentioned changes in how new players would be seleceted.
According to general manager Ozzie Newsome, evaluation of prospective players will be critical if they have a history of domestic violence. "Someone who has domestic abuse in their background, it's going to be tough for them to be considered a Raven," Newsome said Tuesday in the annual State of the Ravens news conference.
The yearlong Ray Rice scandal and multiple arrests within the Baltimore Ravens organization weighed on owner Steve Bisciotti more than any other season.
It was so tumultuous that Bisciotti joked about being on "suicide watch."
"It was my worst year as an owner," Bisciotti said Tuesday at the annual State of the Ravens news conference. "I had 14 good years, and then I had an absolute crappy year."
Last year, Rice's domestic violence incident dominated national news. Team officials supported Rice for months last offseason before abruptly cutting the running back in September after a video of him hitting his future wife was released publicly.