These are trying times for the Baltimore Ravens, they lost on the field in their first game of the season on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Monday was a terrible day for the Ravens franchize, after all the headlines about Runningback Ray Rice during the summer, they had surely hoped that was the end of the issue.
Rice was slapped with a two game fine by the NFL after he reportedly struck his wife in an elevator in an Atlantic City hotel.
Then on Monday, the video of the incident was released online by TMZ in a moment which would have massive consequences.
Shortly after the story was published, Rice was officially released by the Ravens and then shortly after that the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.
Everyone from the Ravens organization will now be hoping that the ordeal is behind them but the Ravens players may have taken a step in the opposite direction.
Rice has been removed from the NFL forever, and despite his personal issues that led to his expulsion his former team-mates have refused to turn their backs on him.
Rice has reportedly apologized to some of his former team-mates and has promised to seek counselling and go to church in order to move on with his life.
It is also being reported, that some of the Ravens players will be seeking Rice's advise throughout the season to help the team reach the heights they want to be at.
An international blunder
When should team-mates support each other and when should they renounce any public involvement with their colleagues?
The Ravens players refusing to turn their backs on Rice is admirable, but they should be careful and do everything they can to avoid falling into the same trap as Liverpool FC.
Back in October 2011, Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez was accused and subsequently found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United Defender Patrice Evra.
Despite earning the contempt, hatred and booing of all other Premier League crowds, Suarez received the support of his team-mates and the Liverpool fans.
The Liverpool players even went as far as to wear t-shirts supporting their friend during their pre-match warm-ups before a game with Wigan Athletic.
The move is often viewed as one of the biggest blunders in Premier League history and the Ravens will need to be cautious in their dealing of the Rice situation.
I don't imagine we'll see the Ravens players with public messages of support or t-shirts etc, but they should be wary of how they handle themselves in the publicity of the incident.
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