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NFLPA executive director says teams have blackballed Ray Rice

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It seems like no matter how hard anyone tries, the Ray Rice situation just won't go away and until he retires or finds a new team, it seems unlikely to dissipate any time soon.

Rice famously missed last season after being suspended indefinitely by the league by and released by the Baltimore Ravens just hours after a controversial video emerged.

The video showed Rice assault his then fiancee in an elevator in a casino in Atlantic City and Rice has certainly paid the price for it.

Rice has since been re-instated by the league and the domestic violence charges against him have been dropped after he completed a pretrial intervention program.

Despite all of this, Rice has yet to receive an offer from even a single team despite several teams being in desperate need of a runningback.

Everyone has an opinion on the Rice situation and it appears that all NFL general managers feel the same way.

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has his own feelings on Rice's current situation.

"I find it hard to believe that a player of Mr. Rice’s caliber hasn’t at least gotten one offer from a team to come work out.” - Smith on Rice's re-employment chances

Smith believes that teams have blackballed Rice given the bad reputation that he would come with to any new team.

It is hard to blame teams for possibly not wanting to bring Rice to their team given his high profile status but Smith clearly doesn't view it that way.

"This, unfortunately, is a league that has a history of blackballing players,” 

Perhaps the term blackballing is incorrect however given that there is very concrete evidence of Rice's guilt.


Rice could still have a role left to play in the NFL but it will take a team to be as bold as possible to sign him up.

Several big name teams are in need of a strong runningback right now with the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals both viewed as possible teams interested.

Despite reaching the play-offs last year, both teams have large question marks over the runningback position and only time will tell what they do about it.

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