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Baltimore Ravens Owner: ‘We All Failed’

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Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti continued his public contrition Wednesday when he said that team leadership had “failed” in their investigation into Ray Rice’s attack on then fiancée Janay Palmer.

“We all failed. I was kept abreast of every little thing that we were doing here,” Bisciotti told the Baltimore Sun.

Ravens leadership has claimed that the team followed league protocol when they decided to keep Rice on following a police report detailing the attack, which occurred in February. Rice was only cut from the team this week after a troubling video emerged of him punching his now wife unconscious.

Executives like Ravens president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome have insisted that no one from the team saw that video until it was released by TMZ on Monday. NFL leadership also claims it had not viewed the video prior to Monday, though an Associated Press report on Wednesday claimed to refute that claim. Sources told AP that someone within the organization had seen the video in April.

On Wednesday, Bisciotti called the video “disgusting” and “shocking.”

“There’s a big difference between reading a report that says he knocked her unconscious or being told that someone had slapped someone and that she had hit her head. That is one version of the facts. That’s what we understood to be the case,” Cass told the Sun. “When you see the video, it just looks very different than what we understood the facts to be.”

[Baltimore Sun]

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