|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti blames ESPN, Ray Rice’s camp for biased report||09.23.14 at 7:55 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Flyers at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Real Esteli at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Alpha United at Portland, 10 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti broke his silence Monday and accused ESPN of biased reporting in its scathing piece that accused the team of influencing New Jersey authorities and the NFL in regard to Ray Rice‘s domestic violence incident.
In a statement to fans before the press conference, Bisciotti admitted the team “did not do all we should have done,” but he assured that “there has been no misdirection or misinformation by the Ravens.”
Bisciotti also placed blame on Rice’s camp for attempting to spin the story to the player’s benefit. He insisted the team expected a suspension of more than two games after the initial report of Rice knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator on Feb. 15.
“The accusations didn’t jibe with what we know is fact,” Bisciotti told the press, denying his organization pushed for leniency for Rice. “I don’t think the league would take too kindly to us badgering them. I didn’t really care. If it was going to be a precedent-setting [suspension of] four or six games, I would have told Ray not to appeal it.
“I expected four or six games, and I was surprised as everybody else that it was two.”
MASHUP POLL: Do you believe Steve Bisciotti that the Ravens did not attempt to influence New Jersey authorities nor the NFL?
- No, there's enough evidence to show that the Ravens intervened (65%, 138 Votes)
- Yes, Bisciotti is correct that the report was biased (35%, 75 Votes)
Total Voters: 213
Bisciotti, who took ownership of the team 14 years ago and rarely meets with the media, said this is the biggest crisis he’s faced as owner.
“When your integrity is being questioned, it’s pretty humbling,” he said. “Last week it was our competence being questioned. Now it’s our integrity.”
Bisciotti acknowledged the team “failed” by not looking at the second videotape, which shows Rice’s knockout punch, and he promised to learn from the mistakes.
“The question is, What are we going to do next year as a team, and what is the league going to do next year or the next time this happens?” he said. “I would lose faith in the league if this happened next year and their response is unsatisfactory. If I’m asking people to give me another shot, then I certainly would ask you to give the league office another shot.”
— Former Patriots fan favorite Danny Woodhead‘s season is over, as the Chargers running back broke his lower right leg in the first drive of Sunday’s win over the Bills when he was hit by defensive tackle Kyle Williams in the ankle.
“He means a lot to the organization,” coach Mike McCoy said Monday. “His love for the game, the way he plays, his love for his teammates, the way he practices, great to be around. He’s one of the first guys in the building. He only knows how to do it one way. He’s a true professional. We’re going to miss him, but we’ve got to move on.”
|Joe Flacco tells David Letterman ‘the time has come’ for Ravens to pay him his worth||02.05.13 at 9:15 am ET|
Joe Flacco appeared on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday night, a day after the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco, who earned Super Bowl MVP honors, talked with Letterman about his upcoming free agency.
Letterman asked Flacco if he had talked with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti about a new contract.
“Well, you know, actually, I only talked to him a little bit before this game, but before the New England game, you know, he just came came up to me and said, ‘Listen, this is our time, and go get ‘em. We have all the faith in you, and this is going to be your team for a long time,’ ” Flacco said.
Flacco has led the Ravens to the postseason in all five of his NFL seasons. This was by far his best postseason, setting career highs in completions (73), passing yards (1,140), touchdown passes (11), and quarterback rating (117.2). He threw 11 touchdown passes with no interceptions.
Flacco said he turned down an extension offer from the team last July.
“Well … when I wasn’t signing what they wanted me to sign, [Bisciotti] said, ‘Listen, when the time comes, I mean, you come and beat on my desk,’ and I said, ‘All right, I’ll take you up on that,’ and I think the time has come.”
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