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Bisciotti’s Tasteless Press Conference Fails to Deliver Answers

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti addresses the controversy surrounding former running back Ray Rice at an NFL football news conference, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti addresses the controversy surrounding former running back Ray Rice at an NFL football news conference, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

(USA Today) – Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti’s anger and indignation are sadly misplaced.

Bisciotti spent 45 minutes Monday criticizing an ESPN story that questioned the Ravens’ handling of Ray Rice’s arrest, growing testy at the idea that anyone would dare impugn his or his team’s integrity. Maybe if he’d have been as concerned about his star running back using his wife as a punching bag, no one would need to say a word.

But he wasn’t. As Bisciotti himself acknowledged when asked why the Ravens never saw that horrible tape of Ray Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious in a casino elevator, “I wasn’t concerned or interested enough to demand it. It never even crossed my mind.”

Given everything else Bisciotti said, that’s no surprise. As pointless and condescending as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s news conference was on Friday, he at least had the good sense to not blame victims or make jokes about the situation.

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