BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – Many football fans were upset about Ray Rice’s reinstatement to the NFL, but fantasy football owners are taking advantage of the ruling.
A video of Rice beating his then-fiance in an Atlantic City elevator sent shock waves through the NFL and country. Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens after the video went public. In a ruling Friday, an arbitrator ruled that his suspension should be vacated immediately.
“I did not think it was right,” Kristen Hanley from Kenmore said. She disagrees with the move by the NFL regarding Rice. Football fans in Buffalo had a strong reaction to the news Ray Rice can play in the NFL again.
“It makes it seem like it wasn’t that big a deal, everyone saw the footage,” said Grant Hanley from Kenmore.
“I think there are a lot of kids who look up to these guys and when they do stuff like this and it’s all over the news; it set a bad example,” Dave Martinez said.
When it comes to fantasy football, owners seem like they don’t care about the morality of the situation. Rice is currently the number one most added player on Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football leagues with more than 200,000 adds.
“For fantasy, it’s a good risk to take,” said Martinez. “If he ends up on a team he’s obviously a good play but I won’t put him on my team.”
Lynne Shine, a mental health counselor, says although Rice winning his appeal might seem like the NFL is sending the wrong message, she believes the league has learned its lesson from its mistakes.
“I don’t think that because they let him go back. It’s saying they’re not going to come down hard the next time. I think the entire league has learned a lesson and my take is that if it happens again the NFL is likely to come down harder on the next person,” Shine told News 4.
Friday, the NFL Players Association released a statement from Rice. In it he said, “I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes.”