By Arrogant Americans manager Justin C. Cliburn
The Baltimore Ravens released RB Ray Rice today, after video emerged of him knocking out his then-fiancée during a drunken argument. Here is the video:
In addition to the Ravens releasing the Super Bowl champion Rice, the NFL indefinitely suspended him from the league (citing new evidence). The NFL originally suspended Rice for two games.
I drafted Rice this year. With a two-game suspension, his value was lower and I felt it was a good risk/reward draft choice in the sixth round. I felt bad for it, but using him on my pretend football team did not mean I condoned his actions. Fantasy football is not "real." I wasn't paying him a salary. Ray Rice wasn't publicly representing the Arrogant Americans. We won the 2010 OIL Bowl championship with Michael Vick at QB, so we took a chance. Today, that chance blew up in our faces. When the video first emerged, I tried trading Rice. But I didn't know he would be cut. I assumed his suspension would be extended (perhaps to six games). I traded him to an original OIL manager and breathed a sigh of relief. But then the Ravens released Rice, and I knew what the right thing to do was. I vetoed the trade and instead outright released Rice from the Arrogant Americans roster.
I get a lot of grief about my trades. I "win" my trades more often than not. And I did here again, but gaining valuable players for a RB unlikely to play in the NFL this season was wrong. So the trade has been canceled. I hope I've retained your trust as the OIL commissioner.