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Ozzie Newsome on Ray Rice video: ‘It doesn’t look good’

Eric Edholm
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INDIANAPOLIS — Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome didn't mince words when he was asked about the disturbing video that appears to show running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fianceé out of a hotel elevator.

"It doesn't look good," Newsome said at the NFL scouting combine on Saturday.

Newsome added that because he has been in town early for competition committee meetings, he has not spoken to Rice directly but that head coach John Harbaugh has. Harbaugh said said he believes Rice will remain a Raven next season.

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"Coach Harbaugh has had two, maybe three conversations with [Rice]," Newsome said. "Our director of player development [O.J. Brigance], he has talked to him every day. Our director of security, Darren [Sanders], has talked to him.

"Any of those situations, it's very concerning. But without all of the facts, we will let the process take its course. John said we will let the facts determine what the consequences will be."

Newsome said the entire video, which has not been released but is believed to be in the hands of Atlantic City police, needs to be reviewed. The Ravens have received Rice's side of the story, even if Newsome has not spoken to him directly since the partial video came out. But Newsome did add that, based on what he has been told from fellow Ravens officials, he "did feel good about [Rice's] side of the story."

As for how the case pertains to the league's discipline rules, Newsome understands that the NFL could supersede the team when it comes to a possible suspension for Rice.

"As a league, we have a conduct policy, and as a member of the league, we will follow that from A to Z," Newsome said. "Up until we get to that, I mean — right now, he follows that. We will allow the league to take its position before we would have to take any."

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