Ravens GM Newsome: Rice video 'doesn't look good'

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Video released of the incident involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer -- in which she was knocked unconscious at a New Jersey casino according to a summons -- was reviewed by general manager Ozzie Newsome and most of the team's administrative staff.

"I did online just like everybody else did and it doesn't look good," Newsome said. "I'm going to reserve my thoughts. ... The whole video needs to be reviewed."

TMZ released security footage that shows Rice moving a limp Palmer out of an elevator and onto the casino floor.

Newsome said Saturday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium that coach John Harbaugh and Rice had at least three conversations and the team's security and player development personnel is engaged with Rice daily.

Newsome, who has not spoken directly with Rice, said there is another side of the story that he has not heard yet.

"I have not spoken to Ray yet. I've been here since Monday because of some competition committee meetings," Newsome said.

"In any of those situations, it's very concerning. Up until we get all of the facts, we will allow the process to run its course. John said it best yesterday, we will let the facts determine the outcome.

They have gotten his side of the story, I have not. I don't know if anybody here has had the opportunity to talk to Ray. I don't know if a different story is going to come out. The video is what it is."

Yet, Newsome said he "feels good" about Rice's side of the story after talking to Harbaugh and other staff, and he also applauded what Rice has done since the incident. Newsome said the Ravens will bow to the NFL if discipline is necessary.

"As a league, we have a conduct policy," Newsome said. "Being a member of the league, we will follow that from A to Z. Up until we get to that point, right now he falls under that personal conduct policy with the league."

Rice's Tuesday court date was postponed. Harbaugh expects Rice to be back with the team in 2014.

"The facts will determine the consequences, always," Harbaugh said Friday. "That's always the case, right? It's a process. We have to see how it goes."

But Harbaugh does not foresee it going as far as Rice losing his job with the Ravens.

"I haven't seen anything that would remotely make me think that," he said.

Harbaugh said he discussed the incident with Rice on Monday and expects the Pro Bowl running back to participate in the Ravens' voluntary workouts.

"Ray and I are real close," Harbaugh said. "We have been for a long time, so it's an easy conversation to have. I love Janay. She's a great person.

"The two people obviously have a couple issues that they have to work through, and they're both committed to doing that. That was the main takeaway for me from the conversation. They understand their own issues. They're getting a lot of counseling and those kinds of things, so I think that's really positive. That was the main takeaway."
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