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Ravens fans give Ray Rice standing ovation during practice

Ravens fans give Ray Rice standing ovation during practice Photo: AP Photo

Baltimore Ravens fans gave running back Ray Rice a standing ovation as he jogged onto the field during training camp practice on Monday, according to the team's website

Rice acknowledged the cheering fans by pointing to the crowd. 

Rice was seen on video in February dragging his then-fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino elevator.  He was charged with third-degree aggravated assault after Janay Palmer, whom he later married, was left unconscious following the incident. Rice agreed to enter into a diversion program to avoid a jail sentence.

MoreLenient penalty for Ray Rice troubling proof of where NFL's priorities lie​

The NFL suspended Rice for two games without pay due to the incident, sparking debate as to whether the punishment was too lenient. 

Why did the NFL let Ray Rice off easy for assault?

On Thursday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated writer Ben Reiter and the MMQB contributor Andrew Brandt discuss the slap on the wrist Ray Rice received from the NFL and how a team responds when a star player gets suspended.

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