Ravens release statement refuting ESPN report

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Saturday September 20th, 2014

The Ravens released a statement on Friday night refuting an ESPN report that alleged team officials nixed John Harbaugh's request to cut Ray Rice in February after seeing the video of him dragging his unconscious fiancée out of a casino elevator.

The team said the "Outside the Lines article contains numerous errors, inaccuracies, false assumptions and, perhaps, misunderstandings." They added that they plan to address the discrepancies in a press conference next week after their trip to Cleveland to play the Browns on Sunday.

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The ESPN report alleges Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome opted to keep Rice despite Harbaugh's desire to release him.

The trio also reportedly elected to ignore Harbaugh's request to release Jah Reid and Deonte Thompson after their arrests, and Bisciotti allegedly sent Rice text messages after the running back had been cut on Sept. 8 saying the team would have a job waiting for him with the Ravens once his NFL career was over.

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