Thursday night might have been the most emotional victory in Ravens franchise history. Baltimore crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-6 on national TV after a week of headlines and scandals surrounding news of Ray Rice‘s domestic abuse of his wife in February.

After the victory, the message in the Ravens locker room was clear — the team was dedicating this victory to Rice.

Elvis Dumervil took it one step further, telling CSN Baltimore’s Brent Harris “This one’s for Ray.

The Ravens comments are flat out embarrassing. They didn’t lose Rice to some horrible injury or tragic event out of his control. He knocked his fiancee unconscious in an elevator at a casino. They’re trying to make him sound like some sort of fallen hero.

The worst is part is, the story of this Ravens victory didn’t even have to feature Rice’s name. For the next ten days, the talking heads could have discussed the leadership John Harbaugh showed in helping his team avoid the distraction of the Rice news and stick to the job at hand. Baltimore could have been credited with moving on from this event and focusing on winning football games.

Instead, the Ravens continue to play the role of the villain by standing by a guy who beat up his wife. Now it seems like the entire team doesn’t comprehend the severity of what Rice did.