What was the difference between Steve Bisciotti’s press conference on Monday afternoon and Roger Goodell’s on Friday?
The Baltimore Ravens owner had to appear calm. After all, he was essentially calling two very respected writers, one of which is a Pulitzer Prize winner, liars by disputing nearly all of the evidence in the ESPN Outside The Line’s report.
A few minutes prior to Bisciotti’s Q&A with the media, the Ravens issued a lengthy statement that addressed the OTL story point by point with quotes from the Ravens owner, GM Ozzie Newsome, Director of Security Darren Sanders, President Dick Cass and head coach John Harbaugh. A few reporters asked questions during the press conference and were told to refer to the statement — they pointed out the Ravens handed it to them just before Bisciotti began answering questions.
One of the most notable quotes from the piece discussed Ray Rice‘s account of the events that night:
Steve Bisciotti (Ravens Owner): “As I stated in our letter to you on September 9, we did not do all we should have done, and no amount of explanation can remedy that. But there has been no misdirection or misinformation by the Ravens. We have stated what we knew and what we thought throughout – from the original report of the incident, to the release of the first videotape, to the release of the second videotape, which revealed a much harsher reality. As we said in our response to ESPN’s questions on Friday, it was our understanding based on Ray's account that in the course of a physical altercation between the two of them he slapped Janay with an open hand, and that she hit her head against the elevator rail or wall as she fell to the ground.”
The Ravens cut Rice after video showed that he didn’t slap his fiancee, he punched her. Had he hit her with an open hand, would the Ravens have been okay with keeping him on the roster?