Ray Rice takes stand on fan-on-fan violence

A Yankees fan remains in critical condition after two Orioles fans at Camden Yards sucker-punched him last week. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice heard the news and it didn’t sit well with him. He unleashed a rant where anyone else would, on Facebook:

These reports about the guy who is fighting for his life because of wearing a yankees hat are really bothering me. There is NO excuse, EVER for hitting someone for their beliefs, the color of their skin, their differences, and certainly not for what they WEAR.

Would I rather have M&T Bank dressed in all purple during games? Of course! But if a fan dressed in a ‘Fins jersey at a Ravens/Steelers game was there, nobody should punch him in the face SMH.

Look, as a football player we are part of a specific football team but then of something bigger as well…the NFL, a brotherhood of other players. Same thing with baseball fans…be a fan of your specific team, but be a part of something bigger…a brotherhood of being fans of the sport of baseball! ENJOY the rivalries, enjoy the game!

Root for or against a team RESPECTFULLY. THERE IS NO REASON THIS GUY SHOULD BE FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE OVER A HAT. I love my O’s but being from New York, I have worn a Yankees hat before…so what are you gonna do?? Try to kill me?? Disgusted at this nonsense.

Matt Fortese, who was attending the Nationals-Orioles game with a date, was wearing a Yankees hat. The Orioles fans began to heckle him, and then allegedly threw beer on Fortese and his date. When Fortese confronted the fans, he was punched in the head and fell over a railing onto concrete five feet below. He suffered a skull fracture and head trauma, according to the police report.

Gregory Fleischman and Gregory Bell have been charged in the attack and were released on $50,000 bail last week.

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