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SBD/February 24, 2014/Franchises
Ravens GM Yet To Speak With Ray Rice, But Admits Tape "Doesn't Look Good"
Published February 24, 2014
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BRAND AWARENESS: In Baltimore, Childs Walker noted Rice's sponsors "have offered a mixed reaction." Local used car dealer Carbiz Owner Evan Berney "has stood by" Rice. M&T Bank VP/Corporate Communications Phil Hosmer said the company does not "have enough information to comment right now, but we are evaluating information as it comes in to us." Baltimore-based TBC Advertising Exec VP & Managing Dir Howe Burch: "I can't think of another athlete in the area who has experienced this kind of rapid turn." Newsome said, "I will reserve all of my comments until I get a chance to talk to Ray." Burch said that he would "urge Rice to remain silent as long as his legal situation is in flux." He added, "I don't think he can do himself any favors by talking right now" (Baltimore SUN, 2/23).
TABLOID TV GETTING IT RIGHT? In Baltimore, David Zurawik asked of the release of the casino footage, "Is TMZ doing good work that deserves some of my respect and gratitude? Or are my standards getting lower?" TMZ acknowledges that it "sometimes pays for video but declined Friday to say whether it paid for the footage on Rice last week." TMZ Sports Exec Producer Evan Rosenblum said, "We consider ourselves a very serious news operation. And we vet stories thoroughly and seriously. Our reputation as reputable journalists is the most important thing." He added that TMZ got the video "because it worked the Rice story harder than anyone else." Rosenblum: "Ever since the news broke that Ray Rice was arrested in Atlantic City, we've been on top of the story. Clearly, Ray Rice is a huge star, and this is a shocking incident. We were trying to reach every single person connected to this thing, and you know how it goes in news some times: You talk to one person, who gets you to another person, and another person." Zurawik wrote, "My bottom line: Despite its journalistic sins, TMZ has become an invaluable site on the media landscape" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 2/22).