WMass showing mixed reactions to Rice suppporters

22News asked people in Western Massachusetts what they think

Racquel Bailey wears a Ray Rice jersey as she tailgates before the Baltimore Ravens' NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended from the NFL, but some fans are still wearing his jersey. Many of the people seen wearing his jersey at last night’s Ravens/Steelers game were women.

On 22News at 5 Friday morning, we brought you interviews from women who are Baltimore Ravens fans. They’re also still fans of Ray Rice, despite his indefinite suspension from the NFL.

Rice was caught on video punching his then-fiancé unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator. One Ravens fan said that because Janay Palmer hit Rice first, he had every right to defend himself.

22News asked people in Western Massachusetts what they think.

Isobel Barry, South Hadley told 22News, “If someone hits you, you definitely have the right to defend yourself. But there’s also the fact that he’s much more powerful than she was. It’s the dynamics of force. You’ve got to adjust yourself.”

Hollee Howden said, “I’m surprised that women find that that kind of behavior acceptable. Whether it’s she hitting him, or he hitting her.”

The video sparked outrage among fans, and the questions surrounding who saw that video and when they did are now the subject of an investigation.

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