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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is still trying to make amends for one heck of a PR flap that he made prior to the Super Bowl. During one of the media sessions he referred to the idea of playing the Super Bowl in a cold-weather climate as 'retarded.'
Flacco got ripped for using the word like he did, and righteously so. It's one of those words that many people use without thinking. Joe along with a couple of his teammates have now pledged that they will never do it again.
Flacco was joined by teammates Ed Dickson and Gino Gradkowski at the Maryland office of the Special Olympics where they signed a pledge to never use the 'R' word ever again.
@teamflacco, @ginograd56, @eddickson84 of the @ravens sign the @r_word_campaign pledge to eliminate use of r-word twitter.com/SpOlympicsMD/s…
— Special Olympics MD (@SpOlympicsMD) May 19, 2013
At this point in time I don't think that there were too many people that were still thinking about Flacco's pre-Super Bowl flap. That's what makes this gesture all the more impressive.
He didn't need to do this to make amends or anything. He did it because he is a public figure that many look up to and emulate. So rather than perpetuate the stereotype and continue to use a word that is demeaning to a growing portion of the population he took a proactive step to help bring the practice to an end.
Nice move Joe (and you too Ed and Gino). As a parent of two autistic kids myself I bristle anytime I hear someone say something derogatory about kids and people with special needs/cognitive issues. People often ask what's wrong with them. My response is always quick and firm.
Nothing. They are just different.
So yeah, the pledge means a lot.
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has signed an agreement not to use the "R" word. More specifically, Flacco has pledged not to use the word "retarded." This comes after he was grilled in February for using the term when sharing what he thought of the idea of playing a Super Bowl in New Jersey. To his credit, he quickly apologized the next day.Now, the...
During one of the many media sessions for Super Bowl 47, Ravens star quarterback Joe Flacco caught some flak after saying that the idea of playing a Super Bowl in cold weather New York was “retarded.”
Flacco would later apologize for those remarks, and then he went on to win himself and the Ravens a Super Bowl.
Flacco and two of his Ravens teammates have now signed pledges to...
No, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice did not win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, because the Preakness is a horse race, of course. However, Rice did have some fun with Photoshop and posted a picture on his Facebook account to give fans a glimpse of what the race might have looked like if he was in it.
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Ray Rice's suburban Baltimore home was burglarized late Friday, according to the Baltimore County police.The burglar made off with $2,000 and two guns.
According to the Baltimore Sun, two guns and some cash was stolen from the home of Ravens running back Ray Rice in Reisterstown, Maryland.
Cpl. Cathleen Batton, a police spokeswoman, said the break-in occurred some time between 8:30 p.m. Friday and 12:50 a.m. Saturday, and was reported to police about 1:20 a.m. Rice was not home at the time, Batton said.
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The home of Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice was burglarized over the weekend. The burglar got away with $2000 and some guns according to police.
Cpl. Cathleen Batton, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County police said the burglary happened sometime between 8:30 p.m Friday and 12:50 a.m. on Saturday.
Batton said that Rice was not at the home or in town when...
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Rice posted the above picture on his Facebook page on Sunday with the caption: “y’all catch the Preakness yesterday?”
Hilarious. His photo had over 11,000 likes and nearly two thousand shares on Facebook at the time this was posted.
If you’re wondering whether a football player can actually beat a horse in a race, I present you with this.
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Baltimore County police say the Reisterstown home of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was burglarized over the weekend, with cash and guns reported stolen.
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Baltimore Ravens Champ Ray Rice had his home burglarized over the weekend. Rice and his family were away from their Maryland home but a friend was staying there. Surveillance video shows an intruder creeping through a back window to ransack the house between 8:30 AM Friday and 12:50 Saturday morning. According to police, $2,000 and two guns were taken from the home.