From the NFL to New Rochelle the Ray Rice saga continues. Outside of Baltimore the is probably no place this is felt more than in New Rochelle, NY where Rice’s career began and where his young fans have ‘nuthin but luv’ and still remain loyal to their local legend.
New Rochelle High School, Rice’s alma mater has taken down his Baltimore Ravens jersey from its gymnasium and his picture off the wall of fame after the release of the infamous elevator tape. But despite mass scrutiny, NRHS students say ‘the scandal has not diminished their respect for the star running back, whose career took shape right here on this field not too long ago,’ according to Eyewitnesses News.
Pictures sent to Eyewitness News through Twitter show that the school has taken down Rice’s picture from its wall of fame and removed his Baltimore Ravens jersey as well.
And in a letter sent to parents Thursday, the principal wrote about Rice, “We condemn his actions and know that solving problems with physical violence is never acceptable.”
The school system itself also sent a letter to parents, acknowledging the community’s close ties to the Rice family, but also saying, “Our community stands united in the belief that physical violence to settle differences cannot be condoned.”
Meanwhile, the removal of Rice’s picture and jersey did not sit well with the students Eyewitness News spoke to Thursday. Clearly, they’re still fans.
Officials at New Rochelle High School also announced in that letter that the school’s upcoming human rights week this year will focus on domestic violence and women’s issues.