NBC Sports writer Darin Gantt points out today that the Baltimore Ravens, the team that “led the NFL in offseason arrests,” doesn’t mind a troubling image if it pays off on the field. Today the Ravens signed former Giants safety Will Hill who was recently suspended for six games for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, yet again. This on the heels of Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for actions leading to his February arrest for aggravated assault against his then-fiancee. (Gantt calls Rice a wife-beater. It’s true at least that Rice and the woman he allegedly assaulted are now married).
According to the comments responding to Gantt’s article, most Ravens fans aren’t too concerned about Will Hill’s reputation. Wittenisgod reminds Ravens fans of Ray Lewis: “They also worship a player who should have been convicted of murder.” Joeflaccoallday wrote Hill “can practice and play in preseason and be kept on the team till his suspension over.” Southpaw2k had a different reason for being blase about yet another criminal joining the Ravens roster: “seems to me he’s a body for training camp and preseason…I don’t expect Hill to make the final roster.”