An Estimated 7,000 Fans Trade In Ray Rice Jerseys
More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at Baltimore’s home team officials said Saturday, the Associated Press reports.
According to team spokesman Kevin Byrne,the jerseys collected by the team will be given to companies that deal in scrap materials. After revelations that Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee out cold in an elevator, then dragged her unconscious body out, the spotlight is on the NFL over their mishandling of the incident.
Mixed feelings were expressed by those waiting in the long line.
[su_center_ad]5,595 new jerseys were handed out by the Ravens before running out by midday on Saturday. They then issued more than 2,400 vouchers for fans to pick up their jerseys once new shipments arrive in October.
Byrne said the Ravens spent “six figures” on the trade-in. He declined to disclose the exact amount which was spent.
“We anticipated over the two days getting about 5,000 people, so we got about 2,000 more,” Byrne said. “We just felt it was the right thing to do, and that’s why we did it.”
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