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You won't be seeing Ray Rice on the football field—both in reality or virtually.
Following his indefinite suspension from the NFL, the now-former Baltimore Ravens running back has also been dropped from a few of his endorsements, including one very popular video game.
Electronic Arts (otherwise known as EA, famous for sporting games like the upcoming Madden NFL 15) is among the businesses that announced on Tuesday they have cut ties with Rice following the release of a video showing the 27-year-old brutally beating his then-fiancée Janay Palmer earlier in the year.
With Ray Rice?s indefinite suspension from the NFL, he will be removed from Madden NFL 15. The roster change will take place by this Friday.? EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) September 9, 2014
As for Rice's tainted jersey, there are a variety of options on what you can do with it.
You could, of course, burn it, use it as toilet paper, use it as a wash rag, use it to wash your car or any other household chore or you could score yourself some free pizza. Hersh's Pizza in Baltimore is collecting Ray Rice jerseys and offering free pizza in return, as well as donating money to House of Ruth, a center that helps battered women and children find security.
"We've collected 40 jerseys thus far," a source at the restaurant tells E! News. "It was a pretty casual idea at first," the insider continued, noting that their trade-off will be going on all week. "Dear Lovers of Women, Not Hitting Women, Non Violence and Just Generally Being a Good Person, Come trade your Ray Rice Ravens Jersey in for a free pizza at Hersh's. These jerseys will save us money on toilet paper this week. #CutRayRice," Hersh's posted on Facebook.
If pizza's not your thing, the Ravens official Twitter account announced that they will, "offer an exchange for Ray Rice jerseys at stadium stores. Details to come."
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A statement on Barack Obama's behalf has been released discussing his view on the matter. It reads: "The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society. Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football—and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it."
In an interview with ESPN after the video footage's release, Rice said, "I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong…We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we'll continue to support each other."
He added, "I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this."
The athlete then handed the phone to his wife and she explained, "I love my husband. I support him. I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter."
—Reporting by Lindsey Caldwell