In light of the recent, unsurprising events, surrounding Ray Rice's decision to abuse his fiancé, he has been cut from the team. Good riddance. I am proud of the Baltimore Ravens for (finally) holding him accountable for his actions. I will not spend this post echoing what has already been covered in the media, but I will say that there should be a no tolerance policy for domestic violence and I hope the NFL does not allow Rice to rejoin the league.
That being said, if you're like me, you have the misfortune of now having a worthless and disgraceful Ray Rice jersey. Fortunately, in an effort to rid the streets of Ray Rice jerseys, and more importantly support standing up against domestic violence, local businesses are offering specials when you hand over your Ray Rice jersey. In my opinion, it's not so much about what you're getting, but that you're supporting a business with some pretty solid values.
This pizza place on Light St. in Federal Hill is offering a free slice of pizza to patrons who turn in their Rice jerseys. They've also committed to donating $2.70 to House of Ruth Maryland, a domestic violence charity, for each jersey they collect. They posted this update on their Facebook page:
"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.
Great pizza and respectable values? Sign me up.
No Idea Tavern
No Idea Tavern, also located in Federal Hill, will give you a free $10 bar tab in exchange for the jersey. They tweeted shortly after the video was released this morning:
"Anyone who surrenders their Ray Rice jerseys at the bar will receive a $10 bar tab. No. Questions. Asked." - @Noideatavern
Baltimore Ravens Stadium Stores
The Baltimore Ravens posted from their Twitter account that they will allow fans to exchange their Rice jerseys. Details have not yet been provided.
The list of business offering trades for the disgusting legacy of Ray Rice is growing, so keep an eye out for future deals.
In the mean time, visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to learn more about how to recognize and report signs of domestic violence, and consider making a donation to the organization--it will surely be a better use of your money than that Ray Rice jersey.