The other night after the Ravens beat the Steelers, Baltimore running back Ray Rice walked off the field with the “terrible towel” on his head.
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley warned Rice on Twitter to not disrespect the towel.
Rice has come out and made it clear that he never meant to disrespect the towel.
“I actually asked a fan to trade like I’ve been trading jerseys with guys at the end of the game,” Rice said, per the Baltimore Sun. “So, I didn’t stomp it or do anything wrong. I actually walked out with it and I think I’m going to save it and put it in my basement to cherish the rivalry. It’s not like you get out there and do derogatory stuff and spit, no none of that stuff. If you think about it, where I’m at in my career, you cherish these rivalries, cherish the moments.
“I apologize to those who saw it as disrespectful. For me, I thought it was a pretty cool gesture, exchanging my gloves with a fan and walking out with it. Obviously, getting a victory there was cool and I leave it in the past. Their fans are great, the organization is great and the rivalry is always going to continue to be great. To have something in your basement to know what the rivalry is all about is pretty cool I’ve been exchanging jerseys with guys. My basement is geting pretty colorful down there with other teams’ stuff. [Having the towel was] not maliciously, just more out of respect.”
It didn’t look like Rice was trying to disrespect the “terrible towel” the other night, but you never know. Now we know that he didn’t mean any harm.