Although there has largely appeared to be public outrage over the Ray Rice domestic abuse case, it seems some people are still very supportive of Rice and his wife Janay. Supporters in Rice’s hometown of New Rochelle are holding a rally yesterday to show their support for the shunned NFL player.
A “Night of Prayer” will be held for Rice for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Catherine AME Zion Church located at 19 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, according to a report.
The event’s organizer, Bishop Feston Leak, said that this event will be a rallying cry for Rice and his family.
“This is a night of prayer,” Leak told Talk of the Sound. “We will not be talking about the issues.”
This isn’t the first show of support for Rice, however. Although his high school had removed his jersey from any honor, the team still welcomed him to a game this past weekend. In addition, his former high school football coach, Lou DiRienzo, spoke on his behalf.
DiRienzo said Rice didn’t address the team, but added: “Ray is a part of this family. … I’m very happy he’s here today. He made a very terrible mistake. But I know the character of the man. He will rise from this. The mistake he made will be erased by the good deeds he will continue to do.”
It seems after the dust has started to settle, many people are jumping back on the Ray Rice support wagon. In fact, it has been reported that several NFL teams are interested in bringing Rice unto their rosters. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen, since Rice is service an indefinite suspension from the NFL. However, it does appear that people’s forgiving hearts are opening again rather quickly.
[h/t FOX Sports]