Parents transform Ray Rice jersey to read 'Be Nice To Girls'

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Parents Transform Ray Rice Jersey to Read 'Be Nice To Girls'

The Baltimore Ravens have cut running back Ray Rice from the team, but the football season continues, as will this controversy. And one place you can see it all embodied: the wearing, or not wearing, of Rice's jersey.

Some have thrown them in the trash, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. Others have even set their jerseys on fire.

But Bryan and Angie Bartlett, for example, wanted to take a less destructive route when it came to their 6-year-old daughter Brynn's jersey.

Bryan explained to ABC, "I had this idea. It was a little bit more positive." His idea was simple: why not change "Rice" to "Nice"?

Bryan added a few more letters to Brynn's jersey, so it now reads, "Be Nice to Girls."

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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Fans stand outside of M&T Bank Stadium before the game between Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 11, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Janay Rice, wife of Ravens running back Ray Rice, made a statement to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, and his wife Janay made statements to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens looks over his notes while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ray Rice with his gal Janay Palmer (left) and his mother Janet Rice on right at The Star Galla for Strengthen Teach and Reach Out to Youth and Family Service of Westchester honoring Mara and Brandon Steiner at the Glen Island Harbor Club in New Rochelle, NY (Photo By: John Roca/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Baltimore Ravens assistant director of public relations Patrick M. Gleason holds the door as running back Ray Rice enter a news conference followed by his wife Janay Rice and Ravens team President Dick Cass at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens gets a hug from his wife Janay and father in law Joe Palmer following a news conference at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens gets a hug from his wife Janay and father in law Joe Palmer following a news conference at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Bartletts wanted to make this a teachable moment. Bryan told NBC, "I was just hopefully teaching my daughter that we expect that guys always are nice to you and treat you with respect and that you don't put up with anybody being mean or hitting you or anything like that ever."

The image of Brynn wearing the improved jersey has gone viral. WABC says it inspired a mom to create her own "Be Nice to Girls" jersey for her 2-year-old son.

But still another route: some are wearing the jerseys in support of Rice. Several female fans told USA Today Rice's personal life should not have been a factor in his professional life.

Various other reasons given to the New York Daily News -- that wearing the jersey is a statement against domestic violence, or that it's in protest of a punishment some consider too harsh. One Baltimore pizza joint even offered customers to pay for their pizza with Rice jerseys.

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