Baltimore Ravens announce Ray Rice jersey exchange as Nike drops endorsement

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OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses 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)
Ravens running back Ray Rice 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)
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 smiles during warm ups before their game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/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)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 17: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sits in the crowd during the the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Levi Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Maine Governor Paul LePage in his office at the State House in Augusta. LePage, who was beaten by his father when he was young and has made domestic abuse prevention and awareness a priority of his administration, wrote a scathing letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the controversial two-game suspension levied on Ray Rice after a domestic incident involving his wife at a N.J. hotel.
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By RYAN GORMAN

The purge is on as the Baltimore Ravens are now offering to exchange fans' Ray Rice jerseys and Nike has cut all ties with the running back.

In a move similar to what the New England Patriots did as the Aaron Hernandez investigation wore on last year, the team announced Tuesday that it will allow fans to exchange the released running back's jersey.
The announcement of the jersey exchange came only minutes before athletic apparel company Nike announced it has terminated an endorsement deal with Ray Rice, ESPN reported.

The moves came one day after a Baltimore pizzeria offered fans free personal pies in exchange for Ray Rice jerseys.



A bar next door to the pizza place then offered disgruntled Ray Rice fans an additional $10 bar tab, 'no questions asked."
The troubled star was released Monday by the Ravens only hours after disturbing new video of him assaulting then-fiancee Jenay Palmer in February appeared on TMZ.

The pair has since been married and Rice had only one game left in his two-game ban originally handed down in the wake of the incident. But team and league officials quickly cut ties with Ray Rice when the true nature of his brutal crime became public.

EA Sports has also announced that the star running back is also being deleted from the popular Madden '15 football video game in an upcoming software update, according to Fox Sports. The 27-year-old will not appear on the Ravens roster or as a free agent.
Further details of the Ray Rice jersey exchange have not been made public, but the offer may follow a similar track to the one offered in July 2013 by the Patriots.

The team allowed any fans with a Hernandez jersey a free exchange for any jersey of equal or lesser value at the team store within Gillette Stadium.

Thousands of people showed up to take advantage of the offer, which Patriots owner Robert Kraft later said cost his team about $250,000.

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