Ray Rice’s former college, Rutgers University, has begun to distance itself from the disgraced running back. You would think it would be solely because of his deplorable actions towards his then-fiancee seven months ago, but that’s not entirely it.
Rutgers has decided to remove Rice from its video montages. Rather than just saying they do not wish to associate with Rice, they offered this strange reasoning, per NJ.com:
According to school officials, Rice will be removed from the video starting with this Saturday’s game against Penn State and beyond because Rice is “not currently a player” on an NFL roster.
Rice’s inactive status prompted the removal of the football program’s all-time leading rusher from the “Knights in the NFL” video. Rutgers, on its official ScarletKnights.com website, also removed Rice as one of its 18 players currently in the NFL.
Rutgers athletics spokesperson Tom Luicci declined to speak specifically to the Rice situation, but said the ‘Knights in the NFL’ video is “updated every week” and “inactive players are removed weekly because they’re no longer in the NFL.”
There’s no need to be politically correct here, Rutgers. Don’t become guilty by association. Just say it.