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Ray Rice Jersey Swap 'Overwhelms' Ravens

Exchange costs team 'six figures,' spokesman says
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2014 1:50 PM CDT
Updated Sep 21, 2014 3:20 PM CDT
Ravens 'Overwhelmed' by Ray Rice Jersey Swap
A worker folds up a former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice jersey that a fan traded in, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – The Baltimore Ravens apparently underestimated the anger level among fans. Allowed to turn in Ray Rice jerseys this weekend, over 7,000 people showed up at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to exchange jerseys bearing the name of the running back who knocked out his then-fiancee in an elevator, CNN Money reports. Fans turned in 5,595 jerseys, at which point supplies ran out and 2,400 people received vouchers to pick up jerseys down the road. The exchange cost "six figures," says a Ravens spokesman. So which jerseys were popular replacements? Quarterback Joe Flacco's and wide receiver Torrey Smith's topped the list, the AP reports. (The Ravens knew about Ray Rice's assault on his wife hours after it happened.)

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