Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson, who is contemplating making a run for president in 2016, has taken sides in the controversy over the termination of Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice.

In an interview with Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show”, Carson urged viewers not to “jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy.”

Rice was indefinitely suspended from the NFL after gossip tabloid TMZ released shocking new elevator video footage showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer and callously dragging her from an elevator at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Feb. 15.


“Let’s not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy,” Carson said. “He obviously has some real problems. And his wife obviously knows that because she subsequently married him. So they both need some help.”

Carson’s remarks follow the release Monday of a TMZ video of the incident, in which Rice appears to strike his now-wife Janay Palmer twice in an elevator and knock her unconscious. The Ravens announced the team’s decision via its Twitter account.

Rice will likely keep about $25 million in salary and signing bonuses he’s already been paid by the Ravens since 2012. But he won’t get $9.5 million in salary that he would’ve received through 2016.

Judging by the way NFL players throw away their money on cars and women, Rice probably doesn’t have much of that cash left. Which means he will be in the poor house before the NFL reinstates him once the controversy blows over.

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