Torrey Smith offering support to Ray Rice with ongoing legal issue pending

Torrey Smith expressed support for Ray Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer. - Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Smith told the Baltimore Sun that it's not on him to judge the situation from afar.

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is taking a wait-and-see approach when it applies to teammates that were recently arrested.

As its been documented, Ray Rice was arrested for simple assault, along with fiancee Janay Palmer in New Jersey. Fellow receiver Deonte Thompson was booked for marijuana and paraphernalia possession in Florida.

As it pertains to Rice, Smith told the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec that it's better to let the situation play out before coming to a conclusion.

"It’s definitely a situation that it’s nothing to be proud of for us or for him," Smith told The Sun. "He knows that. But Janay and Ray are great friends of ours. They’re focused on trying to fix it and make things right and we’re going to support them like we have in the past.

"Who are we to judge them?  We don’t know what happened and we don’t know what they’re building on. I’ve talked to him and they are in a great space and trying to continue to grow from it. The fact that they are going on, moving on, trying to grow from it, we’re going to support them more than ever because a lot of people are going to turn their backs on them."

Smith and the Ravens are still waiting on what authorities want to do with Rice. Rice and Palmer were initially scheduled to have a court date Tuesday, but that was postponed so that a county prosecutor could review the case and assess the charges.

A few days after the arrest last week, a video obtained by TMZ showed Rice dragging Palmer out of an elevator at a casino they were both at. A court summons claimed Rice knocked Palmer unconscious and that there is video evidence to prove it.

Meanwhile, Smith spent time at Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School on Tuesday, where he helped turn a room into a literary oasis.

One of the goals of his Torrey Smith Foundation, Smith is working to improve literacy among local Baltimore area students.


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