Ray Rice cheered in preseason opener

Though he was alleged to have assaulted his now-wife at a casino in New Jersey, the Baltimore fans offered their support to Ray Rice with a standing ovation.

Since the February incident, Rice has caught a lot of national heat but has been backed by the Ravens franchise and the community of Baltimore.

“It means the world to me," Rice told reporters after Baltimore's 23-3 preseason win against the 49ers. "Everything that I’ve been through — I don’t take it for granted, especially playing the game. I know it’s only preseason, but you know what, when you’re out there, it’s like a regular season game. And that’s how I have to approach this preseason, because I know what’s coming forward."

While no video evidence showing the alleged assault has surfaced publicly, a video given to TMZ showed Rice dragging his unconscious wife — his fianc

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