Rice, the former Ravens star running back, has a close relationship with Watson. The two are currently partnering together for charity events and helping feed the less fortunate.
During a recent interview in New York, Rice had a stern message regarding the media’s treatment of the Texans’ Pro Bowl quarterback.
Ray Rice is angry with the media’s coverage of Deshaun Watson
Ray Rice is firmly in Deshaun Watson’s corner.
During an appearance on WFAN’s Carton and Roberts, Rice shared his frustrations with the media. Rice, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, openly criticized the press for spending hours covering the trade rumors surrounding Watson, but didn’t write anything about a recent charity event.
According to Radio.com, Rice and Watson partnered to donate meals to 10,000 people in Baltimore. Rice then pointed out how the story went unreported among major outlets despite it involving Watson, the Houston Texans’ star quarterback.
“I know the media has a job to do, and you respect what comes with the territory, but we know this isn’t a big story because it’s not controversial. When an athlete does right by his community and you feed 10,000 people, let’s start sharing those stories. Deshaun, here’s a young guy everyone is talking about on the field, and in his private life, he wants to be part of helping communities out.”
Rice, Watson, and their foundations have done other food giveaway events lately. The duo has helped those in Atlanta, Orlando, and Miami, among other locations.
Rice pointed out the hypocrisy between Watson and J.J. Watt
The Houston Texans are starting over, one major piece at a time.
After trading All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins last spring, the Texans parted ways with legendary defensive lineman J.J. Watt earlier this month. Houston also fired head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien midway through the 2020 season.
During his interview with WFAN, Rice pointed out that the team cut Watt, who is white, so he could pick his next team. Yet, the Texans haven’t done anything with Deshaun Watson, who is Black.
“To look from the outside looking in, J.J. Watt asked for a trade. They peacefully let him go,” Rice said. “Deshaun Watson’s unhappy; it just seems like [there isn’t any] movement there. You know the guy’s unhappy.”
Texans general manager Nick Caserio has reiterated multiple times that he expects Watson to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2021.
Ray Rice just wants to see Deshaun Watson happy
The only stake that Ray Rice has in Deshaun Watson’s situation is their personal relationship.
Rice, who is from New York and played at Rutgers, doesn’t care if Watson winds up with the Jets. The ex-Ravens star didn’t mention wanting to see a swap involving Watson and Lamar Jackson.
In Rice’s ideal world, the Texans will finally give Watson what he wants and simply trade him to another team.
“Man, he’s just a good guy. As a fan, you want to root for a guy like that. You know his story, and he’s salt of the Earth,” Rice said of Watson. “He happens to be a leader, a quarterback in the NFL, but you can’t help but root for that guy.”