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Caldwell Addresses Rice Situation, Says Lions Have Zero Tolerance For Domestic Violence

By Ashley Dunkak

ALLEN PARK (CBS DETROIT) - Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell - who served as the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator before coming to Detroit - said the Ravens made the right move by releasing running back Ray Rice after video emerged of Rice knocking out the woman who is now his wife.

"They obviously had the appropriate response once they did indeed see it," Caldwell said. "This is one of those things, I knew Ray from a football standpoint, he's a quality guy, worked extremely hard, but this transcends football, this is beyond football, this is in a personal realm, which is a realm that certainly I didn't know.

"But nevertheless," Caldwell continued. "I do they think they acted appropriately, and I think [Ravens coach] John [Harbaugh] spoke last night for the team, and I think his answers probably would certainly be a lot more appropriate than mine."

As far as how the Lions would deal with a player who committed an act of domestic violence, Caldwell implied the player would be released.

"Our policy has always been the same and always will be the same in that regard - we do have a zero-tolerance policy," Caldwell said.  "One of the things that we want to make certain of is that we do things the right way, and it's key to us how we act on and off the field, how we represent this organization, how we represent the Ford family, how we represent the National Football League, and we don't believe there's any place for domestic violence."

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