Ray Rice and his wife Janay are fully aware of the Ray Rice costumes that have been surfacing this Halloween -- and they're telling friends they're simply praying for the people mocking them.
You've seen the pics -- people dressed up as Ray dragging around an inflatable Janay in an effort to lampoon the infamous elevator attack.
We've spoken with friends and family members close to Ray and Janay who tell us ... the couple is dealing with the unwanted attention by turning to religion.
One source tells us Ray and Janay have said they are "praying for those people."
As we previously reported, Ray and Janay have been extremely involved with their church since the incident ... and were both baptized in March when they decided to become born again Christians.
We're also told Ray and Janay are still committed to the marriage -- and have vowed to maintain their family and rebuild their lives together.
AFI's Davey Havok
Ray Rice Costume Not Clever
... But There's A Way to Save It
10/26/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Now, THIS is interesting ...
AFI singer Davey Havoc tells TMZ Sports the Ray Rice Halloween costume that went viral is neither clever nor funny ... but there IS a way to save it.
You gotta listen to Davey's idea -- it's definitely clever ... and if executed correctly, could make a very anti-domestic violence statement.
Less than a week for Halloween -- if you still need a costume, this could be the way to go.
BLASTS RAY RICE COSTUME
'Those People Are Repulsive'
10/22/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rose McGowan is not amused by the guy who decided to dress up as Ray Rice for Halloween -- telling TMZ Sports anyone who tries to mock that situation is downright "repulsive."
The actress was leaving the Arclight theater in Hollywood on Tuesday when we asked about the photo burning up the Internet -- featuring a man dressed as Rice carrying around a blowup doll that's supposed to be Janay Palmer.
The pic first surfaced on Reddit this month -- along with the caption, "Ladies were falling for my friend's Ray Rice costume."
Of course, Rose isn't the only star who's pissed about the situation -- but the question remains ... will the public outrage actually detour people from dressing up as Rice for Halloween??? We'll see ...
'Law & Order: SVU'
Sports Scandal Mashup
Darren Sharper Meets Ray Rice
10/1/2014 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Darren Sharper alleged rape scandal is getting the TV treatment -- with a little Ray Rice mixed in -- because "Law & Order: SVU" is ripping both headlines for a sports scandal themed episode.
The episode -- which airs tonight -- features a major sports star accused of drugging and raping multiple women ... a la the accusations levied against former NFL star Darren Sharper.
Clearly, they are changing the names of the characters ... but it's clear, producers are using the Sharper case as the basis for the ep.
But here's where it gets bizarre ... producers are heavily promoting a controversial "elevator scandal" involving the sports hero ... which seems like a obvious take from the Ray Rice situation.
Only in the preview clip for the episode, a woman is attacking the sports star ... the reverse of what happened in real life with Ray.
"SVU" hasn't shied away from celebrity scandals in the past -- airing episodes based off Chris Brown, Casey Anthony and Paula Deen.
NFL Star Torrey Smith
Best Wedding Crasher Ever
... Says Bride
9/30/2014 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Finally, a GOOD story out of Baltimore ... where a Ravens superfan got the thrill of a lifetime on her wedding day ... all thanks to Torrey Smith.
The Ravens wide receiver was chillin' at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore Saturday when a couple -- ABOUT TO GET MARRIED -- noticed him going up the escalator.
We spoke to the bride, Courtney, who tells us she's a DIE-HARD Ravens fans who immediately noticed Smith "the second I saw those big pearly whites" ... and flagged him down.
Courtney says Smith couldn't have been nicer -- and he and his wife came back down the escalator to take pics with the about-to-be-married couple.
"They were a super awesome couple, took the time to talk to us, and wish us both well," Courtney says.
But that's not all ... 'cause after the photo sesh, Torrey and his wife went back to their room -- which happened to overlook the ceremony -- and took pics which they tweeted and Instagramed to the newlyweds.
"They put the cherry on top to an already perfect day."
I'm Boycotting the NFL
Scandals 'Turned Me Off'
9/30/2014 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Supermodel Tyson Beckford says he's done with the NFL ... at least for now ... saying he doesn't feel good about supporting the league after all of the recent scandals.
The face of Ralph Lauren arrived at LAX Monday when he explained why he's kicked his Sunday habit.
"I don't even watch football no more," Tyson said ... "Seriously, I stopped watching ... it really turned me off."
Tyson says he hasn't watched one single NFL game this season -- and doesn't plan to anytime soon.
He also explains why he feels the shady actions of the NFL screwed over Ray Rice and his wife.
Check out the clip.
I Won't Hire Ray Rice
On My Arena Football Team
9/26/2014 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson wondering if they'll ever play pro football again, one owner is taking a stand ... Gene Simmons ... who says he'd NEVER hire either one of 'em on his arena team.
Of course, Simmons is one of the owners of the L.A. Kiss -- which competes in the Arena Football League -- and even though signing those guys would mean huge publicity, Gene says they're simply not welcome in his locker room.
Check out the clip ...
CBS Honcho Les Moonves
Hey Rihanna, No Hard Feelings
9/24/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Les Moonves isn't fretting over the blow back he got by pulling the plug on a segment featuring Rihanna for the opening of Thursday night football ... because he scored where it counts.
The CBS Prez crowed over ratings for both Thursday and Sunday night football as he left Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood Tuesday.
As for Rihanna ... the most powerful man in Hollywood said she's the one who exercised power by telling the network to go f itself.
CBS pulled "Run This Town" -- the Jay Z song featuring Rihanna -- presumably because it would strike a raw nerve to see the woman who was beaten by Chris Brown in the wake of the Ray Rice video. Rihanna has never viewed herself as a "victim" and felt CBS unfairly resurrected the past.
Ray Rice Is Behind ESPN Hit Piece
9/22/2014 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says Ray Rice and Ray's team are the main sources behind the ESPN article that claimed Bisciotti spearheaded a cover-up.
While addressing the media, Bisciotti says he strongly believes the sources for the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article were Ray's attorney, Ray's agent and Ray's friends -- who gave the info to ESPN in an effort to get Ray reinstated into the NFL.
Bisciotti says the allegations in the ESPN article are false -- but says he believes Ray's people would push the false stories out because the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to "make everybody else look like they're lying."
Ravens Coach John Harbaugh
I Did NOT Want to Cut Ray Rice
After 1st Elevator Video
9/22/2014 12:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is adamant ... he did NOT push to cut Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first "outside the elevator" video ... despite an ESPN report to the contrary.
The Ravens -- and Harbaugh -- have just issued a statement in response to the ESPN "Outside the Lines" article which said Harbaugh was "horrified" after seeing the 1st tape back in February and wanted Rice gone.
But now, Harbaugh says it just ain't true ... "I did not recommend cutting Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first videotape. I was very disturbed by that tape, and I told people that the facts should determine the consequences."
Harbaugh added, "When I saw the second videotape, I immediately felt that we needed to release Ray."
Will Reportedly Claim TMZ Edited Tape
... Dumbest Defense Ever
9/21/2014 8:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice will reportedly argue that TMZ Sports edited the "inside the elevator" video ... thereby altering what really happened that night.
He's right. We did edit the video ... and we made that point crystal clear in our original post -- the same post where we also INCLUDED the raw unedited version showing Rice KOing Janay Palmer.
As we initially reported, the original raw video was jerky -- in that it would move forward and then in reverse every couple of frames ... so we removed the reverse frames.
Again, TMZ Sports included the raw video in our original post.
Maybe Rice's team should've scrolled down.
I'M NOT GOING TO RESIGN
Owners Support Me
9/19/2014 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Roger Goodell says he will NOT resign as NFL Commissioner ... and believes he has the full support of the NFL owners.
Goodell addressed the media at a news conference in NYC -- and for the most part, reiterated that he screwed up in the handling of the Ray Rice case and vows to do better.
"Over the past several weeks, we have seen all to much of the NFL doing wrong, that starts with me."
Goodell believes he should stay in power because "I acknowledged my mistakes."
When asked if he felt the league supports him staying as Commish, Goodell said ... "I believe I have the support of the owners. That is clear to me."
But the best part of the event, when Benjy from the "Howard Stern Show" started yelling and screaming ... and when he was dragged away by security he yelled, "DON'T PUT ME IN THE ELEVATOR!!!"
to Ditch #27 Jersey
9/19/2014 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There were massive lines Friday morning all over the country with people looking to get their hands on the latest iPhone ... but in Baltimore, the biggest line was at M&T Bank Stadium ... with people looking to GET RID OF their Ray Rice jerseys.
Just like the New England Patriots did last year with Aaron Hernandez, the Baltimore Ravens are allowing their fans to exchange their Rice jerseys for another player.
The exchange is only eligible on officially licensed jerseys made by Nike or Reebok and they had to be purchased either at the stadium store or the Ravens Official Team Store online.
Yeah, but do the jerseys have ApplePay built in?