Since Ray Rice was dismissed from the NFL after the video of him assaulting his then-fiance on an elevator was released, many former fans may find themselves conflicted about what to do with their Ravens #27 jerseys. If your jersey now represents, to you, domestic violence, you may be trying to decide whether to burn it, trash it, or keep it.
Keeping it and wearing it hasn’t worked out for some folks already.
Walkimg home from school in a ray rice jersey isn’t recommended #dirtylooks
— Joe Paul (@joe_paul_joe) September 9, 2014
So my cousin he in the 1st grade & we dropped him off, hes wearing his Ray Rice jersey.. 5 minutes later they call & say he must change
— LIYAH (@liyaahdoll) September 11, 2014
Even Rice’s old high school has taken his jersey off the wall, according to USA Today. There are a number of people talking about burning or trashing their Ray Rice jerseys, neither of which is exactly environmentally sound.
So, with that in mind, here are the top three ways to get rid of your Ray Rice jersey.
3. Trade it in.
According to ESPN, Ray Rice jerseys can be traded in at the stadium store next weekend (September 19 and 20). The trade-in is limited to one Ray Rice jersey per customer, and is only valid for official NFL licensed merchandise.
2. Trade it in — for pizza.
A pizza shop in Maryland will accept Ray Rice jerseys, and is giving out free pizza to anyone who brings one in, as well as donating to a charity that helps victims of domestic abuse for each jersey. Of course, they’ve also made comments about using the jerseys for toilet paper, but lets assume that was a joke.
Regardless, it’s one way to get rid of your unwanted Rice memorabilia, fill your belly, and do a little something to help domestic violence victims.
1. Do what this little girl’s dad did and alter it, turning it into a anti-violence message.
Love how this family upgraded their daughter’s Ray Rice jersey. pic.twitter.com/918O81xHZv
— Justice Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) September 10, 2014
Now for the serious stuff: if you’re a victim of domestic violence, you can call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-877-700-7233. The number is staffed 24 hours a day and you’ll reach a counselor who’s ready to listen and help. Getting help and getting safe is more valuable than a Ray Rice jersey — or any jersey.