Even NFL players who rarely criticize each other publicly made their feelings clear Monday on Ray Rice through social media and in interviews.

Reaction was swift and powerful to the release of a video showing the Baltimore running back striking his then-fiancee, and the Ravens subsequently releasing him.

Said Saints tackle Zach Strief: "I don't know Ray Rice, but I know that video is disturbing. It's tough to see and it's unacceptable. ... It's upsetting."

Added Steelers cornerback William Gay: "We're talking about a life, I don't care about a sport when it comes down to domestic violence. This is real."

Gay says the league needs to "come together and help Ray Rice or anyone that's in that situation."


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