ALLEN PARK — Lions coach Jim Caldwell said on Tuesday that he’s always had the zero tolerance policy on domestic violence for his teams and that will not change.
“One of the things we want to make certain of, is that we do things the right way,’’ Caldwell said. “And that’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. We don’t believe there’s any place for domestic violence.''
Caldwell coached Ray Rice the last two seasons (2012 and 2013) in Baltimore as the offensive coordinator.
The Ravens terminated Rice’s contract on Monday after a video was released of him punching his then fiancé, who is now his wife, in a casino elevator.
“I think they 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. This transcends football, this is beyond football, this is in the personal realm which is a realm I didn’t know. But nevertheless I think they acted appropriately.’’
Caldwell addressed the issue in his Tuesday press conference following the Monday night win over the Giants.