Ravens’ Stan­ley re­acts to shoot­ing in home­town Las Ve­gas

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & NATIONAL SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

OWINGS MILLS — The Bal­ti­more Ravens loss to the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers seemed in­signif­i­cant to left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley Mon­day morn­ing.

The Las Ve­gas na­tive awoke to the news of the tragedy that struck his home­town Sun­day night. The dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in mod­ern Amer­i­can his­tory left 58 peo­ple dead and in­jured 500 oth­ers.

“It’s been rough,” Stan­ley said Wed­nes­day. “That was the first thing I saw when I woke up. [I was] just try­ing to check in on my fam­ily and loved ones and close friends back home. It was kind of over­whelm­ing, but it was kind of an­other re­minder there’s a world out­side of foot­ball, there’s a world out­side of ev­ery­thing that we have go­ing on in our lives and to con­tinue to keep fo­cus­ing on the big pic­ture.”

Stan­ley said he did not have any fam­ily or friends harmed in the mas­sacre.

Stan­ley posted a photo to his In­sta­gram ac­count Mon­day that asked for prayers for Las Ve­gas, along with a de­fi­ant cap­tion: “Can’t be­lieve what I’m see­ing from my home­town. Please pray for the count­less lives af­fected by this act of ter­ror­ism. Ac­cord­ing to most peo­ple now I should just fo­cus on foot­ball and not care about what’s go­ing on off the field right?! No.. I will con­tinue to not let be­ing an ath­lete de­fine me and con­tinue to care about the big­ger pic­ture which most peo­ple are too scared to even look at. #pray­for­lasve­gas #pray­forhu­man­ity”

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