Ravens’ Stanley reacts to shooting in hometown Las Vegas
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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