After video surfaced of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee (and now wife), Janay Rice (nee Palmer), many fans of the fallen Baltimore Ravens running back either burned or threw out his jersey.
But not the Bartletts.
Meet Bryan and Angie, the parents of 6-year-old daughter Brynn and 9-year-old son Bryson.
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Instead of throwing out the jersey they bought their little girl two Christmases ago, they decide to turn it into a DIY project to send a more positive statement.
Gone is Ray’s last name, and here to stay is a simple message: “Be nice to girls” with the former athlete’s number still in place.
They put the image on Facebook and the rest is history.
“It just seemed over the top to destroy it,” the dad told Today Parents. “It just kind of popped into my head: Rice, nice.”
Bryan says his kids have not viewed the video, but hopes the project sends his little girl a big message.
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“I was just hopefully teaching my daughter that we expect that guys always are nice to you and treat you with respect and that you don’t put up with anybody being mean or hitting you or anything like that ever,” he said. “It’s just never acceptable.”
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