There's an upcoming trial for a rape charge, and because blah blah Ray Rice blah blah it's not a good look for the fanbase. Apparently Glenn Clark brought it up as well (in passing, not as a "huge deal").
And I -get- that, but he's not the only problematic person on the sidelines of an NFL team by any stretch. And it was almost certainly done as a favor to Lamar, since they're good friends.
I think Ravens fans and talk show hosts are sensitive to this not because of Ray Rice, what he did was simply on his own, but to Ray Lewis and his posse in Atlanta. I get that Kodak is his buddy from his hometown but so were Ray Lewis' buddies that killed the guys after the SB. I also heard the guy this morning and he sounded like an idiot who couldn't hit water if he fell out of a fucking boat so a clear explanation was not coming. So IMO, the only reason it would look bad is based upon what happened with RL. I don't know Kodak from a hole in the wall and didn't know shit about his history but that is the only thing I can think people would care about. Ray cut all ties with his hometown people after his trial but that doesn't mean all your hometown friends are criminals. Speaking personally, I would stand by my friend if I knew for a fact he didn't rape someone but if I found out otherwise I would cut his ass out like a cancer. Rape is right up there with murder in my book!