He said that his actions were “inexcusable”. He apologized publicly to his wife and all other victims of domestic violence, and talked about the pain of having to explain himself one day to his now 2-year-old daughter. He acknowledged letting down his teammates and fans. Is it time to forgive Ravens’ running back Ray Rice?
Following a February incident where he allegedly knocked out his then-fiancée and dragged her body from an Atlantic City elevator, Rice faced the cameras Thursday, blaming himself alone and explicitly correcting his failure to publicly apologize to his wife at an earlier press conference in May. He called her “an angel” and “a great wife” who could “do no wrong.”
Rice avoided criminal prosecution through a program of court-ordered counseling, and said he hopes someday to help others avoid his mistake. Rice’s punishment from the NFL was a two-game suspension and a fine and loss of pay totaling more than half a million dollars. The NFL punishment has been criticized as too little. Is Ray Rice’s latest apology a little too late?