The Ray Rice Apology.



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About a year ago, former Baltimore Ravens running back who punched his fiancee in an elevator and has since then been at the center of a “swirling controversy over domestic violence” in the N.F.L., apologized for his behavior Friday. It has been almost precisely a year after he punched his wife Janay Palmer in an elevator in a hotel in Atlantic City. After charges against Rice were dropped in favor of court-supervised counseling, the N.F.L. in July suspended Rice for two games, triggering national debate and some outrage.

In September a graphic video from inside the elevator was published. Roger Goddell, the league’s commissioner, suspended Rice indefinitely. The N.F.L. has seen issues like this as an embarrassment because they portray inconsistency in N.F.L. policy and standards.

The Ravens, who had initially supported Rice, terminated his contract after the video was released.

“To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorrry for letting you down, but I hope it’s helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare.”

“There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by raising awareness of this issue.” Rice said in a statement published by The Baltimore Sun.

I think domestic abuse is an all time NO. Nothing could possibly make that acceptable in any shape or form. I especially have some sort of rage towards cowardly men who lay their hands on women. Women are physically not capable of being as strong as men. Unfortunately things like this continue to happen, but at least the NFL acted seeking justice for the future.