Ray Rice Issues Statement to Ravens and Their Fans in Baltimore Sun
By now you’ve already heard plenty about the Ray Rice domestic violence saga. You know, the one where they uncovered footage of him knocking out his then-fiancee (now wife) in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, forcing the NFL to suspend him, the Ravens to cut him, and no other team to bother taking a chance on him.
After sitting out the entire 2014 NFL season, Rice seems like he’s ready for a second chance somewhere else. But before he leaves Baltimore for good, he felt it was necessary to release the following statement through the Baltimore Sun on Friday:
This is not a farewell or goodbye. The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown my family and I throughout my football career. We’ll always be grateful for the love we’ve received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl. To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorry 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. Thank you, Baltimore Ravens, for all you have done for my family and I. I’m very grateful to Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh, and everyone at 1 Winning Drive. I love you all very much, and I’ll always be proud to say I played for the Baltimore Ravens.
— Ray Rice