Ray Rice Promises to Donate Salary to Domestic Violence Programs If Signed By NFL Team
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hasn’t seen an NFL field in almost two years now, but that hasn’t deterred him from trying to get signed by a team. It was September 2014 when the Ravens cut Rice after video surfaced of him knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator then dragging her body out as she lay unconscious.
On Wednesday, Ray Rice may have found a new way to try to get his foot back in the door of the NFL by donating money to domestic violence programs, but it comes with a stipulation. Just one NFL team needs to sign him for this to happen.
“Rice told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday he’d donate his entire salary in 2016 to organizations with programs focusing on education and prevention of domestic violence and supporting survivors and their families.
It’s an extension of the message Rice’s representatives have delivered to teams about his intentions in trying to get a job and resume his playing career after a two-year absence.”
“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” said Rice, the three-time Pro Bowl running back banished by the NFL (but later reinstated on appeal) amid outrage over the video recorded nearly 2 ½ years ago.
“Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness.
“People need homes. People need shelter when they’re in a crucial situation. I’ve donated a lot of money to charities, but I had a situation where it was a national crisis. I’m not saying I’d be (donating the salary) to get on the field, but it’s something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way.”
“I think the biggest donation that you can give to domestic violence is your time,” Rice said. “I’m not just going to be giving it because I have money. I’m going to be giving it because I did the background and the research and spent a lot of time with people who understand the cause.
“The only way to fix the problem is awareness. It’s an epidemic. I know that my situation raised awareness. I’m not thankful for being that guy, but I’m thankful for the people that now are not afraid to ask for help, because I had to go get the help myself after to realize the severity of what domestic violence is.”
Since the knockout video was released, Ray Rice has gotten married and is welcoming a 2nd child into the world in September.