On Friday, a statement was released by Ray Rice to The Baltimore Sun, with the former Ravens RB issuing an apology for “the horrible mistake” that he made almost a year after he hit his fiancée at the time in an elevator of a casino in Atlantic City, in an incident that sportsbook software services still remember very well, and one that shocked many NFL fans.
No other team in the league acquired Rice’s services after Baltimore ended his contract on the 8th of September, after video footage was released of him striking Janay Palmer, who is his wife now. The footage shows Rice hitting Palmer in an elevator in the casino.
In November, the ex-Ravens RB was given an indefinite suspension, but in November, Barbara S. Jones, who was a federal judge then, overturned it. Even though he was the reinstated, the player did not practice or even visit any teams in the NFL, as reported by the Sun.
This is the statement that was released by Rice:
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.”
Ravens fans and sportsbook software services remember being stunned when they saw footage of the incident, but were ultimately happy when they learned that the Rice apologized for his actiosn. The player’s fans would like to see this problem stay in the past, and hopefully nothing like this will happen again in the future.