Former Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice who has been released from the team last year following a case of domestic violence after video of him punching his then fiancée Janay Palmer emerged, hopes for a second chance to resume his career and play in the National Football League.
His interview with ESPN’s Sports Center comes in the wake of Dallas Cowboys’ Greg Hardy’s case of 2014 after images surfaced of his girlfriend, Nicole Holder severely bruised. Hardy was convicted but his case was dismissed on appeal after Holder could not be located to testify. Hardy was suspended by the NFL but was given a second chance by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.
“I would be very grateful for a second chance,” Rice says.
Working to stay fit at a local gym in Connecticut, Rice says that he has no preference for a club as long as he gets to play.
Understanding that being forgiven is not an easy task for such a grave crime, Rice now hopes to raise awareness about domestic violence.
“To never be forgiven, I understand those things, and I take full responsibility for my actions. The one thing I can say is… I have made a lifelong decision to raising awareness about this”, says Rice.
Rice aims to use the platform of NFL and help spread the message at a global level. Speaking on this he says, “I think the NFL has such a huge platform…so if I never played a down again, why not see if I could use their platform to go out there and make a difference.”
Unlike Hardy, Rice’s case has drawn minimal interest and no offers. One team though considered giving an offer to Rice. However the team ownership became uncomfortable at the last minute amidst concerns of public reaction regarding signing him.