Famed NFL football player
Ray Rice has publicly apologized for punching his fiance and knocking her unconscious at a New Jersey casino. The 28-year-old athlete issued his formal apology on Friday, addressing the city of Baltimore and his former football team. He referred to the incident as a "horrible mistake."
In addition to addressing the football team and the city, he also spoke to his child fans. He said that he was sorry to the children who looked up to him, he hoped that children would learn from his mistake and that one poor decision can ruin a person's life.
Rice Violently Attacked His Fiance on Video
Police arrested Ray Rice for the assault in February 2014. Once surveillance camera video of the incident went public, the Baltimore Ravens permanently dismissed Rice from the team. Rice can be seen in the video punching his wife in an elevator. She fell unconscious to the ground, and then Rice dragged her out of the elevator while she was still unconscious.
The woman Rice punched, was his fiance at the time. Later, they married and the couple is still together today.
Rice Is Begging for Forgiveness
After issuing his apology, Rice is hoping that another professional football team will allow him to play with them. "I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in peopleâ€™s lives by raising awareness of this issue," he said.
Rice was able to resolve his criminal charges relating to the incident last May. He pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and he completed a special pre-trial intervention program. Later, his NFL suspension was overturned. However, no NFL teams have been willing to extend an olive branch to him, and for the time-being, Rice remains team-less.
Perhaps NFL teams are concerned that this man's explosive and violent personality will rear its ugly head again. What do you think? Does Ray Rice deserve a second chance?
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