Free-agent running back Ray Rice told ESPN's "Outside The Lines" on Aug. 4 that striking his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer in a New Jersey casino elevator in Feb. 2014 "was the worst decision I've ever made in my life."
Ray Rice is remorseful about striking his wife Janay Palmer.
Rice told ESPN's "Outside The Lines" on Aug. 4 he regrets hitting Palmer. She was his then-fiancee. Rice struck her in a New Jersey casino elevator in Feb. 2014. Surveillance video of the incident later went viral online.
Rice appealed the suspension. A neutral arbitrator overturned it in Nov. 2014. With that, the NFL reinstated Rice, per NJ.com's Charles Curtis.
Rice has not played in the NFL since. He told ESPN's Jemele Hill the incident with Palmer is making teams hesistant to sign him:
"We do live in a society where public opinion matters, and I totally respect that. Domestic violence is real. It happens every 12 seconds as we speak...I think that that issue alone with me in my situation, having the video -- that puts a lot in perspective.
"That vivid memory, obviously, that was the worst decision I've ever made in my life."
"The conversations that I had with them (interested teams) is more to understand the magnitude of my situation. I know that it's a unique deal, so I just try to honestly live day to day and stay hopeful for that opportunity.
"I can understand some people probably never will forgive my actions. But I think that every step that I took going forward right now -- over time, I want to be able to rewrite the script, to tell my daughter that daddy made the worst decision of his life, but this is what I did going forward.
"To the survivors of domestic violence, I understand how real it is, and I don't ever want to take that for granted because this is a real issue in our society. My video put the light out there -- if you have never seen what domestic violence looks like and you look at my video, I could understand why some people would never forgive me.
"I understand why maybe a few teams or teams shy away from me. I understand that because it's a privilege. It truly is a privilege to play in the NFL. It's a privilege to play professional sports.
"I always preach one or two bad decisions, and your dream could become a nightmare. Well, I had to eat my own words. I truly lived a nightmare. There is no set in stone whether you're going to get a second chance or not.
"I have to set my hope and faith and everything else that I'm doing in my life, I'm just really hopeful for a second chance."
Rice told ESPN the year off was a way for him to recharge mentally. He proclaimed himself as "a rehabilitated man":
"I treated this year, for me being out, as an injury year except for it wasn't physical -- it was mental. It was everything about rehabilitating myself to be the best husband, father and go out there and share my story.
"I'm not afraid to say right now that I feel like I'm a rehabilitated man. I took this year as an injury mentally. Mentally, I just went through a lot."
Rice is a far cry from the man he was earlier this year. Back in February, he told didn't feel "life was worth living," per The Baltimore Sun.
According to ESPN, Rice has left the Baltimore area for Connecticut. Several advocates have reached out to Rice as a show of support. One advocate is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano.
These same advocates have been contacting NFL teams. They want to help resurrect Rice's football career, per ESPN.
Several Ravens officials are hoping Rice can play in the NFL again. General manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh are among them.
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