Ray Rice offers apologies to Baltimore
Ray Rice, suspended by the NFL last season after video showed him punching his then-fiancee, Friday offered his apologies to the city of Baltimore and Ravens fans.
Washington: Ray Rice, suspended by the NFL last season after video showed him punching his then-fiancee, Friday offered his apologies to the city of Baltimore and Ravens fans.
"The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives," Rice said in a letter issued to the Baltimore Sun.
"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."
The running back, who helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl in 2012, is currently a free agent, after his indefinite ban from the league was overturned upon appeal in November.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has said Rice will never play for the team again.
But Rice said he valued the time he spent with Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh.
"I love you all very much, and I`ll always be proud to say I played for the Baltimore Ravens," he said.
The NFL`s inept handling of Rice`s case plunged the league into crisis.
He was originally suspended just two games, after a hotel video showed him pulling an unconscious Janay Palmer from an elevator in an Atlantic City casino.
The punishment was widely denounced as too lenient, and when another video that showed the actual punch surfaced, the Ravens sacked him and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell banned him indefinitely.
The NFL Players Association successfully appealed on the grounds that the league violated labor laws by increasing Rice`s punishment after the second video surfaced because it gave no real new information on the case.