“Last time I didn’t publicly apologize to my wife, and I realized that hit home with a lot of people,” Ravens running back Ray Rice said in a press conference on Thursday. Rice is referring of course to statements he gave in May regarding an incident in an Atlantic City casino elevator that left his then fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious.
In that stilted and awkward press conference, Rice gave the impression that he hadn’t fully considered the seriousness of his actions. Neither did it seem that he recognized that his wife, and not he, was the victim in all of this.
This time around, Rice apologized to his wife (something I have to assume he has already done privately) and expanded that apology to all women affected by domestic violence. He actually used the words “domestic violence” and called his actions “inexcusable.” He talked about letting down his 2-year-old daughter, and he vowed to become a crusader against domestic violence across the country.
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