*Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice apologized to his wife and all women affected by domestic violence on Thursday, when he held a press conference for the first time since his alleged altercation with his then-fiancee in February.
While Rice declined twice to give details about what happened in that Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator, he said it was a “one-time incident” and expressed his intentions to become an “ambassador” against domestic violence.
“I made the biggest mistake of my life,” he said.
“That night I replay over and over in my head. That’s not me. My actions were inexcusable. That’s something I have to live with the rest of my life. The pain I’m talking about living with is waking up every day, and my daughter is two years old now, and I have a little girl, who’s very smart, very intelligent, and one day she’s going to know the power of Google, and me having to explain that to her, what happened that night.”
Unlike Rice’s press conference in May, Rice made a point to apologize to his wife directly.
“There are many nights that me and my wife sleep together and we still have to deal with this,” Rice said. “And her pain is my pain, my pain is her pain, the one thing I wanted to do today is you know apologize to my wife, who I’ve known since high school. I’ve known her since a kid. I met her in high school and she’s the same girl now, great mother, and she’s a great wife, and she supports me throughout.
“When the time is right, when the time is right, and I say that because you have to fix yourself before you can go out and help others, and when the time is right me and my wife want to go out there and help people, anybody, violence of any kind, especially man on woman, is just not right. It’s not right, it shouldn’t be tolerated, it’s not right for society, no matter what. That’s something I’ll stand by and I have to pay for that.”
There were about 30 teammates who huddled around reporters to listen to Rice’s press conference, including wide receivers Steve Smith and Jacoby Jones, tight end Dennis Pitta, running back Bernard Pierce and kicker Justin Tucker.