Owing Mills, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice apologized to his wife and all female victims of domestic violence in a news conference Thursday for their alleged altercation in February.
“I made the biggest mistake of my life,” Rice said. “My actions were inexcusable.”
The running back noted that he has a two-year-old daughter who will someday search the internet and he will have to explain what happened that night.
He stressed that his wife, Janay, who was present in the news conference, did “no wrong” and referred to her as “an angel.”
Rice allegedly struck his then-fiancee Janay unconscious on Feb. 15 while in a casino elevator in Atlantic City.
A video showed Rice dragging an apparently unconscious Janay out of the elevator. The couple has since married.
He pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.
Rice was punished with a two-game suspension by the NFL and fined a total of $529,411.24, which came under fire for being too lenient.
On Thursday, United States Senators Richard Blumenthal, Tammy Baldwin and Chris Murphy urged commissioner Roger Goodell to stiffen its penalty. In a separate letter, they also asked the Ravens to act swifter if the NFL declined.