Friday, February 13, 2015
Ray Rice @rayrice27 Apologizes To City Of Baltimore: ‘There Is No Excuse For Domestic Violence'
Former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice issued an apology to the city of Baltimore on Friday in which he asked for forgiveness and said he plans to raise awareness about the nation’s domestic violence crisis in the future.
In a statement provided exclusively to The Baltimore Sun, Rice spoke specifically to “the kids who looked up to me,” saying he’s “truly sorry" for letting them down. Sources also told The Baltimore Sun that Ray Rice plans to move out of the Baltimore area and back to New York, where he grew up. Read the statement in its entirety:
This is not a farewell or goodbye. The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives. 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. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by raising awareness of this issue. Thank you, Baltimore Ravens, for all you have done for my family and I. I’m very grateful to Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh, and everyone at 1 Winning Drive. I love you all very much, and I’ll always be proud to say I played for the Baltimore Ravens.
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