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Ray Rice Press Conference

Baltimore Ravens running back was suspended for 2 games and hit with a half-million dollar fine after he knocked his now-wife out in Atlantic City this past February.

The first time offender was put in a program and giving jail time, but the NFL commissioner did not think that was enough.

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Rice did not talk about the suspension at practice, but did release the statement:

“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault. As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.

“My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident. I am a role model and I take that responsibility seriously. My actions going forward will show that.”

In a statement from the House of Ruth, a group that crusades against domestic violence, they say:

“Today’s news of a two-day suspension and fines for Ray Rice once again brings the issue of intimate partner violence to the forefront; an issue that is far more prevalent in our communities than many know. One in four women will, at some point in her life, be a victim of physical abuse in an intimate relationship. While Mr. Rice faces penalties and fines for his role in this incident, we hope that the counseling both he and his wife are receiving will end any violence in their relationship. We also hope that they will take this opportunity to be a positive influence for both the people in their lives and our extended community, demonstrating what a healthy relationship looks like.

“This incident has started a conversation among football fans and the public in general about intimate partner violence. We welcome that, and encourage all men who have wives, partners, daughters, sisters, mothers and friends to take this opportunity to talk with the people in their lives about forming healthy relationships. The House of Ruth Maryland will continue to be a resource for anyone impacted by this destructive behavior.”

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