Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said that in speaking out against domestic violence, he is not doing it to get back into the NFL.
“Well, see that for me, is something that I understand why it was being said early on about, you know, is this a ploy to get back into football,” Rice told “CBS This Morning” during an interview Tuesday. “I’ll be the first one to say it. I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football. The pressure I was under of being a star that was the person I hated the most.”
In February 2014, Rice was seen on video dragging his then-fiancée, Janay, out of a casino elevator. Another video showed Rice punched her and knocked her unconscious. He was later released by the Ravens prior to the start of the season after being handed an indefinite suspension by the NFL.
Rice, 31, has not played in an NFL game since 2013. When he sees the tape of the incident now, Rice said that he hates who he was.”Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other–I actually got my second chance.”