Nearly one year to the day since he was arrested for assaulting his then fiancée, now wife Janay in an Atlantic City casino elevator, Ray Rice has delivered an apology letter to Baltimore Ravens fans. Published in The Baltimore Sun Friday, the letter claims it is not a “goodbye,” but definitely comes across as an attempt to close the book on his six-season career with the Ravens.
The Sun is reporting that Rice is planning to leave Maryland and return to his home state of New York and is looking to relaunch his NFL career with a new team. In November, a former federal judge overturned his indefinite suspension from the league, allowing him to become a free agent.
Read the full letter below, via The Baltimore Sun:
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.
— Ray Rice
Rice avoided jail time for the assault, caught on elevator surveillance tape, by entering a pretrial intervention program last May.
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