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Ray Rice says his wife “can do no wrong” in first press conference

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Ravens running back Ray Rice walked to the podium Thursday, and came right out with  the kind of contrition he hadn’t previously shown.

Rice spoke to reporters for the first time since his no-questions-asked press conference during which his wife apologized for getting knocked out cold, and admitted what appears obvious.

“My actions that night were totally inexcusable,” he began. “That’s not me. That’s something I have to live with the rest of my life.”

Rice apologized to his wife, which he neglected to do during his press conference, and talked about how difficult it would be to explain to his young daughter.

He also said he and his wife wanted to talk about domestic violence “when the time is right.”

That’s apparently not until he continues his counseling, as he said he’s still in that process.

Rice didn’t want to re-live what he called “the incident,” but said he “owned it,” and it was the “biggest mistake of my life.”

“My wife can do no wrong,” he said, several times.

He also said he’s never been involved in any kind of domestic abuse situation, though he repeatedly declined to offer specifics on the night of “the incident.”

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126 Responses to “Ray Rice says his wife “can do no wrong” in first press conference”
  1. joetoronto says: Jul 31, 2014 12:03 PM

    You can’t unring the bell, Ray. You’re a loser and you’ll always be a loser.

  2. joecancun says: Jul 31, 2014 12:09 PM

    If he was smart and wanted to get the general public off his back he would offer to donate another 2 game checks to a charity supporting battered women.

    It’s easy to talk the talk. Now walk the walk.

  3. dolphindad says: Jul 31, 2014 12:09 PM

    hmm. saying “my wife can do no wrong” doesn’t sound healthy to me. sounds unrealistic. how is he going to reconcile that when she actually does do something wrong? sounds like a dangerous situation that could explode when the pressure is too much. he needs to realize that his wife can do plenty wrong, but that is acceptable and work on how to work through those situations healthily.

  4. superslugg says: Jul 31, 2014 12:10 PM

    Sham press conference again

  5. Marshawn Lunch says: Jul 31, 2014 12:13 PM

    smh

  6. samsonight1010 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:13 PM

    Tough to tell a story you don’t remember because your husband knocked you out, trash has run in that organization ever since they left Cleveland

  7. moeman79 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:13 PM

    Ray people are mad can we just throw you to the wolfs to try to calm this down a bit?

    Wonder how much coaching up this interview required? not saying that in a bad way, but hard to stand there and have shots thrown at you for a few. Either way a 4 game suspension would have made all this nonexistent.

  8. Rutgersknight says: Jul 31, 2014 12:14 PM

    I was impressed by his contrition. Not your typical press conference, he really put his feelings out there. He’s always been a good guy, but as opposed to others who’ve gotten in trouble, he seems to be aware of and accept that he did a really bad thing and brought shame to his family, needs help, and most importantly, that he’s destroyed a lifetime of goodwill and respect he had earned previously, and needs to earn that back through his actions going forward.

  9. superslugg says: Jul 31, 2014 12:15 PM

    Answer the question ray!

  10. superslugg says: Jul 31, 2014 12:16 PM

    All ray wants to do is talk about himself like he’s a victim

  11. bucrightoff says: Jul 31, 2014 12:17 PM

    Don’t worry Ray, it’ll be pretty easy to explain to your daughter as you’re highly likely to hit your wife again and again seeing as she forgave you because she didn’t want to fall off the gravy train. She has no respect for herself, and you have no respect for her. I’m sure it’ll end well.

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 31, 2014 12:17 PM

    Everyone makes mistakes. I think he sounds contrite. As much as everyone would like to know, i respect him and his wifes right to privacy. Their issue is personal and i have no problem with him not revealing what happened.

    Im sure others disagree but his explanation is good enough for me.

  13. texansdan says: Jul 31, 2014 12:17 PM

    I watched the press conference. I thought he seemed very apologetic, understanding, contrite, and took responsibility. I have to say I feel like he apologized an hopes to make things right, and I, for one, will forgive him.

  14. micknangold says: Jul 31, 2014 12:19 PM

    Everyone go ahead and anonymously rip the guy to make you feel better about yourselves. Tony Montana was right.

  15. footballfan58 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:19 PM

    Sounds like he’s trying to say all the right things.

    I still have a major problem with the NFL only suspending him for 2 games.

    That was a VERY strong message you sent out to all victims of domestic violence, Roger.

    Inexcusable.

  16. hawkfan72 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:20 PM

    Should never had said that. Now she’s going to print it out and hang it on your fridge, Ray.

  17. 2bemoore43 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:21 PM

    HYPOCRITES! so none of you have ever made a regrettable mistake right? you just arent a public figure with cameras catching your every move. if Mrs. Rice forgave him, who in the hell are we to judge?

  18. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 31, 2014 12:21 PM

    Still didn’t say specifically what he was apologizing for. He won’t say out loud what he did. Take that for what you will.

  19. phinfan says: Jul 31, 2014 12:24 PM

    Hmm and if she said the wrong words… Then what?

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 31, 2014 12:28 PM

    Well he can’t unring the bell indeed, but he was more contrite this time and it was a good healthy sign to see that he is focused on truly getting better through counseling and committing to help others in the future. He handled the suspension punishment well by saying he wasn’t going to appeal no matter what the punishment was even if it was 8 games. And he’s right that it’s not his job to determine the sentence and he took what those people decided to give him.

    But most importantly I liked hearing him say several times about his passion to help kids and to be an ambassador to help others with domestic violence in the future. He may have dug a big hole and done something horribly wrong, but a loser is the one who can’t recognize that and can’t find a way to surface out of the hole and find a better purpose. He still has a chance to do great things in this world, and if he can help and improve the lives of children and couples then that’s a wonderful thing going forward.

  21. crindal3000 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:30 PM

    Sure everyone makes mistakes but men do not hit women, ever! When they do they deserve a stiff penalty not a slap on the wrist.

  22. bengal4life says: Jul 31, 2014 12:41 PM

    His wife can’t do no wrong?? Is that why he had to tell her with a knockout? Pathetic

  23. 90lions81 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:42 PM

    I can’t believe she still married him. Just goes to show her character. She would rather get knocked out once in awhile than lose all that money.

    #Shameonboth

  24. claymatthewscromagnonforehead says: Jul 31, 2014 12:42 PM

    Can do no wrong, except for, you know, that night.

  25. philwauke says: Jul 31, 2014 12:44 PM

    She can’t take a punch, Ray.

  26. emphraser says: Jul 31, 2014 12:47 PM

    I suppose there being so many domestic abuse experts on an NFL message board shouldn’t really be too surprising.

  27. thoff1525 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:49 PM

    Must be something about the name “Ray” and playing for the Ravens.

  28. travishenryskid says: Jul 31, 2014 12:49 PM

    Guy should be in jail.

  29. conormacleod says: Jul 31, 2014 12:51 PM

    It’s between him and his wife. So please stop talking Ray, and keep it that way. There’s nothing you could say to make it better.

  30. bengalsucker says: Jul 31, 2014 12:51 PM

    I like how folks are saying “everyone makes mistakes”. Well, you’re right. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has forgotten something off of the grocery list at some point in time. That’s a mistake. Everyone has forgotten to respond to an email in a timely manner. Tha’s a mistake. Not everyone has punched their wives in the face. That’s not a mistake. That’s the sign of a man with deep, deep issues. You can’t just come out and apologize and expect everyone to think you’re a changed man. That was no mistake. He obviously has some serious issues that need addressed. Quit acting like this guy forgot what time practice was and got there late. That is a real mistake.

  31. bmore20 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:52 PM

    Get over it people! That’s what’s wrong with this country now, always holding grudges on something that’s not your business.

  32. Eutaw's Finest says: Jul 31, 2014 1:01 PM

    As I’ve said for a while now, he’s done everything in his power to fix his mistake. This press conference is just another stepping stone in the right direction. I know the situation is terrible but at this point can people please turn their grievances to Goodell and the state of NJ and not Rice? It’s over.

  33. marvsleezy says: Jul 31, 2014 1:04 PM

    I heard that his wife is going around the house now just spitting in his face at random saying “I CAN DO NO WONG!”

  34. tincansailor981 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:04 PM

    No one can do wrong if they’re unconscious on the floor of an elevator. It’s over, nothing more to see.

  35. mclovin07 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:04 PM

    What a dirtbag.

  36. jberlat says: Jul 31, 2014 1:08 PM

    It isn’t a mistake not to respond to an email.

  37. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 31, 2014 1:10 PM

    “He’s done everything in his power to fix his mistake”? Um, what? Did you Ravens fans even watch the first no-questions-allowed press conference? You know, the one where he marched his wife out in front of the press so SHE could apologize?

  38. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 31, 2014 1:11 PM

    To all Rice fans who have been saying we should just forgive and forget:

    Now I can move on, because I finally saw someone sorry for what he did. (It only took 5 months, but at least we got there.) Forgiveness without an apology is just enabling the aggressor, but forgiveness after a sincere apology is good. That is why I had to wait until today. Some of you forgave to early, which isn’t wise. Others will never forgive, which is sad.

  39. toastingpoe says: Jul 31, 2014 1:11 PM

    I’m glad to see some sensible commentators have finally come out of the woodwork. Over the past 6 months, it has sickened me to see how giddy people have gotten at a chance to assert their own moral superiority over someone else. People make mistakes, big and small; it’s inherent to the human condition. Life and football are all about how you respond to those mistakes. The NFL, in it’s own way, acknowledges this by coming down hard on repeat offenders and giving some slack to players with clean track records, such as Rice.

  40. dacktle49 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:12 PM

    2bemoore43 says:
    Jul 31, 2014 12:21 PM
    HYPOCRITES! so none of you have ever made a regrettable mistake right? you just arent a public figure with cameras catching your every move. if Mrs. Rice forgave him, who in the hell are we to judge?

    Sure I have, but there is never an excuse for a man to punch a woman I guess different strokes different folks huh Pal? Where I’m from it’s not ok to knock your girlfriend out.

  41. mtrhead269 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:12 PM

    Ray is a good guy? Really? Except when he is hitting the mother of his child until she can no longer move. The Ravens fans seem willing to give good guy Ray a second chance. They must of thought Big Ben was a good guy huh, how about Robert Mathis ? McClain? Richie Incognito ?

    Guess the ” Good Guys” only play for the Ravens. Hopefully he doesn’t hit her again , but statistics say he will over and over hit her.

  42. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 31, 2014 1:13 PM

    I also hope that certain Ravens fans will be a little slower to troll the next guy who makes a mistake. You know who you are…

  43. southpaw2k says: Jul 31, 2014 1:13 PM

    travishenryskid says:

    “Guy should be in jail.”

    ———————————————-

    Then call the New Jersey prosecutor’s office and ask him why he chose to offer a plea bargain deal that involved expunging the entire incident from Rice’s record.

    I guess no one else has stopped to wonder why the prosecutor would offer such a deal if Rice had a history of domestic violence, have they?

    Common sense, kids. If the prosecutor and/or police found any evidence suggesting a history or pattern of violent behavior, they would have thrown the book at Ray Rice.

  44. jimmy53 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:15 PM

    All of this “everyone makes a mistake” is laughable.

    Are you honestly saying that you think this is the ONLY time Ray Rice beat his wife??? Please…

    So the question becomes is he sorry for beating his wife or is he sorry because he got caught beating his wife?

    This is a jailable offense, and he should be serving time.

  45. laserw says: Jul 31, 2014 1:15 PM

    Being banned for the season is the minimum this piece of human debris should have received. He didn’t just slap his GF – he beat her unconscious and dragged her out of the elevator.

    And this jerk should not have his words chronicled until after he has spent a season in therapy.

    He is seriously ill.

  46. bucrightoff says: Jul 31, 2014 1:17 PM

    2bemoore43 says:Jul 31, 2014 12:21 PM

    HYPOCRITES! so none of you have ever made a regrettable mistake right? you just arent a public figure with cameras catching your every move. if Mrs. Rice forgave him, who in the hell are we to judge?
    ________________________________

    Do you really think she forgives him if he’s Ray Jones, normal guy making $35,000 a year? Yeah a little harder to walk away from a multi millionaire. Let’s not act naive, she’s interested in the money.

  47. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 31, 2014 1:19 PM

    The number of Ray Rice apologists on here is disturbing and disgusting!

  48. ranger764 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:20 PM

    All of you surely live in glass houses. Ray Rice made a very bad mistake. One that he has to pay for. But you all act like you have never done anything you regret. I’m not excusing what he did by any means. It’s truly shameful, but keep casting those stones. One day you will have to be contrite and ask forgiveness of a mistake you make. It just won’t be in front of the entire world.

  49. richndc says: Jul 31, 2014 1:21 PM

    Here is what I see the real issue is: The NFL, Rice and Ravens failed horribly to address this properly and shine a spotlight on the blight of domestic abuse. Today’s sham was only because of the ongoing public reaction to slap on the wrist 2 game suspension. I don’t Ray, but have worked with and around many players–some of the “good guys” like he appears to be are total a-holes, and some of the “bad guys” are really just good people with big egos and no filter. I know he is not a man, he has handled this like a cowardly little boy until today–but, like so many before him, he will ride this out and make his money. She will hang out and get hers too.

  50. tindeaux says: Jul 31, 2014 1:21 PM

    let’s hope this doesn’t happen again.
    now let him who committed no sin point the finger at Ray.

  51. ghost26 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:24 PM

    ‘bengalsucker says: Jul 31, 2014 12:51 PM

    I like how folks are saying “everyone makes mistakes”. Well, you’re right. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has forgotten something off of the grocery list at some point in time. That’s a mistake. Everyone has forgotten to respond to an email in a timely manner. Tha’s a mistake. Not everyone has punched their wives in the face. That’s not a mistake. That’s the sign of a man with deep, deep issues. You can’t just come out and apologize and expect everyone to think you’re a changed man. That was no mistake. He obviously has some serious issues that need addressed. Quit acting like this guy forgot what time practice was and got there late. That is a real mistake.’

    Bengalsucker,

    Exactly. This isn’t just a mistake, this aggravated assault which is a felony that was committed by someone who clearly can’t control his anger. And don’t just blame the NFL here–the legal entire system is at fault here. The judicial system is rigged for the wealthy & here are plenty of people who have committed either the same or even lesser offenses who are in prison as we speak. Why? B/c they can’t afford to pay Ray Rice’s attorneys.

    Domestic abuse or more specifically aggravated assault is a very serious criminal act that anyone else who isn’t a professional athlete or a celebrity or someone who is absurdly rich would certainly go to jail for. Although he plead ‘not guilty’ he avoided going to trial by entering into a ‘diversionary program’ which will likely see him completing community service and going through some sort of educational program aimed at preventing future offenses.

    Please tell me how that happened??? Must be great to avoid a trial to determine guilt or innocence & since he’s already publicly apologized (twice)–he’s admitted he was guilty.

  52. southpaw2k says: Jul 31, 2014 1:24 PM

    mtrhead269 says:

    “Ray is a good guy? Really? Except when he is hitting the mother of his child until she can no longer move. The Ravens fans seem willing to give good guy Ray a second chance. They must of thought Big Ben was a good guy huh, how about Robert Mathis ? McClain? Richie Incognito ?”

    ————————————————-

    Ben has straightened his life out after his string of run-ins with the law. Why people still call him a rapist is frankly beyond me.

    The jury is still out on Rolando McClain, who I assume is the guy you mentioned. He has to start by showing he actually cares about playing football.

    I’m not sure why you brought up Mathis, considering his only issue that I can think of was his suspension for this season after taking fertility drugs. No reason to get on him about that.

    I fail to see your point.

  53. nflfan22 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:25 PM

    This is all stuff Rice should have said a long time ago. The fact that he is reacting vs. being proactive makes it far less sincere.

  54. stinkfingers says: Jul 31, 2014 1:25 PM

    Of course she can’t… If she does, you’ll punch her in the head again

  55. minnesoulja says: Jul 31, 2014 1:26 PM

    I think people are coming off a little hard on Ray.

    I am not an advocate of domestic violence, but I will shake a woman til her head spins.

  56. southpaw2k says: Jul 31, 2014 1:28 PM

    jimmy53 says:

    “Are you honestly saying that you think this is the ONLY time Ray Rice beat his wife??? Please…

    This is a jailable offense, and he should be serving time.”

    ————————————————-

    Yes, that is EXACTLY what I’ve been saying all along. He hit his wife one time when they were both drunk out of their minds and likely got into a drunken argument. That doesn’t make anything okay, but it’s probably what happened.

    If you’re so sure he hit Janay and previous girlfriends, don’t you think the prosecutor and/or police would have found something in medical records of those women? They’d have to be treated for injuries somehow, even if they explained it away by saying they fell down a flight of stairs (and doctors are smart enough to know BS excuses like that when they see them).

    A pattern of domestic violence IS an offense worthy of a prison sentence, but Ray Rice has no such pattern. If he did, there would have been reports leaked about it since February.

  57. scw1993 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:30 PM

    So Rice apologized for getting caught….he sounded more like the victim than his wife during that presser.

    This isn’t going away, Rice apologists. Just like raven trolls haven’t let anything go away that happened with other teams, they’re the first ones trolling other teams threads.

    Ravens organization is a joke, from top to bottom.

  58. nvl004 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:31 PM

    a couple got in a drunk fight, get over it. There are kids being killed in Gaza right now by bombs our tax dollars paid for.

  59. mungman69 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:31 PM

    Yes, why are you people apologizing for Ray Rice? It seems like Ray isn’t the only person with troubles.

  60. superslugg says: Jul 31, 2014 1:32 PM

    @southpaw2k

    Nope there is a disturbing trend that’s been covered by recent pieces in the ny times, time magazine and others about preferential treatment (zero prosecution) to football athletes in cases of violence against women by universities and local law enforcement, which I’m pretty sure would also extend to the NFL if one looks hard enough. Oh wait that’s right here in front of us.

    If only Ray would tell us what IT is that would be great.

  61. clipper522 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:33 PM

    I never knew all of these people posting messages were also in AC at Revel in the elevator with Ray Rice and his wife at the exact same time! Those elevators must be HUGE

    Too bad none of these people were smart enough to take out their smartphones and record this event. They could have made a ton of money…but maybe thats why they are still dishing out crap to make their miserable lives feel better.

    The facts were given to the responsible parties to hand down punishment (both US court system and the NFL) and Mr. Rice has now said what everyone wanted to hear. What else do you want? Can it be over now?

  62. danjacob12 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:36 PM

    That quote was taken out of context! He said, “My wife can do no wrong…..or else.”

  63. chargrz says: Jul 31, 2014 1:36 PM

    Rice is a COWARD!

  64. jamnew44 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:43 PM

    The NFL didn’t do Ray Rice any favor with the 2 game suspension. He got off light and everyone knows it. This has focused more attention on him. He could have done himself a favor and made himself look contrite by voluntarily suspending himself for 8 games. This is a lesson for all young men who view themselves as invincible. You are never more vulnerable than when you are young and know so little. You think you know everything, but in reality you know little and any bad decision made in anger can ruin your life. When you are angry, walk away, cool down, your life decisions will likely be smarter and more reasonable.

  65. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2014 1:46 PM

    I never knew all of these people posting messages were also in AC at Revel in the elevator with Ray Rice and his wife at the exact same time! Those elevators must be HUGE

    Too bad none of these people were smart enough to take out their smartphones and record this event. They could have made a ton of money…but maybe thats why they are still dishing out crap to make their miserable lives feel better.

    The facts were given to the responsible parties to hand down punishment (both US court system and the NFL) and Mr. Rice has now said what everyone wanted to hear. What else do you want? Can it be over now?

    Hey Einstein his lack of answering what happened in the elevator paints a very vivid picture of what transpired. He admitted his guilt thru his silence and he will never heal or grow until he says it out loud to other people. Then and only then will the reaction on the listeners faces show Ray the horror of his actions. My life isn’t miserable and is not driving any agenda other than one to educate others than domestic abuse is more than a mistake!

  66. scw1993 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:47 PM

    Rice apologists…….you can’t seriously still try to pass off that she may have tripped on something coming out of the elevator, fell backward, hit her head and got knocked out cold…because we all weren’t there and didn’t see it? SMH!!!!!

    The entire nation, except baltimore, sees what kind of “man” he is. The press conference did nothing except show a player who is sorry he got caught. It’ll happen again because these guys have anger issues, and that’s what they do.

  67. Bill Belitext says: Jul 31, 2014 1:50 PM

    What a coincidence, the Ravens fans say that the Ravens players also can do no wrong

  68. Canton Bulldogs says: Jul 31, 2014 1:51 PM

    He is saying it out loud to other people. Just not to trolls like you. You just need to go away.

  69. pittsburghdamned says: Jul 31, 2014 1:58 PM

    Remember how vocal Midget Ray was about Hines Ward? “People look up to you…” blah blah

    Look at you now, clown.

  70. 2difshoe says: Jul 31, 2014 1:59 PM

    Look folks, we have this all wrong, Ray, he is good people. His wife has a unique gift where she can run so fast in an elevator that if she should run in to something, she could actually knock herself out cold.

    Ray is only saying he is sorry he let her run so fast in elevators and he should have been more concerned with her safety.

    I hope this clears it up for all of us.

  71. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Jul 31, 2014 2:00 PM

    He’s been given a chance to put it behind him and prove he’s not that guy. Say/do all the right things, and the image scrubbing begins. It worked for Ben and it will work for RR if he’s still running strong.

  72. thegonz13 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:03 PM

    His wife can do no wrong and it even seems she can take a punch, right Ray?

  73. celty00 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:04 PM

    So many people in general and on these boards jump to conclusions without any proof of what actually happened.

    Has anyone here see a video from the elevator?

    We are all guessing he punched his wife in the face, we don’t even know he hit her.

    Everyone is speculating on the situation and nobody here has any facts as to what actually happened.

    Doesn’t anyone realize that the 2 game suspension is from a Commissioner that more than likely has seen the video of the elevator and saw that it wasn’t what you all seem to think?

    I am tired of hearing people just feed off the media’s guessing of the situation.

    Ray was arrested and so was his wife, they both left together which would never happen if the police had a belief Ray punched his wife. You are all rediculous should just shut the hell up!

    He plays football for a living, who are we to judge him on his personal issues?

  74. babygaga19 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:04 PM

    Vegas giving 5-1 odds Ray will do it again! Once an abuser. . . . . . . . . .

  75. babygaga19 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:05 PM

    Wife was supposed to attend, but she had a fresh black eye and was missing teeth.

  76. clipper522 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:07 PM

    @Nofoolnodrool

    Your agenda, along with some others, to see Rice publicly executed is what is really disturbing.

    He faced cameras, genuinely owned his actions, shared the pain he goes through on a daily basis of failing his wife and family, apologized multiple times, is getting actual counseling, and vowed to dedicate his life to help end domestic violence.

    If that isn’t enough pain and regret for one man to go through, then what the rest of the mob wants must be close to crucifixion.

    He owes the public nothing more than what he gave today. Let the man fix his personal life with his personal family, which he is already striving towards.

    Best of luck to the Rice family, because it seems like the public eye just won’t let them heal.

  77. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 31, 2014 2:09 PM

    Glad that’s over now, and we can get back to discussing Ray Rice’s incerdible 2.0 yds per carry avg. I wonder of Mrs. Rice will be so forgiving when Rice gets benched, is out of the league and can’t afford to give her quarters for the slot machines.

  78. skinsrock says: Jul 31, 2014 2:10 PM

    Man, Ray Rice doesn’t owe the public anything… All that matters is his wife forgives him. Everyone acts like this doesn’t happen everyday in America. Turn on that white trash show “Cops” & you will see what I mean.

  79. 2difshoe says: Jul 31, 2014 2:16 PM

    skinsrock says:
    Jul 31, 2014 2:10 PM
    Man, Ray Rice doesn’t owe the public anything… All that matters is his wife forgives him. Everyone acts like this doesn’t happen everyday in America. Turn on that white trash show “Cops” & you will see what I mean.

    ==========================================

    Pot meet kettle !!!

  80. vwbrown19 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:17 PM

    Wish he would just go away really tired of seeing his ugly face and listening to his ignorant apologies.

  81. indians4evr says: Jul 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    Apparently, this site doesn’t like when you talk the truth. Monitors must be afraid their overseers will be mad at them. Anyone else in the World knocks out their woman and they end up in Jail, period. Regardless, if it was the first time. I thought this was hashed out the with the OJ and Nicole thing?

  82. linemanguy74 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    What a joke !!! Tell you what Ray people are not as stupid as you think they are

  83. fansrus says: Jul 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    “That’s not me.” We’ll, maybe not all of him (” me ” ), but yes, that’s him or part of Him. You can’t “own” the behavior or decision without admitting or at least acknowledging that, yes, “it’s me.” Where to draw the line between “mistake” and character issue or poor impulse control. I’d expect a bit more insight from a college-educated pillar of the community.

  84. southpaw2k says: Jul 31, 2014 2:24 PM

    I wonder where this outrage was when….

    Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenage girl in 2010;

    Santonio Holmes allegedly choked the mother of one of his children in 2006;

    former Bengals linebacker Ahmad Brooks punched a woman in the eye in 2008;

    then-Packer (now with the Colts) Eric Walden was charged with domestic abuse in 2011 and served a one-game suspension;

    or when former Steeler James Harrison was charged in 2008 with assaulting his then-girlfriend, and ultimately entered counseling.

    Should I keep going?

  85. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 31, 2014 2:25 PM

    IT’S OVER!!! lets play football so the Ravens can win this thing again.#3 headed this way and no team can do anything about it!!!!!

  86. nicofthenorthstar says: Jul 31, 2014 2:26 PM

    Too late.
    At this point a hugely wealthy corporation (the NFL, not just the ravens) has had their vast PR department going over “the incident”, the first news conference, an the abundance of media and public response. Based on that, they have sculpted a message for Sugar Ray Rice to deliver and thoroughly coached him on how to answer questions. You can assume with a very considerable degree of certainty that this has happened.
    In the first appearance before the media, his wife apologized for getting beat up and he did not apologize to her. What more is there to say?

  87. abcomment says: Jul 31, 2014 2:29 PM

    She literally can’t do wrong. That’s the rule in Ray’s house. If she does do wrong. We all know the consequences.

  88. fansrus says: Jul 31, 2014 2:29 PM

    The outrage is documented 3x per week in Phil Mushnick’s column in the NY Post. Check it out.

  89. everyfootballfan says: Jul 31, 2014 2:30 PM

    @nofoolnodrool
    Let me get this straight you mean to tell me he should tell the world everything him and his wife did to each other? I thought that would be personal and off limit but for the record could you tell us your personal business I would love to here it. Sarcasm…the world is full of idiots. Let it go. Smh

  90. themobrules says: Jul 31, 2014 2:39 PM

    The more you practice something, the better you get at it. Does a politician sound like he is lying to you?

  91. randomguy9999 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:54 PM

    so the NFL thinks smoking some weed deserves a year suspension…

    and committing aggravated battery on a woman, knocking her unconscious, then dragging her out of an elevator is 2 games?

    wow… so I guess it’s open season on women if you are an NFLer

  92. gergie1957 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:03 PM

    “My wife can do no wrong,” He knocked someone out that can do no wrong, What’s he going to do to her if she does wrong?

  93. 2bemoore43 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:08 PM

    dacktle49 July 31, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

    2bemoore43 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:21 PM HYPOCRITES! so none of you have ever made a regrettable mistake right? you just arent a public figure with cameras catching your every move. if Mrs. Rice forgave him, who in the hell are we to judge?

    Sure I have, but there is never an excuse for a man to punch a woman I guess different strokes different folks huh Pal? Where I’m from it’s not ok to knock your girlfriend out

    it aint where youre from. it aint about you. its their lives to live, not ours to judge. if you dont like him, dont buy the jersey. i didnt.

  94. 2bemoore43 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:11 PM

    y ill.

    bucrightoff July 31, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

    2bemoore43 says:Jul 31, 2014 12:21 PM

    HYPOCRITES! so none of you have ever made a regrettable mistake right? you just arent a public figure with cameras catching your every move. if Mrs. Rice forgave him, who in the hell are we to judge? ________________________________

    Do you really think she forgives him if he’s Ray Jones, normal guy making $35,000 a year? Yeah a little harder to walk away from a multi millionaire. Let’s not act naive, she’s interested in the money.

    thats a reflection of her, not him buddy

  95. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2014 3:14 PM

    everyfootballfan says:
    Jul 31, 2014 2:30 PM
    @nofoolnodrool
    Let me get this straight you mean to tell me he should tell the world everything him and his wife did to each other? I thought that would be personal and off limit but for the record could you tell us your personal business I would love to here it. Sarcasm…the world is full of idiots. Let it go. Smh

    1 0
    Report comment. The idiot here is the one not recognizing he would be better off answering the big question that Sal Palintino asked to put to rest how she was knocked out. His silence tells me he did it, but doesn’t have the guts to admit it to the public preferring to hide behind his scripted lines. The difference now is he is a recovering abuser on a team that coddles it’s criminals and fans who love their criminals.

  96. isphet71 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:18 PM

    “My wife can do no wrong that justifies me knocking her the F out” is what she should have said.

    Of course she can do wrong, and she will continue to. Everyone does (some way more than others!) It’s all in how you RESPOND to the wrong.

  97. guitarkevin says: Jul 31, 2014 3:31 PM

    I think it is rediculous for all of you on here to say it is “never” acceptable for a man to hit a woman.

    What if a woman is high on drugs and attacking you or your kids and there is no reasoning to be had. Are you just going to let her continue to attack you or your kids? What if this person is so full of rage from the drugs that you can’t physically remove her from this situation without hitting her? Are you just going to let it continue?

    Hmmm. Never say never.

  98. jtbsteeler says: Jul 31, 2014 3:33 PM

    Your fan base stood up out of their seats and gave this ….%(&*^ a standing ovation.

    Need I say more…

    The way your organization has been running things the last 13 months puts a stamp on you never being able to brag about “class” when it comes to your FO. That’s history!!!!

    The world will call your FO trash until the end of time.

  99. bunkmcnulty says: Jul 31, 2014 3:45 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Jul 31, 2014 12:28 PM
    Well he can’t unring the bell indeed, but he was more contrite this time and it was a good healthy sign to see that he is focused on truly getting better through counseling and committing to help others in the future. He handled the suspension punishment well by saying he wasn’t going to appeal no matter what the punishment was even if it was 8 games. And he’s right that it’s not his job to determine the sentence and he took what those people decided to give him.

    But most importantly I liked hearing him say several times about his passion to help kids and to be an ambassador to help others with domestic violence in the future. He may have dug a big hole and done something horribly wrong, but a loser is the one who can’t recognize that and can’t find a way to surface out of the hole and find a better purpose. He still has a chance to do great things in this world, and if he can help and improve the lives of children and couples then that’s a wonderful thing going forward.
    __________________________

    I am picking this post to use as example. Not because I’m mad at thestratgeyexpert. But so many of you have no clue about RR. He’s not just going to start working with kids. He has been doing that since he came to Baltimore. The one person said, why doesn’t he donate 2 more game checks to spousal abuse. He clearly stated that he needs to be better himself before he starts advocating for domestic violence and spousal abuse. How do we know he won’t?

    RR is one of the most outgoing Ravens in the community. This doesn’t excuse what he’s done, and not one person in the Ravens org has said it does. BUT, it also has to be factored in to a person’s character. Yes, the dreaded C word. Even people who have played high character roles can stumble. Heaven forbid we use the word mistake!

    And for those of you who saying she’s just staying for the money, well, if that’s the case, divorce him now. Then she gets her half to do whatever she wants now. If she waits, the pot of gold will diminish. Her take would be bigger now, than when he contract is up in 2 years.

    I hear everyone down on RR because of domestic violence issue. He deserves that. But these two people deserve a chance “to see” if they can improve their relationship and become better people on the other end of things.

  100. steelcurtainn says: Jul 31, 2014 3:49 PM

    This guys soft(unless women are involved). No wonder the steelers bury him every time they play.

  101. indywilson40 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:51 PM

    Ray, Because when she does wrong she gets knocked out.

  102. everyfootballfan says: Jul 31, 2014 4:04 PM

    You can say what you want but am detecting a lot of jealousy. Of all the professional ball players that have abused their spouse, never have I seen the abuse RR is given never. Just to list a few:

    I wonder where this outrage was when….

    Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenage girl in 2010;

    Santonio Holmes allegedly choked the mother of one of his children in 2006;

    former Bengals linebacker Ahmad Brooks punched a woman in the eye in 2008;

    then-Packer (now with the Colts) Eric Walden was charged with domestic abuse in 2011 and served a one-game suspension;

    or when former Steeler James Harrison was charged in 2008 with assaulting his then-girlfriend, and ultimately entered counseling.

    Yet a still it condemnation for RR. I think it goes deeper than that. The negative words you spew only set you up for a bigger fall in your own life. Many of you will make another mistake before year end. What ever message you send out to the world comes back to you from the world. So keep spewing that negativity. for they no not what they do. Ain’t no fun when the rabbit git the gun.

  103. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2014 4:06 PM

    I think it is rediculous for all of you on here to say it is “never” acceptable for a man to hit a woman.

    What if a woman is high on drugs and attacking you or your kids and there is no reasoning to be had. Are you just going to let her continue to attack you or your kids? What if this person is so full of rage from the drugs that you can’t physically remove her from this situation without hitting her? Are you just going to let it continue?

    Hmmm. Never say never.

    Bet you thought you had stumped the stars…right Kevin. Wrong! What is a person high on drugs near children in the first place. As a parent your job is to keep that crap away from them. You can play the what if game to suit any game you want, a lot like stats for you fantasy geeks. The bottom line is you never never put yourself and children in those situations and if you can’t do that someone more responsible needs to save your kids . This is not a game of ifs Kevin it’s about abuse….it’s real and Rice just admitted to it.

  104. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jul 31, 2014 4:13 PM

    southpaw2k says:
    Jul 31, 2014 2:24 PM
    I wonder where this outrage was when….

    Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenage girl in 2010;

    Santonio Holmes allegedly choked the mother of one of his children in 2006;

    former Bengals linebacker Ahmad Brooks punched a woman in the eye in 2008;

    then-Packer (now with the Colts) Eric Walden was charged with domestic abuse in 2011 and served a one-game suspension;

    or when former Steeler James Harrison was charged in 2008 with assaulting his then-girlfriend, and ultimately entered counseling.
    ———————————————

    The difference is, none of those guys got standing ovations from their fans when they showed themselves afterwards.

    But thanks for playing the “look at what they did to stop looking at what my guy did” game.

    You win a cookie.

  105. southpaw2k says: Jul 31, 2014 4:20 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:

    “The difference is, none of those guys got standing ovations from their fans when they showed themselves afterwards.

    But thanks for playing the “look at what they did to stop looking at what my guy did” game.

    You win a cookie.”

    ————————————————

    This isn’t about deflecting attention at all. Since the original incident in February, fans on here and people across the media have been screaming for Rice’s head on a plate to make him an example because of how important an issue domestic violence is. Keith Olbermann in particular went on his show to talk about how insulting the 2-game suspension was.

    If domestic violence is such an important issue that the league should take seriously, then why on earth didn’t people make a huge fuss about it – just to be aribitrary for a moment – in 2006 when Santonio Holmes choked the mother of his child? Why didn’t we scream for his head on a plate? Why didn’t Keith Olbermann go on TV and raise a fuss then?

    It’s NEVER okay to give domestic violence a pass, but that’s precisely what the media, fans, and the league office has done for at least the last 8 years, and probably longer. Ray Rice is merely the most recent (and perhaps most well-known) example of domestic violence involving an NFL player.

  106. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 31, 2014 4:23 PM

    The difference is, none of those guys got standing ovations from their fans when they showed themselves afterwards.

    But thanks for playing the “look at what they did to stop looking at what my guy did” game.

    You win a cookie.

    Touché and ouch!!! LOL

  107. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 31, 2014 4:28 PM

    100% of these comments on here are from men. Gee, I wonder how women feel about this situation. Wonder how they feel about violence against women. And this farce of an apology. Huh. I wonder… SMH

  108. si1m says: Jul 31, 2014 4:34 PM

    in this thread: People who want to feel better about themselves by disregarding anything Rice says, contrite or otherwise.

    Seems like a lousy way to live but hey, have fun with that. I sure will when the Ravens come to your stadium and leave with the W as you gnash your teeth in rage.

  109. notthetroll says: Jul 31, 2014 4:35 PM

    HYPOCRITES! so none of you have ever made a regrettable mistake right? you just arent a public figure with cameras catching your every move. if Mrs. Rice forgave him, who in the hell are we to judge?

    His wife forgave his paychecks, genius.

  110. wallydippins says: Jul 31, 2014 4:41 PM

    But if she does do wrong Ray, WHAM!, that will straighten her right up!

  111. podevil says: Jul 31, 2014 4:42 PM

    Scripted, insincere, load of crap..He was told what to say by some publicist that is trying to get him into a positive light..

    If the Ravens wanted to do that, they should have added to the suspension on their own… He may have been cheered in Baltimore, but there will be no standing ovations in any other city..

  112. higheriqthanyou says: Jul 31, 2014 4:48 PM

    “Can’t do no wrong” because if she does, I’ll knock her out.

  113. blingslade says: Jul 31, 2014 5:11 PM

    Anybody think Ray might just be in a very toxic relationship with this woman? Maybe she can really push his buttons.

    Nothing can justify him hitting or choking her but she just might not be the right woman for Ray AT ALL.

  114. stoogy says: Jul 31, 2014 5:25 PM

    No steeler player has ever had a run in with the law, just ask the fool or crown.

  115. 1mommicked1 says: Jul 31, 2014 6:30 PM

    At least he wasn’t drunk in a casino when “the incident” happened.

  116. djaehne says: Jul 31, 2014 7:22 PM

    She’s already rights to more than half of his total worth. He’ll play nice up to the next contract. If she had went ballistic on him he’d possibly lose some of that future worth. That is her security. Its all about the money, no matter what else is said.

  117. fansrus says: Jul 31, 2014 9:25 PM

    Let’s try this one more time. This was not just a mistake. This was anger, poor impulse control, a character issue, aggression. If it was your mother, wife, daughter or sister, would any of you still call it a “mistake?” Let’s be honest now. What justice would you ask for?

  118. bmorehomeofthewire says: Jul 31, 2014 10:10 PM

    RAY KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A SERIOUS TOPIC. AND IT HAPPENS IN EVERYDAY LIFE, UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU WASNT A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, MOST OF THESE IDIOTS WITH THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS WOULDN’T GIVE A DAMN!!!!

  119. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 1, 2014 3:49 AM

    Hey diddle diddle Ray Rice fumbles up the middle.

  120. partmachine says: Aug 1, 2014 7:12 AM

    Every player that’s ever committed an ugly crime like this, has in fact still been cheered by his team’s fans afterwards.

    To say otherwise is just plain stupid.

  121. guitarkevin says: Aug 1, 2014 8:24 AM

    Hey nofool,

    You wrote:
    Bet you thought you had stumped the stars…right Kevin. Wrong! What is a person high on drugs near children in the first place. As a parent your job is to keep that crap away from them. You can play the what if game to suit any game you want, a lot like stats for you fantasy geeks. The bottom line is you never never put yourself and children in those situations and if you can’t do that someone more responsible needs to save your kids . This is not a game of ifs Kevin it’s about abuse….it’s real and Rice just admitted to it.

    Do you really buy what you’re trying to sell here?

    It’s called being in public “fool”. If you are out in public, you don’t know who your going to come across. You could be in the grocery store, a clothing outlet, a sporting event – ANYWHERE!
    No matter what you do as a parent, to protect your kids, you have no control over anyone else.
    And if a situation occured where I had to protect my wife and kids and it meant hitting a woman to protect them – I won’t think twice about it.

  122. johnnyballsack says: Aug 1, 2014 12:33 PM

    For all you people buying his contrition crap, shame on you. In order to move forward you need to admit your mistakes of the past. By not answering the question of “what exactly happened in the elevator” he is choosing not to admit his mistakes.

    You know who else was a great public speaker? Hitler.

  123. scrogginsca says: Aug 1, 2014 2:33 PM

    People,

    Yes, I am a Ravens’ fan, who try to be objective about everything.

    Why does Rice owe us an explanation about what happen between him and his wife? If I had a situation between my wife or love one, it is none of your business. Yes, the video did not look good at all, but there is more to this story than we know. People say that a man should never hit a woman period. I agree that a man should never hit a woman, but I was raised by a woman,who told me to defend myself at all costs. The rumor in B-more is that she spit on him and attack him first. I am sorry, but no one is spitting on me and getting away with it. But again it is a rumor, just like what no one has saw the tape of the ENTIRE INCIDENT. I am not defending anyone, but it is not my place to judge him until I have all of the facts. I understand if people want to be mad at the Goodell or the State of NJ for potentially dropping the ball on the punishment. I say this because if Ben, who was not convicted of rape (I did rush to judgment on him either), then the punishment needs to be consistent.

  124. scrogginsca says: Aug 1, 2014 2:48 PM

    *I mean didn’t rush to judgement about Big Ben*

  125. johnnyballsack says: Aug 1, 2014 10:50 PM

    I agree that a man should never hit a woman, but I was raised by a woman,who told me to defend myself at all costs. The rumor in B-more is that she spit on him and attack him first. I am sorry, but no one is spitting on me and getting away with it.

    ————————————————

    Wow, I bet your father in law is really proud that his daughter married you. You would knock out your wife for spitting on you? That is not “defending yourself”, that is getting very angry, losing your cool and committing an act of violence.

  126. fmc651 says: Aug 7, 2014 3:27 PM

    Ray’s wife did plenty wrong when she helped Ray get off easy in this criminal case. She will pay for that herself down the road when he hits her again.

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