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.”