Domestic violence prevention group wants Ray Rice to get chance

AP

Ray Rice still doesn’t have much substantial interest, but he is building a base of people behind him, pushing for him to get another chance to play in the NFL.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, the co-founders of a national anti-domestic violence group are calling for Rice to get another chance. Coupled with the support of former coach Greg Schiano, they’re hoping it gets him an invitation to a training camp.

Both Tony Porter and Ted Bunch, co-counders of “A Call To Men,” have worked with Rice since November, and they think he deserves a chance to play.

“We have been around a lot of abusive men, but our experience with Ray has been tremendously positive,” Porter said this weekend. “We feel strongly about him having the opportunity of having a second chance. He’s deserving of it.”

Porter and Bunch have worked up-close with Rice, watching him speak to athletes at Rutgers and at his old high school, sharing a message about learning from mistakes and growing from the.

“He’s held himself accountable,” Bunch said. “He is saying everything that you would want him to say and doing everything that you would want him to do. So why wouldn’t he deserve another chance? His work in the area of educating young men is more important than him getting back on the field. He knows that and has said that to us. He is seeing the bigger picture. He has a desire to compete again, but also to make a difference in the world. This is what mistakes should be about; learning from them and teaching others. We’ve been in front of a lot of batterers. He is as transparent as I’ve seen, and as sincere as I’ve seen.”

He’s also coming off a 3.1 yards per carry season the last time he played football. While Rice’s contrition might be pure and his intentions good, that could ultimately be the thing keeping him off the field when players such as Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson are both on it, and handsomely rewarded.

30 responses to “Domestic violence prevention group wants Ray Rice to get chance

  1. “Group led by men, appearing to be FOR men, wants Ray Rice to get a chance”

    Completely different.

  2. Why shouldn’t he? If dog murderers and drunk drivers who kill people get second chances along with a guy who beats his kids with a stick until they bleed then so should a guy who hit his woman apparently only one time and has shown great remorse over it and his woman has forgiven him and moved on.

    I guess maybe in this society killing someone with your car or killing innocent dogs or abusing 3 year old children is not as bad as the apparently punishable by death crime of hitting a woman and in this case after she hits you.

  3. Yes 3.1 ypc. You see that line? Some ignorant people. How many other Athletes go around speaking to youth after they commit a crime? I think Ray has more than paid his price at this point.

  4. ….Ray is’nt employeed by a NFL team at this point because of the domestic violence , he’s unemployeed because his skills have diministed drastically and he’s just too darn expensive to sign….even at a veteran min. Football fans UNDERSTAND this…NON-football fools do not. They would like to continue to make this a domestic violence issue.

  5. It’s starting to look like the domestic violence incident is keeping an otherwise washed up name in football.

    Rice’s numbers were down before the incident and had it never happened, this summer very well might’ve found him waiting for the phone to ring…and with NO support like what this article describes.

  6. Rice doesn’t have a team because he’s over the hill and was showing all the signs of being a worn-out back before any of this came out.
    If he was still effective then he would be on a team, like Hardy and Peterson.

  7. The knock on Rice out of college was that he had back-to-back years of 300+ carries at Rutgers and teams were afraid he would burn out faster.

    That seems to be the case. Still, he does deserve an invite to camp. He gets cut if he isn’t good enough.

    Good to know there is another career out there for him to make a positive impact in the world.

  8. If I thought he could still play at an NFL level, I’d be all for him being given a shot at making a team. I don’t believe he should be blackballed for something that he’s already been punished for (and forgiven for, btw, she still married him).

    That said, his last season of NFL play showed him to have lost burst and ability to break tackles. Even when he saw the hole in time he couldn’t get through it.

    Nobody is GIVEN anything. He could have earned a shot by playing in Canada this summer like other marginal bubble players do to earn a chance in the NFL. Instead of playing football Rice is playing a PR game. He loses. He’s done.

  9. All this 3.1 ypc talk. Ravens fans saw he was primed for a great season before the incident. He looked the best shape since he had been on the team. I’m sick of it, but I get it. Look at training camp videos and articles about Ray pre-incident…

  10. Teams aren’t signing Rice because he is an aging player at an undervalued position and his talents are questionable at this point.

    Does anyone really think if he could rush the passer or if he had the talents of AP, who happens to be one of the greatest RB’s of all time, that he wouldn’t be on an NFL roster right now?

    That’s just silly.

  11. It is not domestic violence that is keeping Rice out of NFL. It’s that 3.1 ypc from his last year. Lot’s of cheaper players w/out the baggage can do that. If he could play somebody would have picked him up long ago. Players have killed people and got second and 3rd chances if they could play.

  12. The Ray Rice situation is much different than the Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson situations.

    While Hardy left behind an incriminating 9-1-1 audio recording and Peterson left behind undeniable physical evidence of cuts and bruises, Ray’s incident was caught on video and seen by the entire world.

    Hearing an incident on an audio recording or seeing the physical aftermath is damning, but witnessing it on video leaves nothing to the imagination and takes away almost every mitigating argument.

    Ray Rice is a scumbag who punches women at a time where society will not tolerate that type of behavior any longer.

  13. Rice isn’t on an NFL team, not because of the domestic violence issue, but becausee he’s done. Petersen & Hardy are not done, hence they get 2nd chances.

  14. For all of you saying Rice isn’t getting another chance because of his stats in his last year of playing…Did you know he had a hip injury for the majority of the year? Did you realize the offensive line was AWFUL that year?

    He was in great shape in training camp last year and would have had the same production as Forsett had he played. And..if he does get a chance with some team in training camp, and he’s not getting it done, then all they have to do is cut him.

  15. Ravens fans understand that he might be done, although they seem to be the only ones attentive enough to also understand the roles that his putrid Oline and his poorly-conceived weight gain played in his last season, and that he was showing significant signs of revitalization during the last camp prior to his suspension.

    Their point is that he should be given another chance to show a team whether he can play instead of being mindlessly bashed forever, such that teams are scared off from signing by reflexive public reaction (which is so often demonstrated on this board). Given what we see about teams signing other borderline talents especially as the season goes on (Exhibit A – Steelers signing Ben Tate before a playoff game), it’s easy to see Rice is not likely to be worse and probably has a much better upside. I’ve said before I think he will eventually get signed somewhere. We’ll see how he does.

  16. For those who point out that in 2013 Rice had a 3.1 YPC keep in mind two things:

    1. He had a hip injury
    2. The offensive line was one of the worst in football in 2013.
    3. One bad year happens.

  17. First, I’m a Rutgers graduate. That means I have a bit more emotion in this issue than some of the posters above. Secondly, President Obama said the U.S. is a nation that gives repentant people a second chance. Thirdly, between the Hulk Hogan non-incident of saying something foolish eight years ago and losing his job for it and Ray Rice being given a lifetime (or at least a potential career-years) sentence by other sinners, I’m more than sick and tired of the moral moron minority denying a fellow sinner his right to maintain his livelihood.

  18. Now neither is right on any scale of values, but Vick electrocuted and consciously murdered “unfightable” dogs and immediately is given a second chance, but this guy throws one punch and is nobody is even kickin’ the tires?

  19. Any guy who was backed into he corner of a closed elevator and being swung on multiple times and defended himself… should get a chance. As soon as the threat to his life was over… he stopped.

    But none of that means he’s any good. Just the benefit of flacco checking the ball down before even making one read. No speed, no power, and no good at blocking. Not a very good mix for an NFL running back.

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