"I knew today was going to be another very difficult day for me and my family," said Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in his first press conference since the announcement of his two-game suspension from the NFL. Rice was apologetic throughout his conversation with media, though refused to relive the domestic abuse incident, or describe it in detail. After Rice spoke, he was immediately asked about the specifics of the night in the elevator. Later on, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio asked the same question, but Rice still held fast in his refusal to discuss the events of the night. The only detail Rice conceded was that the incident was isolated. "It was the first time it happened," he said.
Rice detailed the recovery process that he and his wife have gone through in order to rebuild their relationship: "We're in counseling. We're taking the necessary steps to move forward...Counseling has allowed me to interact with my inner-self."
"I just want to apologize to any woman who has been involved in any domestic [incident], or any kind of violence," he added.
"Me and my wife, when the time is right...will go out there to speak out against domestic violence," Rice pledged. "It's completely inexcusable." He also stated, "It hurts that I gotta be father and explain [the incident] to my daughter."
However, certain members of Twitter weren't buying Rice's apology. They also pointed out a number of statements from Rice that were potentially indicative of just how far the Ravens running back still has to go in his understanding of the severity of this incident:
Some believe that Rice painted himself as the victim in the situation. Obviously, the pain of domestic violence is decidedly more significant than a two-game suspension in the NFL. And the pain that his wife is experiencing as the actual victim is decidedly more significant than what he must undergo.
What are your thoughts? Do you buy Rice's apology? Or do you think he still doesn't fully understand the consequences of his actions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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