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Ray Rice Writes Apology Letter to Baltimore

Last year, Ray Rice was pretty much public enemy #1 in the court of public opinion after video was released of the Baltimore Ravens star assaulting his then-fiance in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City. Rice was cut from the Ravens and suspended from the NFL as a result, and although he’s recently been reinstated to the league, he’s essentially a man without a team, at the moment. Perhaps that’s part of the motivation behind his latest move.

Rice has written a formal apology letter to the people of Baltimore for letting them down. The letter reads as a sincere expression of his shame over what happened, and his regret over having disappointed his fans. Yet there’s also a damage control element to the letter, since it’s unlikely a team is going to hire Rice unless they can be certain he’s not only remorseful over what he’s done, but intent on making sure it never happens again. It remains to be seen whether or not Rice will land on another team, but he at least seems to recognize that his mistake is a teaching moment. “To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorry for letting you down,” Rice writes, “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.”

But will Rice be forgiven by the court of public opinion? Read Ray Rice’s formal apology letter to Baltimore below:

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.

Thank you.

— Ray Rice

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Ray Rice Apologizes to Baltimore in Official Statement

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