Ray Rice: ‘I’m Optimistic That I’ll Get a 2nd Chance’ in NFL

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Ray Rice is trying to do and say all the right things as he continues his climb back into the NFL. The former Ravens star opened up about a lot of things during a wide-ranging interview with the Baltimore Sun.

Rice — who admitted to contemplating suicide — believes he’ll get another shot in the NFL.

“I’m optimistic that I’ll get a second chance,” Rice said. “I don’t think this boils down to whether I can play football or not. Obviously I know that. I just think there’s so much more that comes with it. I know the PR side of it will be tough. I understand that. I just know that if a team that really truly genuinely looks at me and understood that this guy made a horrible mistake then they can structure a plan for me.”

Said Rice: “I don’t like to be singled out, I like to be part of the team, if they can understand that I’ll do anything to help the situation and go out and give them the best football I got, I think I’ll get a second chance.”

The 28-year-old Rice was reinstated in November when Judge Barbara S. Jones ruled that he did not mislead Commissioner Roger Goodell, and therefore, should not have been disciplined beyond his initial two-game suspension.

Rice believes he’ll convince teams that “he’s owned up to his mistakes.”

“I would let them know all the steps I’ve done to become a better person and not figure everything out like I was perfect,” Rice said. “I would tell them about my counseling. I would tell them about my wife. I can’t buy my wife, no matter what. I’ve known her since high school. There was no money that was going to appease her. If this was that bad of a situation, then my wife wouldn’t be with me and I know that and that would have crushed me more than losing football. I would just reassure them that the person that created this, that committed that horrible act of violence that’s not the person, that’s not who I am.”

Ray Rice: I See Why People Commit Suicide

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Suicide is a serious issue, so I hope that Ray Rice didn’t throw this out there looking for sympathy. He did a horrible thing, but there are a lot more people in the world worse off than Ray Rice. He isn’t playing football, but he also isn’t in jail. I can understand feeling down about your situations, but I also hope that he is counting his blessings.

Here are the quotes courtesy of FTW.

“It’s tough, I realize that’s a battle I’m going to have to face for the rest of my life,” Rice told the Baltimore Sun. “Time does heal everything, but I don’t think people are going to forget this. I want people to not forget about the incident, but I want people to see there’s a human being on the other side. This is not a monster, a guy who’s a repeat offender. I’m not the guy they stereotype me to be. I’m not excusing what I did.”

“The big picture of it all, being the person that I am, I really felt horrible,” Rice told the newspaper. “You almost want to punish yourself. I know I’m never going to win the battle of public opinion. Honestly, I almost felt like at one point that it wasn’t worth living. I see why people commit suicide

In the end, I don’t think Ray Rice’s actions off the field are why teams are going to shy away from him.  I believe they don’t think his on the field production is worth the PR drama that comes with bringing him in.

Fantasy Football Website Offers Ray Rice $1M Contract… With a Catch

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Ray Rice has an offer on the table that will allow him to fall back — earn a million plus per year — he just has to keep his hands to himself.

ProDraftLeague.com, has offered Rice a $500k salary — $500k in incentives — to be an official PRO Draft League Fantasy Insider.

CEO Mark Tadros tells TMZ, “Mr. Rice has shown deep remorse for his act of domestic violence and I feel he deserves a second chance.”
We’re told the job is a 1-year gig which pays a $500k base salary and includes another $500k in bonuses based on membership milestones.
Rice’s job obligations would include:
— 2 TV commercials
— 2 viral videos
— 1 photo shoot
— 30 media interviews
— weekly column with personal analysis on which NFL players to play
— field reporter work, interviewing various NFL players for the site

With any lucrative offer — there’s always a catch.

Rice — who was banned from the NFL for upper cutting his wife in an elevator — would forfeit and have to return that money if he hits his wife again.

Should he accept?

Ray Rice Wins Appeal Of His Suspension, Will He Be Signed?

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It sounds like the fix is in.

Even if Rice is victorious, will any teams sign him?

According to various reports, Rice has won his grievance appeal to be reinstated to the NFL.

The win isn’t as important as finding out if there is a team in the NFL who’ll take the heat that will go with signing Rice.

You have to wonder if the Colts, Patriots, or Raiders would have an interest. The Colts and Patriots have strong, level headed coaches who could deal with the ire of signing Rice.

The Ray Rice Halloween Costume is Really Happening (Photos)

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If people are going to dress up in Ebola costumes you knew they were going to do Ray Rice. It has already started and I expect to see more variations as we get closer to Halloween.

With Halloween there is a fine line between humor, bad taste and racism. Where does this fall, I leave that up to you to decide.

Report: NFL Could Reinstate Ray Rice Within A Month

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It doesn’t mean anyone will sign him, but Ray Rice could eligible return to the NFL within the next four weeks after a decision is made on his indefinite suspension.

The NFL initially suspended Rice for two games prior to TMZ releasing video of the former Ravens running back spitting on the fiancee Janay Palmer, and knocking her unconcscious.

An appeal hearing date has been set, with a final decision expected to come in an expeditious manner thereafter, and all of that could be resolved by mid-November, which would conceivably allow Rice to sign with another team this season.

Perhaps, even if reinstated, teams will find him too controversial to sign, but there is every expectation his playing status will be resolved before the NFL’s investigation into its handling of his case, being conducted by former FBI chief Robert Mueller, is completed.

Rice is working to have his case resolved regardless of the investigation into the Ravens handling of his case.

NFLPA To Conduct Investigation Into Ray Rice Case

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The NFLPA will reportedly conduct its own investigation into the Ray Rice situation and the way it was handled by the NFL and the Ravens.

According to reports, the NFLPA has tabbed a former federal prosecutor to get to the bottom of things.

“As a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Smith brings tremendous experience and expertise,” they said. “The NFLPA will request that the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens cooperate in the interest of transparency. This investigation will run parallel to Rice’s appeal.”

Regardless of how the league and the Ravens feel about Rice striking his then fiancee, he has rights as a player, and the double punishment goes against the leagues due process.

Ravens Owner Says Janay Is Suffering Because Her Husband is Unemployed

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I will say this about Steve Bisciotti’s press conference, he wasn’t ducking and dodging as much as Roger Goodell and maybe to his detriment he was a bit too honest. Case in point, when asked had he forgotten the victim in this case was Janay Palmer here is what he had to say.

That is a brutally honest answer that isn’t going to sit well with a lot of people. The people who feel that Janay is staying with an abuser out of fear and will think it is was a terribly insensitive thing to say. Also, it isn’t like they are hurting for money currently, Rice has made $25 million while a member of the Ravens.

When you are freestyling a press conference, things like this fly out of your mouth. You are sort of damn if you do, damn if you don’t. If you don’t speak, people ask why you aren’t speaking. If you do speak and say nothing like Roger Goodell then people will crush you. If you speak off the cuff, you  run the risk of saying something that you wouldn’t normally say in a more control environment.

Whole thing has just turned into one big mess, that I am not sure will ever be cleaned up.




Ravens Owner: “Ray Rice Can Work For Me”

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Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti did his best to spin the Ray Rice fiasco into a positive for the organization.

Bisciotti made it clear that it was Rice’s darkest moment and that he’d never play for the Ravens again.  Bisciotti did make it clear though that he didn’t try to blackmail Rice when he exchanged text with Rice after releasing him.

At his press conference on Monday, Bisciotti addressed the idea of trying to pay off Rice.

“If I cut a guy making $6 million a year — if I’m promising him to be by his side and hire him for $100,000 a year five years from now so he can help Harry Swayne in our player development department — if that is considered worthy of him going along, I find that rather absurd because it would take him 250 years to make back the $25 million that I took away from him by cutting him.”

Bisciotti says he forgives Rice, and that the running back could definitely come back and work for him in player personnel down the line.

Ravens Owner On Ray Rice: “He Will Never Play For Us Again”

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Ray Rice may eventually get reinstated to the NFL, but according to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, the former all pro is done with the organization.

Bisciotti made it clear that Rice would be welcomed back into the fold after he retires, but he’d never play another down of football in the city.

The Ravens definitely handled the press conference better than Commissioner Goodell a few days ago.