Ray Rice who has been essentially blackballed from the league after the video of him striking his wife was released, has done his best to make up for that mistake.
Ray Rice was considering a good guy before the tape came out and has acted like a good guy after the tape came out.
He made a mistake, he owned up to it, but because of the position he plays in the NFL and the PR issues it would cause a team if he was signed, he likely will never play football again.
The differences between he and Greg Hardy are that photos aren’t as shocking as video, Hardy is in his prime and plays a position that is valued by the NFL.
Out of all the media comments made since the photos were released, Rice gives the most sensical observation.
“It really shouldn’t take photos or anything to understand the severity of domestic violence. It happens every eight seconds as we speak. It does continue to raise awareness. It’s just a tough deal that sometimes it takes a visual and photos for the severity of it to be known. My deepest condolences go out to the survivors of domestic violence.”
“I’m only in a position to speak about myself and focus on my situation because every situation is different, but I totally understand that what my visuals did and the effect it had on society and the survivors of domestic violence. So for me to never be forgiven, I understand those things and I totally take full responsibility for my actions.”
People say they want athletes to be humbled when they get in trouble and show remorse, but the reality is no matter how remorseful you are it comes down to your talent and how valued your position is to get another chance in the league.
If Rice was a shutdown corner or all-pro QB he would be playing in the NFL this Sunday.