Amid the controversy surrounding former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, another infamous domestic violence incident has resurfaced.
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, made an appearance on “CBS This Morning” and spoke to co-host Gayle King about how they’re dealing with the aftermath of their February 2014 altercation.
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Rice was seen on video dragging his unconscious then-fiancee from an elevator. A second video later showed Rice had punched her and knocked her out. Last month, TMZ released a video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel.
Given the likeness of the two videos, Rice said the Hunt leak had an affect on the couple.
“Well, obviously, you know, you look back and you see the similarities,” Rice said. “Early on you could feel like ‘Why they keep bringing my name up?’ You can make excuses or you can actually do the hard work.”
While some question Rice’s motive as an attempt to get back on the field, he insisted he has “no desire” to play football anymore and wants to help other athletes struggling with the same problems.
“I hate that person. I hate him….Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other – I actually got my second chance,” Rice said.
“I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence,” Rice added. “Well, see that for me, is something that I understand why it was being said early on about, you know, is this a ploy to get back into football. And I’ll be the first one to say it. I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football. The pressure I was under of being a star that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice acknowledged he hasn’t spoken to Hunt, but said he is willing to sit down with him.
“One of the underlying issues for me was – I never wanted to ask for help. Football, for me, was my counseling. It was my therapy. It was my psychologist. It was everything,” Rice said.
“I would love to help anyone that’s willing to go the long haul.”
Depsite the backlash involving players like Hunt and Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster with a history of domestic violence, Rice believes the NFL is moving in the right direction.
“They’re trying to do the right thing…I know they are working with groups to try to get more of an understanding. And they’re doing the work,” Rice said. “I know the NFL…they’re not trying to push – they’re not trying to push people who do bad things or abuse against women. They’re not trying to push those guys on the field.”