Ray Rice Just Made Things Worse By Saying it Was "One Bad Night"
Ray Rice just never learns, and that's unfortunately not a surprise. In an interview with the Matt Lauer from Today, the former Baltimore Ravens runningback spoke about the "elevator incident," in which he punched his then fiance and now wife and then dragged her unconscious body out of the elevator. In the interview Rice said that he was worried about what his daughter would find out about the incident in the future. Per E! Online: "The 27-year-old athlete worries about what he and Janay's young daughter will think when she's old enough to 'Google her father's name and the first thing that's going to come up is—you know what's going to come up.'" The rest of the interview follows in kind, with Rice again patently misunderstanding the gravity of the horror he committed, as he just dug himself into a deeper hole.
Not that Rice shouldn't be worried about what his daughter finds out about his past. But she should and will find out. For some reason, Rice turned the conversation on the future of his career and whether or not it was likely that he would ever play for another team again, with his most damning statement:
They [the team] would have to be willing to, you know, look deeper into who I am and realize that me and my wife had one bad night, and I took full responsibility for it. And one thing about my punishment and everything going along with anything that happened is that I've accepted it. I went fully forward with it. I never complained, or I never did anything like that. I took full responsibility for everything that I did, and the only thing I can hope for and wish for is a second chance.
You know what they say about repeating something over and over again: if you have to say it again, it's probably a lie. "One bad night" is the biggest barb — according to the American Bar Association, 41 percent of victims reported that they were re-assaulted by the partners in the 30 month period after trial, and that's just of cases that have been reported.
Some other choice words from the tragically misguided Rice:
If I never play football again... I would adapt into life and I would sacrifice more so she can have a better future.
We could take our one bad night—it just happened to be on video—but we are truly sorry to the people that are really going through it. You know, it's a real problem. And I know when the time is right, I know my wife wants to help. I know I want to help.
Again with the "one bad night" assertion. Also, I don't know how comfortable victims of domestic abuse would be with Rice trying to be an "ally."
We all just want our lives back.
Should have thought about that before committing such a horrendous offense.
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