Ray Rice: ‘Me and My Wife Had One Bad Night’

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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is taking “full responsibility” for his mistakes and hoping for a second chance in the NFL following an arbitrator’s decision to overturn his indefinite suspension for the assault of his now-wife in an Atlantic City casino.

Rice, who was reinstated to the NFL on Friday, spoke about his future in football during an interview that aired Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show.

Asked what it would take for a team to sign him, Rice said, “They would have to be willing to 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.”

Accompanied by Janay and her parents during the interview, Rice also said he would be willing to “sacrifice” for his wife in the event that no team would want him.

“If I never play football again, I’ll be honest with you, I would adapt into life and I would sacrifice more so she can have a better future,” he said.

At least four teams have expressed interest in Rice, multiple league sources recently told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Two of those teams are the Colts and Saints, although neither team is expected to pursue him, sources told Schefter.

The NFC West-leading Cardinals also are not considering signing Rice, a league source told ESPN’s Ed Werder. Despite the hip injury suffered this past Sunday by starting running back Andre Ellington, the Cardinals have “no interest” in Rice, according to the source.

A source close to Rice told Werder that the priority is to have the three-time Pro Bowler signed with a team by this weekend.

Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of him hitting Janay, his then-fiancée, emerged and began widely circulating. The Ravens released Rice that day. The incident occurred in February inside an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino.

Rice said during the interview that he is “horribly sorry for everything that I have put my family through.”

“We all just want our lives back,” he said. “I realize football was one thing, but now I realize that the amount of people we’ve affected, the amount of families we’ve affected, that domestic violence is a real issue in society.

“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.”

The Rices had a June meeting with Goodell, who initially issued a two-game suspension before increasing it to indefinite after the release of the in-elevator video.

Janay Rice told the “Today” show in a different interview that Goodell wasn’t being honest when he said her husband was “ambiguous” about hitting her.

“I know for a fact … that Ray told the honest truth that he’s been telling from February,” Janay Rice told the “Today” show in an interview that was broadcast Monday.

As for Goodell, she said: “I can’t say he’s telling the truth.”

Ray Rice acknowledged that he understands inquiries into whether prior instances of domestic violence had occurred with his wife.

“I truly understand that, and one thing you learn is that, we weren’t in a perfect relationship,” he said. “No relationship is perfect. We’ve had arguments, but when you talk about abuse, that’s something that we know that we’d never cross that path. … (The incident in the elevator) was just very uncharacteristic of myself. I take responsibility. That was very uncharacteristic.”

Watch Ray Rice’s interview below:

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Gabrielle Union Hijacks Husband’s Post Game Interview (Watch)

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Gabrielle Union has a movie coming out on Friday, and what better way to get yourself some free press than to videobomb your husband’s postgame interview on live television.

“He did good for an old geezer,” she said after popping up in Dwyane Wade’s Q&A following his Miami Heat team’s win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Union, starring as Chris Rock’s wife in “Top Five,” gave her unsolicited comments on Wade’s performance after he scored 27 points on 18 shots.

Watch below:

 

Ray Rice Wins Appeal: Now Eligible for Immediate NFL Return

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Multiple outlets are reporting that former BALTIMORE RAVENS running back Ray Rice has won his appeal of an indefinite suspension and has been reinstated to the NFL. He’s now eligible to sign with any NFL team.

Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a VIDEO of him hitting his then-fiancée was released publicly.

Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome testified under oath Nov. 6 in Rice’s appeal hearing that he heard the former Baltimore running back tell Goodell during his June 16 disciplinary hearing that he had hit his then-fiancée in a casino HOTEL elevator, sources told “Outside the Lines.”

Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension ended Nov. 6 in the OFFICES of Judge Barbara Jones, who decided the appeal outcome. Rice also testified, as did his wife, Janay.

DETAILS of what Rice and his wife testified to Nov. 6 and what Goodell said Nov. 5 were not released because of a gag order that Jones imposed. But sources said Newsome backed Rice’s previous accounts of what he told Goodell. Goodell spent the majority of his time testifying under cross-examination by outside union attorney Jeffrey Kessler, sources said.

Rice, 27, is a three-time Pro Bowler and helped the Ravens WIN Super Bowl XLVII. He rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns in six seasons with Baltimore.

 

Ray Rice to Break Silence with ‘Today Show’s’ Matt Lauer (Report)

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Ray Rice will reportedly sit down with Matt Lauer for his first television interview since the elevator footage of his domestic incident rocked the NFL and caused his suspension.

According to TMZ, the interview is expected to air sometime between now and Nov. 26, and it’s unclear if Ray’s wife Janay Rice will participate in the interview.

Rice hasn’t spoken publically since the video was released but did appear at a New Rochelle, N.Y. HIGH SCHOOL football game in September. Janay Rice has used social media to express herself, posting pleas for privacy on Instagram after the video surfaced and tweeting about offensive Ray Rice Halloween costumes.

 

Carmelo Anthony Pops Up on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (Watch)

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NEW YORK KNICKS star Carmelo Anthony had somewhat of an opening act to tonight’s season opener against the Chicago Bulls.

On Tuesday night, he popped up unexpectedly on an episode of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”

He had one line in his one scene, but his “assist” in handing a knife to his crew member ended up with another character’s fingers being cut off.

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LeBron James Featured in ‘First Home Game’ Sprite Commercial (Watch)

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LEBRON JAMES wanted to show how ready he is to come back home for the first CLEVELAND CAVALIERS home game since he left in 2010.

He is the star of the “First Home Game” Sprite commercial — playing homage to the city that raised him by visiting Patterson Park in Akron, OH.

The commercial is getting fans fired up about the Cleveland Cavaliers going up against the NEW YORK KNICKS on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Akron.

The commercial was shot when james returned home last month where he spent his childhood learning the ropes of basketball.

He shared how excited he is Sprite revamped two community basketball courts in Akron on social media. Also, he’s clearly excited for his grand return home, according to YBF.

“Made a lot of great memories at Patterson Park as a kid shooting hoops and running up THAT HILL!” he said. “Feels great to give back to the kids in North Hill who use it today.”

He added, “I hope you guys enjoy these courts and make your own great memories. You can be whatever you want to be… doctor, janitor, lawyer, teacher, police officer, football player, bus DRIVER, etc. as long as you keep your PROMISES and work hard. Special s/o to Sprite and Futura for making this happen. #IPROMISE #StriveForGreatness”

Watch the commercial below:

 

Ray Rice Files Grievance Against The Baltimore Ravens

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Media sources report that Rice has filed a grievance against the Baltimore Ravens to challenge the team’s decision to terminate his contract on Sept. 8.

Rice argues that the Collective Bargaining Agreement permits one punishment for infraction. In July, the NFL suspended Rice two games after a video surfaced of him assaulting his then-fiancée in the head in an Atlantic City elevator. immediately after the video came to light, the Ravens cut Rice, who was also suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

If he is successful with the grievances, Rice stands to collect a sizeable payday with him being eligible to receive $3.52 million from the Ravens. The amount is what he would have earned if he were reinstated as of Week Three of the regular season.

According to reports, Rice’s grievance against the NFL is set for Nov. 5 and 6. At this time, it is not known when his grievance against the Ravens will be resolved.

 

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