Ray Rice Regrets Not Helping Wife Up After Punching Her: “How Could I Have Done That?”
Football season is just around the corner, and like many free agents, Ray Rice has been working overtime to get picked up by a team before the preseason begins later this month. Unfortunately for the 28-year-old athlete, it seems that most teams view him as more of a liability than an asset. While he admits that he understands why people are reluctant to work with him, he insists that he’s a “rehabilitated man.”
Rice became the villain of the NFL after leaked elevator footage showed the former Baltimore Raven knock out his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, with a closed fist. Months after the incident, Rice was cut from the Ravens and suspended by the NFL indefinitely. He was was later reinstated to the league, but has not been picked up by a team.
“I’ve treated this year of me being out as an injury year. It’s not physical, it was mental. It was everything about rehabilitating myself to be the best, husband, father,” he told ESPN‘s Jemele Hill. “I’m not afraid to share right now that I’m a rehabilitated man.”
When asked what he felt he could do differently about the night that changed his life forever, Rice bizarrely shared that he regrets not helping his wife up off of the floor after hitting her.
“I didn’t help my wife up. I did everything wrong. At that moment, I was out of my mind not to help her up. That’s what plays over and over in my mind. Just leaving her there, how could I have done that?”
He later added that he should have never hit her in the first place.
“If I could do it different, I should have helped my wife up. I should have never put my hands on her, number one.”
As for his desire to return to the league this season, Rice says that he can only hope he’s given a second chance.
“I always preach one or two bad decisions, and your dream could become a nightmare. Well, I had to eat my own words. I truly lived a nightmare. There is no set in stone whether you’re going to get a second chance or not. I have to set my hope and faith and everything else that I’m doing in my life; I’m just really hopeful for a second chance.”
Watch Ray’s full interview below.