Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice: ‘I’m done with football’

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is not trying to make an NFL comeback while publicly speaking out against domestic violence. 

Speaking to CBS This Morning, the former All-Pro and his wife Janay Rice, commented on domestic violence in the NFL and the similarities between his banishment from the NFL and Kareem Hunt. Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs and placed on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list after a video him pushing a woman surfaced.

“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,” Rice said.

The former Super Bowl champion was ousted from the NFL in 2014 after a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in an elevator and dragging her out of it. 

“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, as the couple ended up marrying a week later.

But as far as making a return to the gridiron? Rice says he’s done. 

“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,” he said.

Rice has been coaching high school football in Connecticut, and he and his wife have remained an outspoken voice on the effects of domestic violence. Rice said he has worked with the NFL on its domestic violence education program.  

“I know they are working with groups to try to get more of an understanding [on domestice violence]. And they’re doing the work,” he said.

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