It has been nearly two and a half years since Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee, now-wife, Janay Rice, in a New Jersey hotel casino elevator, being cut by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Rice won his appeal and was reinstated back into the league in November 2014. Although he has expressed extreme contrition at every opportunity since, no NFL franchise has bothered giving him a shot since his egregious act.
And now, in what could be a last-ditch effort to get a chance, Rice is stacking all of his chips in the center of the table — literally. Rice says he will donate his full season's salary to domestic violence prevention, victims and families if given a chance to play in the NFL this fall.
“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” Rice told USA Today Sports. “Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness."
Rice added, “People need homes. People need shelter when they’re in a crucial situation. I’ve donated a lot of money to charities, but I had a situation where it was a national crisis. I’m not saying I’d be [donating the salary] to get on the field, but it’s something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way.”
There are certainly NFL teams in need of a rushing game.
In his last full season in 2013, Rice rushed for 660 yards and four touchdowns on 214 carries while hauling in 58 receptions for another 321 yards.
Will Ray finally get that second chance he wants so bad?
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