Then-suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice and his wife, Janay Palmer, arrive for a hearing on Nov. 5, 2014, in New York City.
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Ray Rice has issued an apology via a statement to the city of Baltimore for the domestic violence scandal he became entrenched in that prompted a nationwide discussion about domestic assault, the New York Post reports.

It’s been almost a year since Rice was arrested for assaulting his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the elevator of an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. Video footage released of the incident showed Rice punching Janay and rendering her unconscious.

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“To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorry for letting you down but I hope it’s helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare,” he said in the statement, addressed to “Dear Baltimore.”

“There is no excuse for domestic violence and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made,” he added. “I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by raising awareness of this issue.”

The assault, as the Post notes, led to the strengthening of NFL policies on domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Rice, who was let go from the Ravens following the assault, had spent his seven-year career with that team. He also thanked the team and the city in his note. “The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives,” he wrote. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown my family and I throughout my football career.

“We’ll always be grateful for the love we’ve received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl,” Rice added. “I’ll always be proud to say I played for the Baltimore Ravens.”

As the Post notes, Rice pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault in May and entered into a pretrial intervention program.

Read more at the New York Post.