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.

Itā€™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.


ā€œTo all the kids who looked up to me, Iā€™m truly sorry forĀ letting you down but I hope itā€™s helped you learn that one badĀ decision can turn your dream into a nightmare,ā€ he said in theĀ statement, addressed to ā€œDear Baltimore.ā€

ā€œThere is no excuse for domestic violence and I apologizeĀ for the horrible mistake I made,ā€ he added. ā€œI hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and IĀ hope to make a positive difference in peopleā€™s lives by raisingĀ awareness of this issue.ā€

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


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.Ā ā€œThe last seven years that my family and I have spent inĀ Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives,ā€ he wrote. ā€œFrom the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love andĀ support youā€™ve shown my family and I throughout my footballĀ career.

ā€œWeā€™ll always be grateful for the love weā€™ve received fromĀ all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl,ā€Ā Rice added.Ā ā€œIā€™ll always be proud to say I played for the BaltimoreĀ Ravens.ā€


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.