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.

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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.

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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.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.

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Read more at the New York Post.