By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: July 31st, 2014 at 12:20 pm EST
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice addressed the media for the first time since his two-game suspension. The NFL suspended Rice following his February arrest in Atlantic City on simple assault chargers.
“I apologize to anyone who’s been involved in domestic violence,” Rice said.
During the domestic violence incident, TMZ posted a video that showed Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. Following the team would release a press release in February saying that domestic violence is a “serious matter.”
In March of this year, he was indicted on third-degree aggravated assault. This charge carries with it a potential three to five years and a fine up to $15,000.
“This is the first time it happened, and it won’t happen again,” he said. “I’m not perfect and I have a lot of things to work on.”
During his press conference, Rice would not answer what happened in the elevator that day. He also mentioned that it sticks with him to this day, and he has to talk to his daughter about it one day.
“I know that a lot of people out there have lost respect … maybe not like me anymore,” Rice acknowledged. “That’s my fault. I have to own that.”
On March 28th, 2014, Rice married Janay Palmer, who he assaulted that February day in Atlantic City. Palmer and his teammates were in attendance at the presser.
His teammates were standing behind the media as a show of solidarity.