Ray Rice, former running back who was released by the Baltimore Ravens, is eligible to play in the NFL again and is now a free agent.
After a video tape surfaced back in July of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée out of an elevator, Rice was suspended. However, in September, video footage of Rice punching his then-fiancée in the face surfaced and the Ravens terminated his contract.
Soon after Rice was released, the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely. But now after winning an appeal of his suspension, Rice can return to the field.
After the hearing, Rice said:
“I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends and fans — but most importantly, my wife Janay. I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions.
I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes.”
The 2014-15 season has been a rough one for commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL. One filled with domestic abuse cases all over the league. Now that there is a spotlight on the NFL’s controversies and allegations against so many players, will Rice get picked up?
Are there any owners who want their team to be the one to support a woman abuser? Let’s hope not.