Ray Rice thanks judge, apologizes to his wife
The NFLPA has every reason to gloat, for what is clearly a big win for the union with the reinstatement of former Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Rice, on the other hand, needs to show a bit more contrition since this whole deal began with him punching his wife in the face.
In a statement sent out by the union, Rice again expressed remorse for assaulting his wife Janay.
“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,” Rice said. “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.”
Whether he plays another down of football, fixing that relationship will be his biggest priority.
Rice said previously that at some point he hoped to be able to become an advocate in the fight against violence toward women.
Today clearly puts him a step closer to that, but only time will tell if his actions match his words.