The former NFL running back Ray Rice, whose career was cut short after he assaulted his then-fiance — The charge was dropped – will be honored by his former team on Sunday.
The Baltimore Ravens have selected Rice as their „legend of the game,“ with the announcement including remarkably tone-deaf, passive comments:
„Rice’s 2014 incident ended his career and thrust him into a national discussion about domestic violence.
Rice is celebrated for the player he was and the atonement he has worked for. Out of the public eye, Rice has worked on himself, his relationship, and within the community.“
As previously reported, A video showed Rice knocking Janay Palmer unconscious and dragging her out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino.
„I knew it would be hard to forgive me, but the one thing I was consistent with was I knew I was planning to be a better person,“ said Rice. „I will not be a victim of my past. My legacy will not be domestic violence. My legacy will be what I became after that.“
However, honoring a player with a checkered past is nothing new for Baltimore, which inducted Ray Lewis – who faced two murder charges (later dropped) – into its ring of honor, alongside Jamal Lewis, who served prison time for pleading guilty to using a cellphone to facilitate a drug deal.
So much for the sign clause.