Ray Rice might never play a down in the NFL again, but if he does, he vows to donate his entire salary to domestic violence programs.
Rice will always be known for being the guy who knocked out his fiancée in a casino elevator, rather than who he was as a player. It’s well-deserved, and one could argue such a disgusting act shouldn’t be forgiven and the ex-Ravens running back deserves zero sympathy for the aftermath of the incident. I’d agree with that argument.
However, Rice is looking to make amends even if it means parting ways with an entire year’s worth of an NFL salary. Rice told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday he’d donate his 2016 salary to organizations that focus on education and prevention of domestic violence if he were signed by an NFL team. While Rice can’t ever take back what he did in 2014, it’s good to see him show remorse and offer a way to help the situation.
Judging by what Rice told USA TODAY Sports, he seems serious about doing anything he can to raise awareness for domestic violence.
“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” Rice said.
“Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness.”
“People need homes. People need shelter when they’re in a crucial situation. I’ve donated a lot of money to charities, but I had a situation where it was a national crisis. I’m not saying I’d be (donating the salary) to get on the field, but it’s something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way.”
Despite Rice’s kind offer, he’s a long-shot to make an NFL roster anyway. The last time he played was 2013 when he averaged a career-low 3.1 yards on 214 carries. It’s hard to believe he’d be any better as a 29-year-old who missed so much time.