Ray Rice Pledges 2016 NFL Salary Towards Domestic Violence If Signed
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Embattled running back Ray Rice, 29, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, finds himself still campaigning for another chance to play in the NFL again although he is the pariah of the league and has essentially been blackballed.
Rice, who was infamously outed by TMZ as a domestic abuser after a videotape was procured by the media outlet of the running back punching his then-fiancee and now wife, Janay, knocking her unconscious, became the poster boy of domestic violence for the NFL and society.
Now, Rice says that he vows to donate his entire salary from 2016 if a team would sign him.
It has been two years since Rice has touched the gridiron and there has not been a team, thus far, willing to take a chance on signing Rice for fear of polarizing the NFL’s growing female fanbase and the (potential) loss of revenue from corporate sponsors who shun Rice.
“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” said Rice, the three-time Pro Bowl running back banished by the NFL (but later reinstated on appeal) amid outrage over the video recorded nearly 2 ½ years ago.
“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.”
Ray Rice hopes to use his digression as a platform to continue to raise awareness on the problem of domestic violence, but also highlight the resources available and work of different organizations.
Rice made $25 million over the first two years of his last NFL contract could reportedly earn a salary of $885,000 as a minimum for a 7th-year veteran.
“I think the biggest donation that you can give to domestic violence is your time,” Rice said. “I’m not just going to be giving it because I have money. I’m going to be giving it because I did the background and the research and spent a lot of time with people who understand the cause.
“The only way to fix the problem is awareness. It’s an epidemic. I know that my situation raised awareness. I’m not thankful for being that guy, but I’m thankful for the people that now are not afraid to ask for help, because I had to go get the help myself after to realize the severity of what domestic violence is.”
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