Baltimore Raven running back Ray Rice Friday issued an apology to his fans and the Ravens administration following an altercation with this then-girlfriend Janay Palmer.
“I wish me and Janay could take back 30 seconds of our life,” he said.
He began by apologizing to Ravens owner Steve Biscotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh.
“I want to apologize to my fans and the kids,” Rice said. "Hopefully one day we’ll gain back everyone’s trust. ... I treat my job as a very special job. I failed miserably but I don’t consider myself a failure.”
Rice was approved for the Pre-Trial Intervention program of New Jersey earlier this week. Assault charges levied against Rice stemming from an altercation with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel and casino could be dismissed after he successfully completes the program.
“Me and Janay together what counseling has done for us, we want the world to see that it’s helped out,” Rice said. “One thing that I do know is that I’m working every day to be a better father, husband and role model.”
Palmer, who married Rice after the incident in New Jersey, added “I regret the role that I played in the incident that night. … “I love Ray and I know he will continue to prove himself … and gain your respect back in due time.”
Rice did not take questions from reporters.