As known from:
VA
Contains commercial content
US Gambling Sites / Ray Rice Talks About The Inevitable Conversation With His Daughter

Ray Rice Talks About The Inevitable Conversation With His Daughter

Publish Date: 18/12/2015
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

Do you believe in redemption? If you are a sports fan, there’s a very good chance that you do. Considering how often some athletes make bad decisions under the Klieg lights or run afoul of the law in the shadows of night, it’s almost a requirement of fandom or media coverage to seek a second chance for them. Yet, redemption and sports have been married since someone decided to make money from our desire to watch someone run, jump and hit.

BetMGM Sportsbook
Sports Promo
4.5/5
Bet $5 Get $150 Instantly in Bonus Bets
Free Bet
|
T&Cs apply, 21+
Copy
Go to BetMGM Sportsbook
BetMGM Sportsbook Highlights
  • Excellent range of sports markets
  • Plenty of betting options
  • Impressive odds

What about believing in a different, more private sort of redemption? Reclamation, if you will.

On Thursday’s broadcast of "The Dan Patrick Show," the venerated sports anchor interviewed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. The former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion spent about 15 minutes talking about the aftermath of "the biggest mistake of his life," the violent strike of his now-wife in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.

Although people have wondered if Rice would get a chance to return to the NFL — especially in light of the unrepentant Greg Hardy wearing Dallas Cowboys navy blue — the 15-minute video touches upon a more important story.

Rice discussed how he and his wife, Janay, have been united in the weeks and months since the domestic violence incident at the since-closed Revel Casino in the winter of 2014. And while he also delved into his relationships with NFL personnel and the stalled conversations about a return to the league — "I told my agent to tell me when it's real," said the former Rutgers University star — it was his words about his 4-year-old daughter that were the most stirring.

"I have a daughter, and I couldn't imagine that happening to my daughter. And that's my lifelong journey for her to raise her the right way, to make her understand that daddy made the worst decision of my life, and to protect her from that.

"The moment is going to have to come when I have to speak to her... she still asks about football, and I still have to craft enough responses to help her understand why I'm not playing. I'm not ready to have that talk with her yet, but when she gets old enough...

"She knows how to use the iPad and the tablet, and I would hate for her to learn how to type in my name and the first thing that comes up is the video without having me to explain it to her..."

Video: Ray Rice In-Studio on The Dan Patrick Show (Part 1)

Ray Rice In-Studio on The Dan Patrick Show (Part 1)

Whether we like it or not, what made the Rice incident stand above any other involving a public figure was the irrefutable, undeniable and unflinching evidence that it happened. Through that hotel video, millions of people saw it in a way that unless they live up close and personal to the horror, they never would have otherwise. And that video lives forever online, in newsrooms and our minds.

Sports Promo
4.5/5
BetMGM Sportsbook
Sports Promo
4.5/5
Bet $5 Get $150 Instantly in Bonus Bets
Free Bet
|
T&Cs apply, 21+
Copy
Claim Promo

 

The video, more than allusions and accusations that may fade in our collective memories, is the very reason what happens at home is more important than any possible public redemption. Away from the NFL, the court of law and most certainly away from the court of public opinion will be where the Rice family continues to figure itself out.

While it is well within our rights to believe certain things about Rice — a truly good guy who made a life-shattering mistake, a fire-hydrant-sized bully with no regard for anyone but himself, a contradictory mix of the two — we often choose to ignore the lives of those impacted in the aftermath. We cast the offender aside as another in a rotting lot of horrible people or, in the case of too many, find a way to blame the victim all over again.

Yet, there's a young child who knows nothing about this, a child who sees "Mommy and Daddy" rather than the "victim and abuser" that the public will forever know them as. If we are to believe Ray Rice — and considering how the horrendous mismanagement of his punishment by Roger Goodell and Co. actually made him appear as a partially sympathetic figure, it's plausible — then a return to the NFL would be personally fulfilling, but not nearly as paramount in his life as his preparation for the most important conversation of his life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read Also
The Forbidden Game: How Nazi-Aligned Vichy France Banned A Rival Sport
— By Zack Wilson It is one of the greatest sporting injustices ...
Bet365 Promo
Money, Power, Respect: A Jerry Jones-Jimmy Johnson Divorce Retrospective
During the days when she would make an effort to watch football, ...
A 10-Year History Of No. 1 Ranked High School Basketball Players By Rivals
In a little over a month, a new crop of young athletes ...
We Asked Black People Why They Don't Mess With Baseball, Here's What They Said
By Jahmal C. Williams / @thinlinecollect Baseball is regarded as America’s favorite ...
Sportsbook of the month
FanDuel - Get your Bonus Bet now! Get your Bonus Bet now!
Our Team
Mark LewisJosh SchwartzThe TSFJ FamEddie Maisonet IIIDrew the DFS Guy
+2
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
The TSFJ Fam
The TSFJ Fam
TSFJ Contributor
Eddie Maisonet III
Eddie Maisonet III
Chief Editor TSFJ
Drew the DFS Guy
Drew the DFS Guy
DFS Expert
Dan Holmes
Dan Holmes
Sports Writer
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Editor
Get the latest updates in Sports and Casino via our Newsletter

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

21+NCPG
Close
Players accepted in the US US Flag
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
$55 Stake Cash + 260K Gold Coins + 5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 18+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Exclusive Bonus Code: GBHSOCIAL
  • Redeem for Crypto
  • Earn Stake Cash for logging in!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Promo Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site