Two years later, the video isn’t any easier to watch.
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice was seen knocking out his then fiancee, now wife, Janay.
The incident captured on a surveillance video inside the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel.
Since then Rice has tried apologize. His wife has forgiven him.
The NFL seems yet to do so. Since being cut by the Ravens two years ago, Rice hasn’t even managed a tryout with an NFL team.
Now 29 years old, Rice is making a major pledge.
If he gets another shot in the League, he’ll donate his entire salary to programs fighting to end domestic violence.
Rona Solomon at the Center Against Domestic Violence says there’s a message behind the money.
“That Ray Rice gets it,” said Solomon. “That there’s a need a for services. That there’s something he can do and that he can stand up.”
Teams and fans have been willing to give athletes a second chance in the past.
Recently, Jose Reyes received a standing ovation when he returned to the Mets, despite a domestic incident with his wife which he’s repeatedly apologized for as well.
At this point, the issue of making an NFL roster might be more about Rice’s talent than forgiveness. But if he gets a chance, his minimum salary would be almost $900,000.
Money that Rachel Goldsmith at Safe Horizon says could be put to good use for victims.
“We want to be able to offer the best services possible. So, any resources and any donations are going to help the cause of ending domestic violence.”
The reality is, domestic violence is not isolated to athletes. One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. All of New York City’s Domestic Violence shelters are at capacity thanks to the affordable housing crisis.
“The reality is domestic violence happens in every community,” said Goldsmith. “It doesn’t matter what economic status you are, what race, what ethnicity, what religion. Domestic violence is a prevalent and staggering issue across our country, so we all need to raise awareness and stop it.”
So regardless of the motive, Rice’s money could do a lot of good.
“There’s a real need for that money to provide services for people who are already victims of domestic violence and on their way to becoming survivors,” said Solomon
If you need help dealing with domestic violence you can contact either of these organizations:
Safe Horizon Hotline: 800-621-4673
Center Against Domestic Violence Hotline: 718-439-1000