Well… I just got done watching one of the most uncomfortable press conferences I’ve ever seen.
For the first time since being arrested in an Atlantic City casino for assaulting his then fiancee (now wife), Janay Palmer, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice spoke to the media about the “incident”. The press conference was emotional, Rice choked up several times throughout, but I can’t say it’ll improve his tarnished image.
Rice started by apologizing to Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh, to his fans and “the kids”. Oddly omitted from that list: his wife.
Ray Rice: "I want to apologize to Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, and coach Harbaugh. I also want to apologize to my fans, to the kids."
— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) May 23, 2014
#RayRice never apologizes to wife during media conference, but says they wish they could take back 30 seconds of their life.
— Jessica Kartalija (@JessicaWJZ) May 23, 2014
Rice paused several times throughout the interview, scrolling throw notes he had written in his iPhone. He had since mid-February to prepare for this press conference.
The press conference concluded with Janay apologizing for her “role” in the “incident”, which wasn’t well received by some in the national media.
Blaming the victim. For shame. “@Ravens: Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.”
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) May 23, 2014
I remember when victim blaming was something we did on sandlots, for fun. Now it's all official-like and corporate. @Ravens
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) May 23, 2014
Now Ray Rice is making his wife apologize for her "role" in the incident.
— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice made his wife apologize for her "role" in this: https://t.co/eu3pe0JiMC
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) May 23, 2014
He continued to say that he wasn’t a failure and will work his way back up. He thanked his friends, family and agent.
Bizarrely, Ray Rice is thanking his friends and family in an Oscar-style speech at a press conference about how he beat up his wife.
— David P. Woods (@davidpwoods) May 23, 2014