Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rice's Repentance Tour an NFL Star's Stern Message on Domestic Violence

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rice's Repentance Tour an NFL Star's Stern Message on Domestic Violence

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In an elevator at a casino in February 2014, Ray Rice, the former star running back of the Baltimore Ravens, did something that has haunted him ever since. The initial hallway footage of the incident showed Mr. Rice dragging his fiancee, Janay Palmer, from an elevator. She was unconscious. The optics were bad enough, even without the actual punch being seen.

For months after that, Mr. Rice, the National Football League and the Ravens danced around what might be considered appropriate punishment for domestic abuse. Women's advocacy groups were outraged by what they complained were mere wrist-slapping measures meted out for such a serious offense. He and Ms. Palmer married a month after the incident, and she defended him publicly.

But in September 2014, the gossip site TMZ broadcast the elevator footage of Mr. Rice punching Ms. Palmer unconscious with one blow. His career in the NFL hung in jeopardy. The Ravens tore up Mr. Rice's contract after having defended him most of the year. …

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