Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun had a very good sit down interview with Ray Rice the former Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl running back, and it became very personal when he began to talk about how bad he felt for the incident. Rice says he understands why people commit suicide, and said he almost wanted to punish himself for the incident.
“The big picture of it all, being the person that I am, I really felt horrible. You almost want to punish yourself. I know I’m never going to win the battle of public opinion. Honestly, I almost felt like at one point that it wasn’t worth living. I see why people commit suicide.”
Rice continued, “It hurt that bad. I was low, real low. It hurt that bad because you worked your whole life to do all the right things and then you’re the world’s most hated person. It was really tough. My daughter, oh Lord, I grew up without a father, there’s no way I could check out on my own family.”
“Time does heal everything, but I don’t think people are going to forget this. I want people to not forget about the incident, but I want people to see there’s a human being on the other side. This is not a monster, a guy who’s a repeat offender. I’m not the guy they stereotype me to be. I’m not excusing what I did.”
It sounds like Rice is turning another leaf in his life, but this just goes to show you how harsh media can be sometimes.