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Ray Rice Offers his Support to Kareem Hunt

Ray Rice has opened up about his own experiences in the context of Kareem Hunt being waived over domestic violence.

Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back never played in the NFL again after his own domestic violence charge.

Over the last 48 hours, brutal video footage surfaced of Kareem Hunt assaulting a female by shoving and kicking her. Kareem Hunt had previously denied to his Kansas City Chiefs teammates that he had assaulted her at all.


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Hunt was placed on the Reserve/Commissioner exempt list before being put on waivers. Ray Rice, who was indefinitely suspended for punching his wife in the face, offered to talk to Kareem Hunt.

“You look back at it and obviously you see some similarities between what happened in my situation,” Rice told

“I’m never going to call myself an expert. I’ve [publicly] discussed the remorse I have for survivors of domestic violence, but knowing what I know now the top priority is learning that it comes down to those split-second decisions, which come at the most hostile times. And that’s where this could be a teaching tool.”

“Peer-to-peer, I would definitely try to help him figure out, ‘How can we start dealing with the underlying problems in your life?'” Rice said. “Because he has a long life to live, this will be a defining moment, but it shouldn’t be the moment that defines you. For me, I just see you have a long life to live and that doesn’t mean just playing football — you need to just live one day at a time.”


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“In that moment right there, you go back and you think about your own self,” Rice said.

“First, I would look at the situation and say, ‘How did I even get in that moment, because whatever what was done in that moment, something transpired before it even got there. And honestly, while I don’t know if alcohol or any substances were involved, I know those things can often play a role. I am not blaming anyone who was with him, but I wish someone that was with him, if he’s not in his right mind … would’ve said to him, ‘Look at the situation. Is it worth risking it all for a split-second decision — for something you know you can get out of?'”

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