NFL's Ray Rice says sorry for fight with fiancee that led to arrest

Fri May 23, 2014 5:36pm EDT
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By John Clarke

(Reuters) - A tearful Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens' Pro Bowl running back, apologized to football fans and team staff on Friday for a fight he had with his then-fiancee that led to his arrest.

Appearing with his wife, Janay, Rice spoke publicly for the first time since being charged with felony assault after the February incident at a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

He faces possible suspension by the National Football League.

Rice, an anti-bullying advocate and three-time Pro Bowl pick, appeared at a televised news conference to offer his apology to the Ravens coaching staff, team owner Steve Bisciotti and fans.

"Sometimes in life, you will fail," he said. "I won't call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down. It's not getting back up."

He said he and his wife had spent time reflecting and working on their relationship.

"No relationship is perfect. But for me and Janay, counseling definitely did help us out," he said.

He appeared overcome with emotion several times.   Continued...

Nov 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs with the ball as Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey (57) defends at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports