Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Professional American football player
Date of Birth: 22.01.1987
Country: USA

Biography of Ray Rice

Ray Rice, a professional American football player, was born on January 22, 1987, in New Rochelle, New York. Standing at only 173 cm tall, Rice weighs 93 kg. He began playing American football in high school, playing as a running back and leading his team to victory in the state championship for juniors in 2003. In college, from 2005 to 2007, Rice played for the Scarlet Knights football team at Rutgers University. In the 2008 draft, Rice was selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the 55th pick in the second round.

Ray Rice

Rice signed a four-year contract worth $2,805,000 plus a $1,100,000 bonus with the Ravens and played wearing the number 27. He proved to be a valuable player, and in July 2012, the club signed him to a new five-year contract worth over $40,000,000. However, Rice's own lack of self-control became the reason why the 27-year-old player lost both his contract and, possibly, his career. On September 8, 2014, a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City casino elevator, causing her to lose consciousness, was released and caused a huge public outcry. Even President Obama commented on the former Baltimore Ravens player's actions.

Ray Rice

Rice and Palmer got married on March 28, 2014, a day after they were arrested following a heated argument at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. The couple has a three-year-old daughter together, and they had been dating since 2008. The Ravens suspended Rice from playing for several games of the new season, and criminal charges were dropped after he agreed to attend counseling under court supervision.

Ray Rice

In May, Rice held a press conference where he apologized for the incident to his wife, mother, teammates, fans, and the world. However, on September 8, TMZ released additional footage showing the moment Rice and Palmer entered the elevator, the clear moment of the punch, Palmer falling unconscious, men in suits casually walking by, and Palmer finally regaining consciousness. As a result, the Baltimore Ravens immediately severed all ties with Rice, and the NFL decided to suspend him from participating in games indefinitely.

The video sparked reactions from numerous well-known individuals, including actresses Mia Farrow and Jamie Lee Curtis, actor and screenwriter Seth Rogen, influential sports commentator Bill Simmons, and even President Barack Obama. The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, released a brief statement after discussing the situation with President Obama, quoting his words that domestic violence is unacceptable in civilized society.

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