As previously reported, Rice was arrested after a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck his then fiancee Janay. The couple married in late February, and both went to the stage at the team training complex for their first public comments since the arrest.
Press conference attendees included Rice’s mother, Janet, and his father-in-law, Joe Palmer. During the press conference, he said:
I failed miserably, but I wouldn’t call myself a failure because I’m working my way back up. know many of my supporters, sponsors, don’t want to be in partnership with me. That’s my fault. I take full responsibility for that. One thing I do know is that I’m working every day to be a better father, a better husband and just a better role model.
I want you to know I’m still the Ray Rice that you know, or used to know, or grown to love…I’m still the same guy. As me and Janay wish we could take back 30 seconds of our life, we definitely sit here and tell you that we are better parents, we are better lovers and also better friends….There were a lot of tears shed, but me and Janay can truly say we’re in a better place. We just hope to one day gain back everyone’s trust. We’re still the same people, and I’m still the same person.
After Rice spoke, Palmer briefly gave remarks, telling the audience: