OWINGS MILLS, Md. — His voice cracking with emotion, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice acknowledged Friday that he “failed miserably” and apologized for the actions that led to his arrest on assault charges.
Rice was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck fiancée Janay Palmer. The couple married in late February, and both went to the stage at the team training complex for their first public comment since the arrest.
“I failed miserably, but I wouldn’t call myself a failure because I’m working my way back up,” he said.
Wearing a light gray suit and striped tie, Rice spoke for just over six minutes and didn’t take questions. His speech was not prepared, but he often referred to notes on his cellphone.
“I know many of my supporters, sponsors, don’t want to be in partnership with me. That’s my fault,” Rice said. “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.”
Rice was accepted Tuesday into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.
“I want you to know I’m still the Ray Rice that you know, or used to know, or grown to love,” Rice said. “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.”
OWNER CHARGED WITH 2 MISDEMEANORS: In Noblesville, Ind., Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was formally charged with two misdemeanor counts stemming from his arrest in March.
Hamilton County prosecutors said Friday that Irsay had been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body. An affidavit says Irsay was driving under the influence of oxycodone and/or hydrocodone.
Irsay was arrested near his home with $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle. He later sought treatment.
EXECUTIVE SENTENCED TO SEVEN MONTHS: In Breckenridge, Colo., a Broncos executive accused of crashing into two cars while driving drunk was sentenced to seven months in jail after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and careless driving resulting in injury.
Director of player personnel Matt Russell was charged after a vehicle ran into the back of a police car in Summit County over the July 4 holiday.
County Court Judge Edward Casias on Friday sentenced Russell to jail time and approved Russell for work release and participation in a court-ordered treatment plan as part of his sentence. Russell was also ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.
WARD APPEARS IN COURT: In Denver, safety T.J. Ward appeared in court Friday on misdemeanor charges that he threw a glass mug at a bartender at a Denver strip club.
Ward, 27, is charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace in the May 10 incident at PT’s All Nude club. Court documents say Ward tossed the mug at the bartender at 2:40 a.m. after he was told he couldn’t bring a drink into the club.
A court date was set for June 23, according to The Denver Post.
Police issued an arrest warrant for Ward on Thursday. Ward’s attorney, Abe Hutt, said Ward didn’t know he was wanted until he saw a television news report Thursday night. Hutt said the warrant was dismissed Friday.