Embattled football star Ray Rice faced the nation on Thursday for the first time since the NFL suspended him for two games for knocking out his wife in an elevator.
The Baltimore Ravens running back has faced a firestorm of criticism since disturbing surveillance video showed him dragging his then-fiancée, Janay, out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino after he knocked her unconscious.
Rice came in for more condemnation after a May news conference with Janay by his side. Although he apologized for his behavior, he didn't directly apologize to her. On Thursday, he corrected that mistake.
He said, “Last time, I didn't publicly apologize to my wife and we still have to deal with this, and her pain is my pain and my pain is her pain, and one thing I want to do is apologize to my wife.”
Rice and Janay were married last month. They are now in counseling.
He said, “She can do no wrong. She's an angel.”
An ESPN panel gave Rice high marks for his comments. One pundit said, “He couldn't correct anything he did that day in the elevator. All he can do now is take the right steps in the right direction now and I thought he took the right step.”