Transcript for Ray Rice Publicly Apologizes for Assault on Wife
We turn to a football star publicly apologizing to his wife after a violent incident in a casino. His two-game suspension by the NFL widely criticized as not being strong enough set off a firestorm and ABC's Ryan smith is here with the story. Good morning, Ryan. Reporter: Good morning. Ravens star running back ray rice addressed the media for the first time since the NFL handed him a two-game suspension and while some sided with him for sounding contrite others wonder why he didn't do more. I made a huge mistake. Reporter: This morning Baltimore ravens football player ray rice was speaking out for the first time following the NFL's much criticized two-game suspension of the star for this shocking alleged attack on his then girlfriend, now wife, Janay. Accused of punching and dragging her out of an elevator. I know that's not who I am as a man. I made the biggest mistake of my life. She can do no wrong. It caused a frenzy on social media both for and against him one writing "He's human. We all make mistakes." Another, "It's ridiculous that ray rice gets a two-game suspension for assaulting his wife. That should be jail time plus years suspension." The NFL wouldn't comment on it but now facing accusations of incensensitivity to domestic violence. 21 of 32 teams employed a player with a domestic or sexual violence charge on his record last year. This morning critics are calling out NFL commissioner roger Goodell who has suspended players for longer periods for DUIs, drug use, even illegal tattoos. Such an oppor fnityor the NFL to speak directly to women and to families and they fumbled the ball. Reporter: While ravens coaches and players are rallying around their teammate. He's a heck of a guy. Reporter: Rice's wife who pleaded with the commissioner to go lightly on her husband's punishment is standing silently in support. Rice said one day his daughter will be able to Google his name and want to know what happened. A group of senators wrote to the commissioner last night imploring him to issue a stiffer penalty saying the suspension represents a cavalier attitude towards women. Lara. But, Ryan, these suspensions usually are not changed. No, roger Goodell handed down the suspension, ray rice agreed and the union didn't appeal so unlikely but you never know. They could bow to public pressure. To a shocking shooting in
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