appearance by an NFL star reigniting the debate about holding athletes accountable. Ray rice of the Baltimore ravens was only suspended two games after his arrest for domestic abuse. Of course, there... See More
appearance by an NFL star reigniting the debate about holding athletes accountable. Ray rice of the Baltimore ravens was only suspended two games after his arrest for domestic abuse. Of course, there was that startling video that seemed to show him dragging his unconscious fiance out of an elevator. Today rice broke his silence with a message to the woman who is now his wife. ABC's Ryan smith has that story. My actions are inexcusable. Reporter: Today, Baltimore ravens all-pro, super bowl winning running back ray rice spoke publically for the first time since the league handed down a much criticized two game suspension for this brutal attack on his now-wife Janay in Atlantic City last February. You see him dragging her out of an elevator last February. I have a little girl who is very smart, very intelligent and one day she's going to know the power of Google and me having to explain to her what happened that night. Reporter: And another first -- the football star publicly apologized to his wife, who he has known since they were teens. I made the biggest mistake of my life. Me. She can do no wrong. She's an angel. Reporter: Back in may, rice's wife even apologized herself for the attack. I deeply regret the role I played in the incident that night. I can say that I am happy that we continued to work through it together. Reporter: Both the attack and the nil's response sparking outrage. The iron fist of the NFL has just been used against ray rice's wife and against every woman in America. Reporter: The NFL isn't commenting on rice's remarks but his suspension seems to pail in comparison to other NFL punishments. One playerings facing a year-long suspension for marijuana use. Another player was suspended four games for fighting with his own body guard. The episode highlighting the scourge of domestic violence. One study showing one in four women are victims. I was totally taken aback when I heard about the penalty and how weak it was. Reporter: Some believing the NFL is out of touch. This is an opportunity for the NFL to speak to women and families and they fumbled the ball. Reporter: Tonight the league still has questions to answer. Now to a story that's been
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