PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ray Rice has made a strong declaration.
The former Baltimore Ravens star running back, who was seen hitting his ex-fiancée in an elevator through a video released in September of 2014, says he will donate his entire NFL salary to domestic violence programs if he is signed by a team.
“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” Rice told USAToday.com
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Rice, 29, played six seasons for the Ravens rushing for over 6,000 yards and reaching three Pro Bowls. A New Rochelle, New York native, the 5-8, 205-pound running back was a star at Rutgers University, becoming their all-time leading rusher.
“Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me,” Rice continued. “I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness.
“People need homes. People need shelter when they’re in a crucial situation. I’ve donated a lot of money to charities, but I had a situation where it was a national crisis. I’m not saying I’d be (donating the salary) to get on the field, but it’s something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way.”
USAToday.com reports the minimum salary for Rice, a seventh-year player, would be $885,000. Rice’s last NFL game came in 2013, a season where he rushed for just 660 yards on 214 carries (3.1 yards per carry).