Ray Rice writes apology, thank you to the people of Baltimore

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BALTIMORE – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is again apologizing for his domestic violence arrest last year. In a letter published Friday by The Baltimore Sun, Rice apologized for disappointing the kids that looked up to him and asked for forgiveness.

He also thanked the people of Baltimore for supporting him.

Rice was arrested last year after punching his then-fiance in a casino elevator. The Ravens terminated his contract in September when video of the incident surfaced.

Rice plans to move to New York to try and re-start his football career, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Here is the full letter that appeared in the paper:

Dear Baltimore,

This is not a farewell or goodbye. The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown my family and I throughout my football career. We’ll always be grateful for the love we’ve received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl. To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it’s helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare. There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by raising awareness of this issue. Thank you, Baltimore Ravens, for all you have done for my family and I. I’m very grateful to Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh, and everyone at 1 Winning Drive. I love you all very much, and I’ll always be proud to say I played for the Baltimore Ravens.

Thank you.

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