Former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice who was released by the Ravens after damning videos surfaced showing him knocking out his fiancé, the woman he eventually married back in 2014, now considers himself an expert in the dark realm of domestic violence and has some advice for Dallas Cowboys’ defensive end Greg Hardy. In May 2014, Hardy was arrested and charged with assaulting and threatening his former girlfriend Nicole Holder.
New fire was breathed into Hardy’s case when images of Holder’s bruised and battered body were released earlier this month, according to a November 19 report from The Washington Post. During a radio interview on Thursday on the “Boomer & Carton Show,” the now repentant Rice said “One thing I would encourage Greg [to do] is to take a deeper look into what the severity of domestic violence is. It’s better late than never.”
Rice has formally apologized to his wife and the world on multiple occasions for his violent assault although The Post doesn’t feel that Hardy has ever truly expressed any regret for his actions except for a November 7 tweet when he posted “Just had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past and I’m Dedicated to being the best person & teammate that I can be,” followed by another tweet, “but mostly I am Grateful 4 the opportunity to play in NFL #GodBlessHookyStreet.” Fan reactions on Twitter regarding Hardy’s tweets ranged from praising him for admitting to prior mistakes to saying that he should be in jail right now.
Rice was also in a position to advise Hardy on how to better show his regret. On Thursday, the former running back addressed Hardy over the airwaves and said “You have to be sincere in your actions. Show it on and off the field. Take that uniform and use it for what it’s worth. You don’t have to win another football game, you don’t need another dollar to go out and make a difference in other peoples’ lives,” according to The Post.
In July 2015, a judge found Hardy guilty of domestic violence related charges and gave him a suspended jail sentence and 18 months’ probation. But when Hardy appealed that sentence, Holder stopped cooperating with authorities and wouldn’t in appear in court to testify against her convicted abuser. All charges had to be dropped against the NFL defensive end, according to ESPN. Public outrage aimed at Hardy was renewed earlier this month after Deadspin released the photos of Holder’s bruised body.
Rice, who was never able to get back onto the gridiron as no other NFL teams would have anything to do with him following his release from the Ravens, is now angling to work for the NFL as the league’s resident domestic violence expert, according to a recent report from ESPN. If Rice could ever secure such a role with the NFL, he said that his goal would be to help raise domestic violence awareness. For more on the story about Ray Rice offering advice to Greg Hardy, see the video accompanying this article.