Ray Rice Makes First Appearance Since New Elevator Video Released
Ray Rice attended a high school football game Saturday — his first public appearance since a February surveillance camera video of him knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in an elevator was shared with the media.
Rice, who was cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from playing for the NFL after the video was released, went to the game at New Rochelle High School in southeastern New York with his wife and daughter. He was also accompanied by his mother and former classmates as he watched from the sidelines, according to multiple news reports.
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During the game’s halftime, New Rochelle High’s football coach Lou DiRienzo told reporters, who flanked the field’s sidelines, that being part of the school’s football program is a lifetime commitment, according to The Journal News.
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“Ray is a part of our family and a part of this program, and that’s why I’m very happy that he’s here today,” DiRienzo said. “He made a mistake — and he made a very terrible mistake — but I know the character of the man, and he will rise from this. The mistake that he made will be erased by the good deeds that he will continue to do.”
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DiRienzo had earlier threatened to resign if the school removed Rice’s high school jersey from the gymnasium, a request from the central office of the City School District of New Rochelle, Talk of the Sound, a New Rochelle blog, reported. When asked later for a comment about the threat, DiRienzo declined to comment to USA Today.
An Ex-FBI director is set to investigate the NFL’s handling of Rice’s case after news surfaced that the football league had received a copy of the video in April, but didn’t act until the tape from an Atlantic City casino’s elevator went public.
An earlier video, released in February by TMZ like second one, showed Rice dragging his then-fiancee out of the elevator. After that video went public, Rice was suspended for two games by the NFL.
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