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Ray Rice Apologizes to Fans

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BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC) - Ex-Ravens player Ray Rice has posted a statement apologizing to fans for a "horrible mistake" and asking for forgiveness.

In a statement released Friday to The Baltimore Sun and posted on his Facebook page, thanked the city and the Ravens for all the "love and support" they gave him during his seven-year stint in Baltimore. He also apologized for the domestic violence that led to his being released from the Ravens.

The full statement read: 

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.

Ray Rice

The statement comes nearly a year after Rice was charged in New Jersey with assaulting then-fiancee Janay Palmer. On Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Palmer in an elevator. Rice and Palmer have since married.

The Ravens released the running back after the video became public.

Rice said his statement was not a farewell.
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