Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice apologized on Friday for the "horrible mistake" he made, referring to the domestic violence incident nearly a year ago that got him cut from his team.
In a statement to the Baltimore Sun, Rice thanked the city of Baltimore and the Ravens, hinting at plans to leave Maryland and return to New York.
Rice was terminated from the Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL when TMZ released a video of him knocking out his then-fiancée Janay Rice in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The incident occurred on Feb. 15, 2014.
The controversy triggered a public outcry against the NFL's handling of domestic violence cases.
On Friday, Rice said, "There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made." He also thanked the city of Baltimore for "all the love and support you've shown my family and I." Rice said he was sorry for letting down all the kids who looked up to him.
He was reinstated as an NFL player in November and is now a free agent.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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