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July 22, 2016

Seeking NFL Return, Ray Rice Pledges His Full Pay to Anti-Violence Work

Ray Rice, the former star running back who has been out of the NFL since video surfaced two years ago of him beating his then-fiancée, tells USA Today he will donate his entire salary to domestic-violence charities if given a chance to play again.

Mr. Rice was cut by the Baltimore Ravens after the release of footage showing him knocking out Janay Rice, now his wife, in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino in early 2014. Assault charges were dismissed after he was accepted into a pretrial diversion program. The 29-year-old player, whose last NFL contract paid him $25 million over its first two years, would earn at least $885,000 as a seventh-year veteran if he signs with a team this season.

“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” said Mr. Rice, who since his ouster has made a series of college visits to talk to young players about the issue. “I’m not saying I’d be [donating the salary] to get on the field, but it’s something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing [his football career] the right way and helping people along the way.”