Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in September after a video surfaced of him knocking his now-wife Janay to the floor of an Atlantic City elevator, spent Saturday handing out gifts at a holiday event in his hometown of New Rochelle.
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice has spent the last several months quietly trying to rehab his tarnished reputation, staying out of the public eye. But during the holiday season Rice is doing something he is known for in Baltimore — helping kids have a better Christmas.
Rice, who was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in September after a video surfaced of him knocking his now-wife Janay to the floor of an Atlantic City elevator, spent Saturday handing out gifts at a holiday event in his hometown of New Rochelle.
He presented a check for $10,000 to the Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls and the Jerome Wagner Youth Residence for Boys. Accompanied by Janay, Rice then handed out presents to the surprised children at the Hollow Courts in New Rochelle, the housing project where Rice grew up and where he often visits. Rice has been reinstated by an arbitrator and is hoping to catch on with an NFL team next season.
Raymell Mourice “Ray” Rice (born January 22, 1987) is a professional American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Rutgers University and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He is ranked as the Ravens’ second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis (7,801) with 6,180 yards, and is also second in rushing attempts (1,430) and rushing touchdowns , and third in combined touchdowns.
Video released earlier show the football star punching Palmer in the face and rendering her unconscious in the hotel elevator. Rice was then seen dragging her limp body. Both Rice and Palmer were arrested on assault charges. Rice was later charged with aggravated assault, and the charges against Palmer were dropped.
The incident between the couple opened a nationwide discussion about domestic violence. Rice publicly apologized for the incident.