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Chris Brown knows a thing or two about the legal system and court of public opinion. The singer’s troubles string back to a domestic violence incident in 2009 involving his then girlfriend Rihanna. Well, today, he’s on the road to recovery and he sat down with MTV’s Sway recently, who asked him to comment on football player Ray Rice’s current domestic violence case.

What Brown said was actually quite insightful:

“I think it’s all about the choices you do make. And then also, with me, I dealt with a lot of anger issues from my past, not knowing how to express myself verbally. But at the same time, not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they were. So I just think help is great. You know I still talk to my therapist twice a week. For me, it helps me to actually be able to–if I’m frustrated or if I’m dealing with something– to vent and say what I’m going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person: ‘You know what this is how you should react’ or ‘It’s good to feel this way.’ Because feelings, emotions are energy in motion. It’s supposed to come in and go. It’s not supposed to stay there. You’re not supposed to keep it inside because it’ll just bottle up and you’ll become a monster.

So for me, I think  dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself and the life I’ve been through and where I’m headed and where I want to be–has helped me really focus on what’s important and not eff up. So I think for anybody who’s going through that situation or anybody who’s dealing with it, it’s all about the choices. Every situation is different but it’s all about the choices you make and how you control your anger.

Ray or anybody else because I’m not better than the next man. I can just say I’ve been down that road and I’ve dealt with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too. But it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.”

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