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Ray Rice is no stranger to making headlines, especially in the wake of the highly-publicized domestic dispute between he and his wife Janay Rice last year.

Now, Rice is reflecting on what has been the most controversial time of his life. The former Ravens running back spoke to the Baltimore Sunadmitting he had some dark thoughts about suicide following the scandal.

The big picture of it all, being the person that I am, I really felt horrible. You almost want to punish yourself. I know I’m never going to win the battle of public opinion. Honestly, I almost felt like at one point that it wasn’t worth living. I see why people commit suicide.

Rice touched on his relationship with his wife Janay, simply saying “every day gets better.”

He continued:

“It’s tough, I realize that’s a battle I’m going to have to face for the rest of my life,” Rice said. “Time does heal everything, but I don’t think people are going to forget this. I want people to not forget about the incident, but I want people to see there’s a human being on the other side. This is not a monster, a guy who’s a repeat offender. I’m not the guy they stereotype me to be. I’m not excusing what I did.”

Rice was suspended from the Baltimore Ravens immediately after a video of him punching Janay unconscious surfaced on the web.

SOURCE: Baltimore Sun

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