Ray Rice calls elevator incident 'one bad night' that 'happened to be on video'

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Ray Rice released a statement Friday apologizing for the domestic issue incident that led to his dismissal from the Ravens.
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay made statements to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens smiles during warm ups before their game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Baltimore Ravens assistant director of public relations Patrick M. Gleason holds the door as running back Ray Rice enter a news conference followed by his wife Janay Rice and Ravens team President Dick Cass at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 17: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sits in the crowd during the the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Levi Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Maine Governor Paul LePage in his office at the State House in Augusta. LePage, who was beaten by his father when he was young and has made domestic abuse prevention and awareness a priority of his administration, wrote a scathing letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the controversial two-game suspension levied on Ray Rice after a domestic incident involving his wife at a N.J. hotel.
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Ray Rice is asking for a "second chance."

After his wife's Janay Rice and her mother Candy Palmer gave a sit-down interview with Today anchor Matt Lauer on Monday, the former Baltimore Ravens player joined his family for an interview of his own with Lauer in an attempt to explain his actions and do some damage control to his reputation as he attempts to join another NFL team.

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Earlier this year, the 27-year-old running back was caught on an elevator surveillance camera in an Atlantic City casino punching Janay, his then fiancee and now wife, and then dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator.

"The reality of it and that's what I'm more worried about fixing is that I want my wife, my daughter, my family - we all just want our lives back," Rice told Lauer. "I took full responsibility for everything that I did, and the only thing I can hope for and wish for is a second chance."

The former pro athlete goes on to suggest that this incident was not a frequent occurrence between him and Janay. "You know, domestic violence is a real issue in society," he said. "We could take our one bad night, it just happened to be on video, but we are truly sorry to the people that are really going through it. You know, it's a real problem. And I know when the time is right, I know my wife wants to help, I know I want to help."

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Rice does admit that he and his wife's relationship hasn't been "perfect" -- after Lauer mentions that he asked Janay directly if an incident such as was seen in the elevator had occurred before. "No relationship is perfect," he said as his family stood by his side. "We've had arguments, but when you talk about abuse, you know, that's something that we know that we'd never cross that path. But then did we say things to each other that we want to take back at times? Yeah, we crossed that line before, but it never got to an altercation where it went that far."

He added, "That was just very uncharacteristic of myself. I take responsibility. That was very uncharacteristic."

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As for talk that Janay is only staying with him for financial reasons and/or because he's a football player, Rice reacted, "I knew my wife before I had anything. We both know where we came from. And just to be honest with you, she's very independent. My wife can survive in this world without me."

He continued, "The one thing I want people to understand is that she sacrificed her well-being for me. And now the role's a little bit reversed. I would sacrifice my well-being for her."

When asked how he'd feel if he never gets to play in the NFL again, Rice told Lauer, "If I never play football again, I'll be honest with you, I would adapt into life and I would sacrifice more so she can have a better future."

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His wife chimed in, "I know regardless he'll always support me in anything that I want to do. So God forbid he doesn't play football again, then I'll step in and, you know, maybe I'll be a provider."

Back in September when the Ray Rice controversy was all over the news, ET sat down with actress and activist Robin Givens who gave her views on the elevator surveillance footage. Upon leaving her allegedly abusive marriage with Mike Tyson in the late '80s, Givens has dedicated time to work on behalf of women, children and families facing challenges of domestic violence.

"I want to say I was shocked, but then in many respects I've sort of been there," Givens said. "I really feel a bond with not only Janay but certainly all women that are in this situation." See Givens' full interview, below.

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