Ray Rice Willing To Donate Entire Salary To Charity If Signed

Ray Rice is willing to do anything to play football again, even if it means giving away his entire salary.

Rice says he would donate his entire 2016 salary to organizations and programs aimed at the prevention of domestic violence if signed by an NFL team this season.

“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” Rice told USA Today. “Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness.”

The 29-year-old running back was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL in September 2014 after a video surfaced of Rice punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City casino elevator. His suspension was later overturned by a neutral arbitrator.

While Rice’s last NFL contract paid $25 million over the first two years, the minimum salary for a seventh-year veteran such as Rice in 2016 is $885,000…still a sizeable donation.

The video sparked a national conversation about domestic violence within the league which caused the NFL to release a series of PSA’s discussing their zero tolerance policy for domestic violence.

Rice and his wife, Janay Rice, married soon after his indictment stemming from the Feb. 15, 2014, incident in Atlantic City. Rice was accepted into a pretrial diversion program that resulted in the dismissal of an assault charge against him. The couple has a 4-year-old daughter, Rayven, and a second child is due in September.

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