In this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo, former Baltimore Ravens NFL football player Ray Rice stands on the Ravens sideline before a game between the Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he’s not speaking out against domestic violence as a way to rejoin the NFL.Appearing Tuesday in a “CBS This Morning” interview with his wife, Janay, Rice said he sees similarities with himself after a video showed Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel last month. Hunt was released by the Chiefs.“Well, obviously, you know, you look back and you see the similarities,” Rice said. “Early on you could feel like ‘Why they keep bringing my name up?’ You can make excuses or you can actually do the hard work,” Rice said.Rice was dropped from the team after he was captured on videos punching, kicking and dragging his then-fiancee from an elevator in 2014.In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, Ray Rice arrives with his wife, Janay Palmer, for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File) 2 hours ago “I hate that person. I hate him. Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other – I actually got my second chance,” Rice said, when the couple married weeks later.Janay Rice said she had no idea she was in an abusive relationship until she was forced to think about it. She said she has never seen the video in which Rice beat her. She said it was the first and only time he physically abused her.“I was there. I lived it. I don’t really need to relive it over and over again just to appease the world,” she said.Rice denies he’s looking to get back on the field.“Well, see that for me, is something that I understand why it was being said early on about, you know, is this a ploy to get back into football. And I’ll be the first one to say it. I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football. The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most,” he said.He has met with the NFL and shared his story as part of the league’s domestic violence education program.“I know they are working with groups to try to get more of an understanding. And they’re doing the work,” he said.
Facebook5Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryDouglas A. Blackmon, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” will speak at the Olympia Timberland Library on Friday, February 22 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The program will occur after regular library hours. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.Slavery by Another Name presents evidence that slavery in the United States did not end with the Civil War, instead persisting well into the 20th century. It exposes the forced labor of African American men and women, often imprisoned speciously, through the convict lease system used by southern states, local governments, white farmers, and corporations after the American Civil War until World War II in the southern United States. Based on original documents and personal narratives, Slavery by Another Name unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who were pressed back into involuntary servitude after the Emancipation Proclamation had promised freedom. Blackmon continues to gather personal narratives on the subject.A New York Times bestseller in both hardback and paperback, the book won the 2009 prize for General Non-Fiction. The Pulitzer committee called it “a precise and eloquent work that examines a deliberate system of racial suppression and that rescues a multitude of atrocities from virtual obscurity.”About the author:Blackmon is a contributing editor at The Washington Post and chair and host of Forum, a public affairs program that airs on PBS stations. Until joining the Washington Post in 2011, Blackmon was the longtime chief of The Wall Street Journal’s Atlanta bureau and the paper’s Senior National Correspondent. He has written about or directed coverage of some of the most pivotal stories in American life.Blackmon is a much sought after lecturer on race, history and social memory. In 2010, he was invited by Attorney General Eric Holder to present a lecture to senior Department of Justice officials in Washington D.C. He has also lectured at Harvard School of Law, Yale University, Princeton and many other institutions.Blackmon has written extensively over the past 25 years about the American quandary of race–exploring the integration of schools during his childhood in a Mississippi Delta farm town in the 1970s and the dilemma of how a contemporary society should grapple with a troubled past. He also co-produced a 90-minute documentary film based on his book that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on PBS in early 2012.Blackmon grew up in Leland, Mississippi and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlottesville, Virginia.The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org.