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Former Ravens running back Ray Rice apologizes to Baltimore in statement

In a statement sent to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, former Ravens running back apologized for his domestic abuse incident a year ago.

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Former Ravens running back Ray Rice issued a lengthy apology in a statement sent to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, published early Friday morning.

Rice was cut from the franchise last September when a video showing the former Pro Bowl runner knocking his now-wife Janay Rice out in an elevator at a New Jersey casino.

Wilson also reports that Rice is moving from Baltimore to New York and still hopes to resume his playing career. Here's the statement Rice sent The Sun.

Dear Baltimore,

This is not a farewell or goodbye. The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you’ve shown my family and I throughout my football career. We’ll always be grateful for the love we’ve received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl. To all the kids who looked up to me, I’m truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it’s helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare. There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people’s lives by raising awareness of this issue. Thank you, Baltimore Ravens, for all you have done for my family and I. I’m very grateful to Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh, and everyone at 1 Winning Drive. I love you all very much, and I’ll always be proud to say I played for the Baltimore Ravens.

Thank you.

-- Ray Rice