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Ray Rice Willing to Give Entire Salary to Domestic Violence Charity for NFL Return

Former NFL and Rutgers University football player Ray Rice was in attendance at the Rutgers Tri-State football camp at Fairleigh Dickson University. 6/8/2016
Former NFL and Rutgers University football player Ray Rice was in attendance at the Rutgers Tri-State football camp at Fairleigh Dickson University. 6/8/2016

*Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who hasn’t played an NFL game since 2013, says he would give every last one of his paychecks to a domestic violence charity for another chance in the NFL.

“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” Rice told USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. “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.”

Rice said he would specifically give to organizations with programs focusing on education and prevention of domestic violence, as well as housing for survivors.

“People need homes,” Rice continued. “People need shelter when they’re in a crucial situation. I’ve donated a lot of money to charities, but I had a situation where it was a national crisis. I’m not saying I’d be (donating the salary) to get on the field, but it’s something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way.”

Should Rice sign to a team, his minimum salary would be $885,000.

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