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Ray Rice says he'll donate his entire 2016 salary if an NFL team signs him



With the start of the NFL preseason now less than a month away, Ray Rice has a last-ditch pitch for football teams.

In an interview with USA Today, the former Baltimore Ravens running back said he would donate his entire 2016 salary to charity if he is signed by an NFL team for this upcoming season. Rice specified that the donations would be made to programs combating domestic violence.

The 29-year-old has been out of the game since his own instance of domestic violence in February 2014 when a video surfaced of Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator.

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Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Ravens. His suspension was later overturned, but no team has signed him since.

The running back told USA Today he deserved the scrutiny "because domestic violence is a horrible thing."

"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."

Janay Rice, now married to the former Ravens player, spoke publicly about the incident. She told ABC News, "At first, I was very angry, and I didn't know what to say. This came out of nowhere. Nothing like this had ever happened before. I knew it wasn't him."

The two were married one month after the attack.

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